- How we end up marrying the wrong people (PhilosophersMail) Perhaps the best article I have read this year. Just one of the many quotes:
“On our own, when we’re furious, we don’t shout, as there’s no one there to listen – and therefore we overlook the true, worrying strength of our capacity for fury. Or we work all the time without grasping, because there’s no one calling us to come for dinner, how we manically use work to gain a sense of control over life – and how we might cause hell if anyone tried to stop us. At night, all we’re aware of is how sweet it would be to cuddle with someone, but we have no opportunity to face up to the intimacy-avoiding side of us that would start to make us cold and strange if ever it felt we were too deeply committed to someone. One of the greatest privileges of being on one’s own is the flattering illusion that one is, in truth, really quite an easy person to live with.” You cut me deep Shrek.
- “The no-baby boom” – Really interesting and insightful social commentary on how older women without children navigate society’s expectations and why they have to.
“What no one could have predicted is that women born in the ’60s and ’70s would become what Day terms the “shock absorber” cohort, living through the most extraordinary changes in dating and mating in one generation. That’s the result of a confluence of forces—the pill, women’s access to higher education and professions—running headlong into a rigid corporate model that remains based on the husband-provider, male-fertility model—working hard in your 20s and 30s to establish a reputation, leaving kids to the stay-at-home wife. “But that doesn’t work for women,” says Day. “If you make it work, it’s as much luck as good judgment.” (via @KelseyWiens).
- Why do Americans stink at Math? – great NYT article about comparing Japanese and American approaches to learning and teaching.
- Thankfully the Ugandan anti-gay law has been struck down by their Constitutional Court on a technicality
- Just the facts about sexual orientation & youth: A Primer for Principals and Educators