weekly roundup Easter edition: Hadoken, political dissents, getting ahead in life and more

Another Sunday, another reading round-up. Considering I skipped last week, I should probably overcompensate. Or maybe not.

“By reading Lean In as a book informed as much by Silicon Valley business tactics and Sandberg’s Facebook investments as it is by feminism, Lean In becomes legible as a product with strongly corporate and technocratic as well as feminist ambitions. Because while Lean In is technically separate from Facebook, it is supported by Facebook in ways ranging from Zuckerberg’s book jacket endorsement to the fact that Facebook provided Sandberg with time to write and complete an intense publicity tour for the book while serving as COO. The question then is: how is it that Facebook, a company primarily interested in technical development, came in 2013 to need a feminist platform? And now that its COO has launched one, how does Lean In aim to transform the world?”

Happy Easter to those who celebrate. To everyone else, enjoy the chocolate eggs.

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.”