Internethings #2

So it’s day three of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence. FACT: One in three women have experienced physical or sexual violence from partner. More facts in this infographic and this list.

FACT: Gender-Based violence is NOT just about rape or other physical violences. It’s also about awful stereotyping. Like the Barbie book that teaches girls that boys are better at computers (UGH!). Luckily the internet got back at it quickly. #FeministHackerBarbie FTW!

Seriously though: what awful things society teaches girls that we are completely oblivious about! The Honest Trailer take on The Little Mermaid really hit hard.

Also, our vice-president just proposed that women should have less working hours so that they would have more time with their children. Because apparently women are supposed to work AND take care of their children (and clean the house and make coffee for their husband when he finally comes home, no matter what time that would be). Sigh. I ought to write a whole rant on this one.

In other news, our first daughter shunned special treatment in the civil service exams, which is great.

And for a random link: Hidden Spaces, an art project that showcases the space that famous painting figures occupy. Hmm.

Internethings #1

Things I found or articles I read today that are interesting:

FSU Student Saved by the Books — a gunman opened fire at Florida State University on Thursday, killing three people. One student avoided being killed because the bullet hit his books instead.

Ladybird Drops Gender Labeling for Books — because stories should be for everyone!

#MyJesusProject — this blogger plans to spend between 14 and 18 months figuring out what it seriously means to follow Jesus in our 21st century western world. Hmm.

TasteKid — a website that recommends books, TV series, movies, authors based on something else you like.

Also, today marks the beginning of the 16 days of activism against gender based violence, so a lot of things are happening on the web around that. The UN campaign is #OrangeUrHood. There’s a prayer and action resource by the We Will Speak Out Coalition. The World YWCA campaigns for #NoXCuses, which the WCC is also taking up. With regards of this theme, I found this quote by Margaret Atwood to be appropriate:

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Project: Re-Start!

Well, I’m turning 30 in six days. SIX days. That’s less than a week. It’s difficult to fathom. I’ve been thinking about it a lot in the last few days. Part of me wants to say “whatever, it’s just another birthday,” while another part is anxious about it. This second part wants my 30th birthday to be extra special, and it wants it to be the beginning of the best decade yet.

The second part is winning.

And so, first and foremost, I’ve decided that it’s time to get out of my blogging hibernation. It’s time to get back in “the game”, despite the challenges that that might present (at the moment of writing this, I am neglecting two group papers, two reports, and three articles).

This morning when I thought about going back to blogging, I realized that I once created a special layout to celebrate my birthday on my blog which was at that time on pitas. That particular layout was for my 17th birthday. Which means that was 13 years ago. Which made me feel old. Other than making me feel old though, it made me realize that I was blogging way before blogging was cool.

Yet, instead of being a professional blogger (something I still feel like aiming to be), all my blogs (yes, I have several) have been on a long hiatus. On a side note, before the long hiatuses, there was a lot of moving around too, which is probably the reason why I don’t have a thousand readers at the moment. Not that I would ever do, of course, but it’s nice to dream about it.

Anyway, as I said, it’s time to get back to blogging, a re-start so to say, and this time I hope I won’t stop.

I’ve been hesitating about getting this post up, thinking that maybe I ought to do proper housekeeping first, which is something I’ve been trying to do for the last six months or so. It’s too hard! So, I decided to just go ahead. I will change things along the way, or not.

Bear with me, it’s going to be a bumpy but awesome ride!