Sugar Bowl: Week of 4/27/13

Oh my God—I graduate next week.

I move next week, too.

The following are some of the things I’ve been reading this past week to distract myself from the anxiety of finishing my undergraduate education and starting a transitional period of my life. I’m pretty nervous about finding a full-time job in a new place, especially since I’ve been out of work for a while. I need to seriously work on my resume because it’s currently pitiful-looking.

Compared to last week’s mania, I feel like this week had far fewer blogs that really caught my eye. Then again, I might just be feeling too wound-up to really settle down and comb carefully through my feed. In any case, click below to see what I’ve been reading this week instead of working on the dozens of tasks I need to complete before next Wednesday!

  • I recommend everyone follow Angelina (ALB) on Tumblr. Don’t be fooled by the pink, lacey girlishness of her blog—her posts are often supercharged with feminism. She also posts videos from her YouTube channel, albinwonderland, which broaches subjects from nerd culture to fashion to cultural critiques. I would also like to mention that I’ve always wanted, and been fascinated by, pink hair.
  • Speaking of Tumblr, have you heard of The Vintage Thimble? As one might gather from my use of super-old wood engravings in my blog posts, I’m a lover of all things that are Really Friggin’ Old. This blog features a lot of fashions common during the days of yesteryear.
  • Okay, this’ll be my last plug for a Tumblr, but I think Feminist Disney deserves a mention this week. I like Feminist Disney because the posts sometimes inspire critical conversations about the portrayal of women in Disney’s animated films. Recently, there’s been a lot of discussion about the intersectionality of Native American issues and women’s issues, provoked by an image of Feminist!Pocahontas.
  • This heartbreaking post on Flavorwire examines the tendency of homosexual men to abuse substances. While I think it’s important to study (and reduce!) instances of suicide amongst members of the LGBTQ+ community, I also think that it’s worth discussing how substance abuse can serve as an alternative source of escape and destruction for those who are often marginalized by society.
  • On her blog this week, Kate Fridkis argues that women’s issues are not first-world problems. Her insights perfectly articulate my frustration whenever others try to shoot down my feminist views by merely making the argument that, relatively speaking, in the U.S. sexism “isn’t so bad.” However, sexism—no matter how “subtle”—is always bad.
  • Some argue that adjunct instructors are basically slave labor for the university, and if this post about the lack of health care being provided to adjuncts is anything to go by, that statement rings true.
  • I’ll admit it—I didn’t know who “Grimes” was until I saw this post on Flavorwire about how she and artists like Jay-Z are directing their own celebrity narratives. I’ve always been interested in how social media and sites like Tumblr and Twitter are changing the relationship between “untouchable” celebrities/public figures and the rest of us. I also find it interesting that the past few years have seen a rise (I think, at least) in “micro-celebrities” who come to fame by blogging or making YouTube videos. It feels like the gap between “fame” and social isolation is beginning to close. Maybe Andy Warhol was right… but that’s a topic for another post.
  • This infographic of necessary new punctuation marks is brilliant! How can we make this a thing? Contact the MLA? A girl can dream…
  • About a year ago, I stopped shopping at “fast fashion” stores because I felt like the quality was just horrible. This interview with Elizabeth Cline, author of Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion, offers a condensed version of Cline’s argument: that fast fashion is taking advantage of third-world labor to provide American with a never-ending supply of crappy knockoffs, usually at the expense of actual designers.

Have a good day, everyone! I should probably go pack or do something productive. Maybe.

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