We’re headed to Virginia this weekend.
Austin and I will be attending a dear friend’s wedding while my parents watch Waylon overnight. It will be the first time we’re away, alone, since Waylon was born. More importantly, it’s the first time Waylon will be away from both of us. I’m trying not to think too much about it.
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Recently On Repeat
Gregory. It’s always Gregory.
Recently No Joke
Remember the real life Barbie doll we all gasped over last April?
She’s back, with a friend.
Recently A Dad
Nice dads make me cry.
Recently The Truth
A week ago, a man named Richard Neill posted a rant on Bodyform’s Facebook wall, humorously calling out the brand for false advertising—saying his girlfriend doesn’t have happy periods like those depicted in the ads, but instead becomes “the little girl from the exorcist with added venom and extra 360 degree head spin.” The post has gotten more than 84,000 likes. Rather than ignore it, Bodyform one-upped Mr. Neill with the video below.
23 Things No One Cares About But You by The Thought Catalog. #6? Guilty.
Top 100 Internet Reactions To the 2nd Presidential Debate by The Ranker. My Sister’s Trapper Keeper is my favorite.
45 Best Pictures Of Scared Bros At The Haunted House of 2012 by Buzzfeed. (Thanks Carrie) #19 is the best.
Protecting Change on YouTube. Jane Lynch, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Billie Jean King, George Takei, Wanda Sykes, Zachary Quinto, and Chaz Bono share on positive change. Cried a little bit.
Child Actor Henry Thomas’s E.T. Audition on YouTube. HE NAILS IT. Blew my mind.
Watch the stratos jump – this time in LEGO on YouTube. Pretty amazing. (Thanks Dad)
After a revealing photo of 15-year-old Amanda Todd was passed around online, the teen couldn’t escape widespread bullying — even after switching schools. On October 10 she posted this chilling note card video to YouTube. Then she committed suicide.
A few days ago, my friend Suzie sent me this Slate article entitled, “Pointless Shame: The English-Speaking World’s Issue With Women’s Breasts.” The article speaks about bullying, about our culture’s obsession with breasts, and how we’re ruining ourselves and our girls with our current outlook.
“As a parent I’ll warn my kids about the permanence of the Web, its perils and how to avoid them. I’ll particularly want any child of mine to understand the potential consequences of naked images of their bodies winding up online. It’s prudent to teach kids how to navigate prevailing social norms, whatever they may be. But don’t stories like this one demand something more from us than cautioning? When a child is bullied to the point of suicide partly because a photo of her breasts was circulated to her friends and family, shouldn’t we ask ourselves why the Anglosphere retains social norms wherein being seen topless is regarded as horrifying and shameful?”
“Amanda Todd’s story is a lot more complicated than an inane, pervasive taboo against exposed breasts. She felt foolish partly because a stranger she trusted betrayed her; she was bullied partly due to violating taboos against promiscuity, not just nudity (taboos that could themselves be the subject of a long critique). But it remains the case that her story wouldn’t have been possible save for the flawed norms that make a big deal out of nudity, cloak it in shame and conflate it with especially transgressive promiscuity. Along with the bullying and slut-shaming that helped drive her to suicide, that norm deserves to be attacked. Yes, let’s caution our kids about its existence. Let’s also teach them that it’s incorrect, that the human body is nothing to feel shame over, that the bullies are not merely unkind, but wrong on the merits. Let’s raise kids who don’t grow up to be offended by nipple slips, topless beaches, or mothers breastfeeding in public, and are therefore less vulnerable to youthful mistakes, rogue photographers, and slut-shaming. Let’s grow up — they’re just breasts.”
Read more HERE.
And finally, our Friday Funnies from the Internets
Please Move The Deer Crossing: An actual call from an actual listener to a radio station in Fargo, ND.
First Lady Debate by Jimmy K:
Ted Talks Parody Of The Day:
& finally, the Claire Danes Cry Face Project
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