Friday, November 1, 2013

Friday Favorites

Hey, it's November! How'd that happen?

  • When I was a little girl, my mom and my grandma taught me lovely mealtime etiquette, and now I get to feel fancy at dinner parties. The sparkly holidays are coming up, and they're heavy on parties and dining - want to learn how you, too, can impress your friends and elders? Take a look at this adorable illustrated guide to eating dinner. (A Cup of Jo)
  • Susan Faludi does an astounding job of analyzing and tearing down the false feminism of the Lean In culture: "The movement originally forged to move the great mass of women has been hijacked to serve the individual (and privileged) girl...Why mount a collective protest against the exploitations of the workplace when it was so much more gratifying—not to mention easier—to advance yourself (and only yourself)..?" (The Baffler)
  • I have a special kind of position at my job which means that I can only work 1,040 hours a year. I'm nearing the limit so I have to cut down to only fourteen hours a week until the contract resets! This leaves me with quite a bit of free time, and so far I haven't been as productive with that time as I would like. Yes and Yes has some great advice on that front.
  • Speaking of productivity, I popped the seal on my grad school applications today! Sure, that might only mean that I sent out requests for letters of recommendation and created a profile for just one online application, but it's a start. 
  • Some people take their frustration at stupid horrible things and turn it into funny stuff. Case in point: a very useful guide that teaches tech professionals how to find women to employ or speak at conferences.
  • Bonus! Pictures from Halloween on Capitol Hill. It was a fun night.

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