Is anyone else feeling a bit like January is a bit of a… grind thus far? Thankfully, it’s a long weekend. Join us Monday for what we’re considering APW Brunch… a Beyonce & Feminism link roundup from Rachel, to celebrate MLK day. But otherwise, let’s all take naps, yeah? Maddie and I are gearing up for Alt Summit next week, and we’re ready for the part where we get to put on our cute clothes, learn things, give talks, meet up with friends old and new… and yes, take a few meetings. But we’re hoping the sparkles will light up a gloomy January. (If you’re going to be at Alt please let us know in the comments. And come see me! I’m moderating a big talk on the business of blogging.) Till then we’ve got APW Happy Hour, hosted by the lovely Monogamy Wine, to cheer us up.
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Highlights of APW This Week
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When the first pictures of this wedding hit Instagram, I found out petting zoos at weddings are oddly controversial. I’m on the pro-fuzzy animal bandwagon, in case you were wondering.
You know the BEST EVER TV WEDDING from Season One of HBO’s Girls? This tutorial will get you started if you want to make an amazing wedding arch like Jessa’s. Please someone go fully-decorated-whole-hog and send pictures?
A glittery Catholic wedding with a Virgin Mary cameo. What more could you want?
And don’t forget the tutorial for glittery welcome signs!
An honest post about doubts within marriage and the possibility of divorce.
This amazing kid-friendly wedding, where two gay dads were finally able to legally get hitched. Sob alert.
Rent a wedding dress. As someone in comments put it, “It’s the Rent-A-Swag of evening gowns! Awesome.”
Engaged and noticing sexism? Check and check.
The post spawned a comment thread on sexism that is eye opening (and saddening).
We had a great time rolling around in material goods with you this week, figuring out what you should add to your registry. And now I have Madonna stuck in my head.
Lessons from the urban clambake, courtesy of Elisabeth.
There has been a lot of staff discussion behind the scenes this week about the fact that young talented (feminist) women are treated particularly badly by our culture, and a good portion of it is women-on-women violence. Jezebel’s galling $10K offer for un-re-touched photos of Lena Dunham’s stunning Vogue shoot (because she can’t really look that good, right? WRONG.) and their receipt of photos showing them only appropriately re-touched (Fixing an unflattering neckline? Check.), was an interesting example of it.
In most hilarious articles, “I regret to inform you that my wedding to Captain Von Trapp has been cancelled.”
A frivolous video that you probably don’t need in your life—the Ross Sisters’ crazy breakdance from 1944. You’re welcome.
How has Bust magazine survived? (Barely, is the answer. Support women’s media… making money, y’all.)
Joseph Gordon-Levitt on being a feminist. (I expected this video to be fluffy. It’s not. He’s really a feminist.)
Meryl Streep’s speech to Emma Thompson, ”a rabid, man-eating feminist, like I am.”
The Woody Allen story we need to stop forgetting. (Trigger warning.)
Is copying other cultures a bad parenting strategy?
Catching Fire is the first film with a female lead to top the box office in forty years. The last one? The Exorcist.
There have been several excellent articles detailing the issues on all sides of Bill and Emma Keller’s twin columns about cancer patient Lisa Adams. And a suggestion that the wonder of the internet is the unfollow feature. Don’t read stuff you don’t like, maybe.
A fascinating rabbit hole of mothers’ schedules from around the world.
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