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If you read one thing this weekend, make it Phoebe Maltz’s “For all the accusations of narcissism with which fashion gets pelted, the industry has remarkably little interest in making people look attractive”:

But mostly, they miss that the way runway models are made up at a fashion show isn’t about pleasing straight men. Fashion isn’t about pleasing straight men. I mean, they realize this, but they see it as a strike against the fashion industry. Because this is how the commenters present it - that their preference for (what they perceive to be) bare-faced is evidence that the fashion industry is one big hoax. Women are being suckered into buying makeup and clothes that don’t even make them more appealing to men! (What Would Phoebe Do?)

If superheroes were hipsters. (Lost At E Minor)

Double X takes a look at the next generation of Ann Coulters. (Slate)

I will not love you long time: America’s Korean adoptees talk dating inside and outside their race:

“Most white men either see me as the ‘me so horny’ girl or I’m ‘cute.’ My white girlfriends think, ‘He thinks you’re cute!’ And I think, ‘No, he wants me in a school girl outfit,” said my adopted Korean-American friend Rachel, who grew up in my small hometown. (The Awl)

Have Kanye West’s online triumphs eclipsed Kanye West the musician? (

Want to run a totally awesome online campaign? Look to Rabbit White’s No Make-Up Week for tips. I especially liked Alle Malice’s “epic guest post”, which made the following salient point:

Almost everything we do now is documented by someone and posted in Facebook albums for the world to see, because if you aren’t having fun on Facebook, you aren’t really having fun. And if you aren’t pretty on the internet, you aren’t pretty in real life. Enter makeup. (Rabbit White)

I love me some Mad Men, but Sally Draper is the only character on the show I actually like as a human being. Here, NYMag speaks with the 10-year-old who plays her, Kiernan Shipka. (Vulture)

Europe geographically stereotyped… by the United States, United Kingdom and Germany. (Flowing Data)

One of my favourite journos, James Fallows, has been engaging in some interesting blog conversation on “the wealthy poor”. (The Atlantic)

Scott Lemieux picks up the same topic at Lawyers, Guns and Money:

A central problem with the idea that 300 or 400 grand a year doesn’t go as far if you live in a desirable urban location is that living in a desirable location is something you’re getting with your money. If it’s really important to you to have money left over for ivory backscratchers, you can move to the periphery of the urban area; being very affluent doesn’t mean not having to make any tradeoffs. This goes double for Manhattan, where a status cost above and beyond actual amenities is built into the price of real estate. I mean, if you’re paying a huge premium to live on the Upper West Side instead of Brooklyn or Queens, it sure ain’t for the restaurants. (Lawyers, Guns and Money)

After watching the amazing Into The Universe With Stephen Hawking documentary a couple of weeks ago (ah, the Saturday night activities of the coupled up!), I was excited to discover that the “first potentially habitable exoplanet has been found”. Here, the Awl explains what that means. (The Awl)

For the heterosexual teenage boy in your life: important facts about girls, courtesy of Emily Nagoski:

An important thing to remember is that girls are not from a different planet, nor are they even a different species. They’re just people, they’re just like boys, except with vulvas instead of penises. Mainly you need to remember this when you’re trying to figure out what a girl is thinking. See, if you didn’t know what a BOY was thinking, how would you go about finding out? You might ask him, right? The same goes for girls. There is no decoder ring, because there is no need for one. Girls are like boys, only female, ya know. They’re people. (Emily Nagoski, Sex Nerd)(I often tell girls the same thing about guys)

Calling all bloggers on subjects creative: Becky Hunter wants your posts for her upcoming blog carnival. (Becky Hunter)

Sarah Von shares 31 things she has learned in 31 years. (Yes and Yes)

Snack packs and a regular paycheck: 18 months in Swedish Daddyland:

Over the past 15 years, the streets of Stockholm have filled up with men pushing strollers. In 1995, dads took only 6 percent of Sweden’s allotted 480 days of parental leave per child. Then the Swedish government set aside 30 leave days for fathers only. In 2002 the state doubled the “daddy only” days to 60 and later added an “equality bonus” for couples that split their leave. Now more than 80 percent of fathers take some leave, adding up to almost a quarter of all leave days. So in the middle of, say, a Monday afternoon in March, the daddies and their strollers come at you both singly and in waves, the men usually either striding fast and stone-faced or pushing the stroller nonchalantly with one hand, cellphone glued to their ear. (Slate)

Eight bad habits that crush your creativity and stifle your success. (Copyblogger)