There are pages (or screens) of good longform out there – here are the top five we came across this week that we wanted to share with you:
1. Gay chicken sandwich lovers
These gay New Yorkers can’t wait for Chick-fil-A to hit the city – New York Post – May 7, 2014 – Gregory E. Miller
Still, being gay and admitting to patronizing Chick-fil-A is like working at Vogue and wearing Crocs.
2. The importance of the size of a book
Judging books by their covers – The New Inquiry – November 10, 2010 – Mary Borkowski
What prevents us from reading, I wonder. Or, what prevents us from buying books? I think the latter is a more interesting question. Often, I won’t buy a book because it’s too expensive, or I can borrow it from someone, or get it from the library. More often, I simply don’t have time to read all those books.
3. Should girls have pink toys and boys dress in tutus?
Guys and Dolls: Veteran Toy Designer Wrestles with the Industry’s Gender Divide – Collectors Weekly – May 7 2014 – Hunter Oatman-Stanford
I’ve read lots of articles about little girls and color. To me it’s like, what’s the big deal? What’s wrong with pink? If they love pink when they’re 4 years old, let them love pink. If they want to play with toy soldiers and wear a pink tutu, more power to them.
4. An interview with the next Gloria Steinem
An Incredible Container for Transformation – The Believer – May 9, 2014 – Sheila Bapat
I think we really need a movement to drive how popular culture understands the issues that feminists care about. When I think about the LGBT movement for example, they have had a really intentional strategy to try to change images and representation of LGBT people in the media and the culture. It really moved the dial politically. There are still people who are homophobic, but it’s a completely different terrain than it was ten years ago. That’s what is needed in the women’s movement, now. A strategy that can drive awareness and culture change. That’s missing right now.
5. And… a tom cat’s past life
The Best Time I Took a Rescue Cat to a Pet Psychic – The Hairpin – May 7, 2014 – Saundra Sorenson
Milo has the grace and gait of our state animal, the noble beaver. When a bumblebee appeared inside the house during the winter, we figured Milo had simply hiccuped it into existence. We’ve started taking viral quizzes, both real and imagined, on his behalf, deciding that if he were a fast food franchise, he’d be Arby’s; if he were a character from The Princess Bride, he’d be an R.O.U.S. His dog breed counterpart? The goofy, mighty Leonberger.