So there is good news, and there is bad news. The good news is that it’s almost the long weekend. The bad news is that APW is closing a day early, so I can give the staff a much-needed day off (though, of course, I’M not taking a day off. Self-employment, y’all). It’s Labor Day here in the States, and around these parts we’re going to celebrate by not going anywhere or doing anything. I’m pretty excited. Feel free to kick it on the open thread this afternoon and all day tomorrow, or just get to browsing all these links.
It’s your (Thursday!) open thread. Hop on it!
Until Tuesday, cheers!
Highlights of APW This Week
Elisabeth’s post You Brought Me To Church is my favorite that she’s ever written (and that’s saying something). For all of you that are both progressive and religious, go read it NOW.
This beautiful mountain wedding contains the line, “Reality check: Every other person on the face of the earth has the same vision for your wedding, and it’s much simpler than yours: You, happy. That’s it.”
This post chronicling feelings after a miscarriage leads with a line that haunts me, and provided comfort for some of you.
On building a business that you fully expect to fail (and not caring).
This open thread on travel was tons of fun, and contained lots of conversations about traveling with kids.
Around The Web
In the craziest twist of the week, I thought that Miley Cyrus’s VMA performance stirred up some of the most interesting feminist conversations I’ve heard in awhile. My personal favorite was Rebecca Woolf’s fierce defense of women in their early 20s, We, The Miley. Also important, this sexologist’s take on how women are “allowed” to behave. Rachel submits this Groupthink/Jezebel post on the racial implications of the performance as her favorite, Solidarity is For Miley Cyrus.
The New York Times features some couples who are really hung up on the gifts they didn’t get for their weddings. Is this really a thing? I’m only still irked about guests who didn’t show up on the day of, not the many wonderful people who didn’t get us gifts.
The man behind Bustle should have taken a cue from the young ladies behind the The Riveter, who know not only how to start a website for women (this one is devoted to long-form journalism by women!) but also how to give it a damn good name.
Speaking of ladyblogs, after taking issue with the Forbes list of 100 best websites for women, Refinery29 put together their own list of 24 picks Forbes overlooked. And there goes my long weekend, right down the rabbit hole.
“Arranged marriage, as I’ve come to experience it, is far more complicated than either its champions or its critics understand.” From a first-person account of arranged marriage in America.
After an onslaught of horrific attacks in India against women, one woman is starting a for-women, by-women taxi service that provides jobs for women and helps women travel safely.
Things that will make you cry: the song a 93-year-old widower wrote about his wife of 73 years and this couple.