The Bathroom Is Safe - Let's Work on the Real Problem Instead!

My two favorite sections from this kick-ass opinion piece at HuffPo"
"Women are sexually harassed and sexually assaulted on school campuses, on the street, at their jobs, on the Internet, in their own homes, in ANY public place. And it has been excused or ignored for so long because of what you and I are taught from the first years of our interactions with each other: You, as a male, are not accountable for your own actions. It’s MY responsibility, as a female, to not “provoke” you." 
"Stop asking “How would you feel if that was your mother or sister?” It shouldn’t take the comparison to clue you in to what’s right or wrong." 

My only thing is I'm not keen on the criticism of Victoria's Secret. Nothing wrong with a woman wanting to dress sexy! Other than that, I love this piece so much. Really excellent points about the two-faced-ness of this bathroom outrage. Ugh.

A Liberal Decalogue from Bertrand Russel, at Brainpickings

Latest post at Brainpickings to catch my attention is this feature on Bertrand Russel whose birthday is today. His "liberal decalogue" is below.
Perhaps the essence of the Liberal outlook could be summed up in a new decalogue, not intended to replace the old one but only to supplement it. The Ten Commandments that, as a teacher, I should wish to promulgate, might be set forth as follows:
  1. Do not feel absolutely certain of anything.
  2. Do not think it worth while to proceed by concealing evidence, for the evidence is sure to come to light.
  3. Never try to discourage thinking for you are sure to succeed.
  4. When you meet with opposition, even if it should be from your husband or your children, endeavor to overcome it by argument and not by authority, for a victory dependent upon authority is unreal and illusory.
  5. Have no respect for the authority of others, for there are always contrary authorities to be found.
  6. Do not use power to suppress opinions you think pernicious, for if you do the opinions will suppress you.
  7. Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.
  8. Find more pleasure in intelligent dissent than in passive agreement, for, if you value intelligence as you should, the former implies a deeper agreement than the latter.
  9. Be scrupulously truthful, even if the truth is inconvenient, for it is more inconvenient when you try to conceal it.
  10. Do not feel envious of the happiness of those who live in a fool’s paradise, for only a fool will think that it is happiness.

Link List for Henri Meschonnic

I first learned of this philosopher of poems (poems, and not poetry--the words, not the body as a whole) back in 2010 when I went to Columbia University's "Rethinking Poetics" conference. Lisa Robertson's presentation on Meschonnic was one of those tingly moments, when you brain comes alive with new possibilities. I think about the presentation and innovation of Meschonnic intermittently. It's difficult because much of his work has yet to be translated. Here's a current link list highlight:

What to Do about the Serious Lack of Non-Western Diversity in Philosophy Departments, from NYT

The "Bhagavad Gita" - major philosophical work from India

...we ask those who sincerely believe that it does make sense to organize our discipline entirely around European and American figures and texts to pursue this agenda with honesty and openness. We therefore suggest that any department that regularly offers courses only on Western philosophy should rename itself “Department of European and American Philosophy.” This simple change would make the domain and mission of these departments clear, and would signal their true intellectual commitments to students and colleagues. 
Full article at: 

On a side note, ready to be fully satisfied and impressed, I looked up the course offerings of my alma mater, UMaine. I was not disappointed. The first philosophy course in the catalog was "The Philosophy of Mahatma Ghandi" subsequent listing labeled Western philosophy as such or "Continental" and there was a diverse of diversity in philosophy. I remember one of my favorite courses PH105, Religious Philosophy with Doug Allen (a national treasure!). We covered everything from Martin Luther King, to issues on religious freedom for Naitve Americans to take peyote, to--what was for me an earth-shatteringly liberating essay--Margaret Maxey's "Beyond Eve and Mary." So I had high hopes. They were fulfilled. Good job, Philosophical Black Bears.

Carol Rossetti's "WOMEN" Posters are the best thing on the internet!

Rossetti is a Brazilian artist who has created a series of empowering posters for women, about all kinds of things we are confronted with in the realm of Womanhood. I love them so much and they calm me, since the world can be so very vitriolic. These affirm diversity and bust stereotypes. They are heaven-sent inspirations. The artist has posted English translations on her Facebook page. You can also Google "Carol Rossetti English" and see the Images. There's lots. Thankfully!

"Being A Girl: A Brief Personal History of Violence" post from "The Belle Jar

My jaw dropped as I read this, but there is also something not shocking about it at all, either. It is a good but difficult read. Please read it.

I love how honest this Buzzfeed UK "12 Sex Positions Everyone in a Long Term Relationship Should Try"

It's hilarious, honest and multicultural. White, black, Asian, gay, straight, unsure. The only thing not represented are the more-than-two partnerships. Some day! Anyway, read it. So cute!

Fantastic Interview with @tomandlorenzo & Terry Dresbach @OutlanderCostum, #Outlander Costume Designer

The thing I love the most is how much it's clear that Terry Dresbach LOVES the books and it shows in her passion for her costume design. It's really lovely.

I love when she talks about her inspiration for this costume. It's the kind of talk about creativity that translates and inspires all creativity, not just its specific topic. 

The "Dior Bar Suit" 19147
Give it a listen. It's fantastic for all the Outlander fanatics. Dresbach comes in at around 20 something minutes.

"A Rant for Women with Periods" This Guy Jared Matthew Weiss Rails against the idiots at MTA in NYC

There were protests at by the dudes who run the MTA against this poster. It was because men are afraid of vaginas. Jared Matthew Weiss made an awesome and hilarious protest of such shenanigans. Full articles at: