weekly roundup 2013-3

Oh, hello there. This has been a slow week, both on the blog and on social media, as I battled with a 2 day NT2 exam. NT2 stands for Nederlands als Tweede Taal – Dutch as a second language. I suggest there should be Nederlands als Derde/Vierde Taal – Dutch as a third/forth/etc language, and take it easy. Anyways, for a few days I forgot I had a blog, but then I can backtrack the internet and give you an article/link round-up anyways.

“Men do not just need to stop being violent. The vast majority of men are not violent. But men do need to stop being silent. Calling violence against women, whether street harassment or sexual harassment or rape or murder, a “women’s issue” allows men to ignore it as if we have no responsibility for it or stake in ending it. We all have grandmothers, mothers, sisters, daughters and female friends and colleagues. Our lives are inextricably interwoven; women’s issues of safety and equality directly affect our lives as men.”

To finish off this week’s roundup, I’d like you to watch Marina Abramovic and Ulay’s meeting at Abramovic’s MoMa retrospective. I saw this post on Zen Garage and could not not share it.

“Marina Abramovic and Ulay started an intense love story in the 70s, performing art out of the van they lived in. When they felt the relationship had run its course, they decided to walk the Great Wall of China, each from one end, meeting for one last big hug in the middle and never seeing each other again.

At her 2010 MoMa retrospective Marina performed ‘The Artist Is Present’ as part of the show, where she shared a minute of silence with each stranger who sat in front of her. Ulay arrived without her knowing and this is what happened.”

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weekly round-up 2013-2

That time of the week!

* So the Oscars happened. The Onion commentary called 9 year old Oscar nominee (and Beasts of the Southern Wild star) Quvenzhané Wallis “c*nt” in a tweet. Then removed the tweet and issued an actually reasonable apology. Laurie Penny defends the word in this article.

* On the same note, a feminist film critic defended The Onion’s tweet.

“As I think many of my readers would attest, I am attuned to misogyny in pop culture, even the point at which I see it when others don’t. And still, I didn’t see it here. I didn’t see Wallis as the butt of this joke. It seemed completely obvious to me — to the point that I didn’t even have to think about it — that the butt of the joke here is people who say such things about women.”

* Goodreads knows what’s going on with readers. How people decide what to read and where they read them.

* Lady Lamb the Beekeeper, whose informal video I posted on Tuesday was featured by NPR later in the week.

* Amanda Palmer was one of the most memorable #TED2013 speakers, and she rocked. Read about it on mashable – you can also watch the TED talk but it hasn’t been transcribed or translated yet.

* You know who else was on TED2013? A 13-year old Kenyan boy who found an effective and lion-friendly way to keep lions away from livestock of his father.

* On a more serious note, here’s an important article explaining how organized labor in the US can protect workers by supporting Aaron’s Law, which was drafted upon the suicide of Aaron Swartz.

* Do you think you live in a small apartment? Hong Kong’s illegal microapartments will have you reconsider.

* 3Doodle, the 3d sketching pen. Added to wishlist.