"Just swim in your own lane,” he said. Seeing my confusion, he told me that he had been on the swimming team at Stanford. His stroke was as good as anyone’s. But he kept coming in second. “Zeller,” the coach said, “your problem is you keep looking around to see how the other guys are doing. Keep your eyes on your own lane, swim your fastest and you’ll win."
Eileen Pollack, in the New York Times, in Why Are There Still So Few Women in Science?
"Fundamentally, you can’t solve social problems with technology."
Quinn Norton in a piece by Paul Mason on hatred of women in tech.
"The Secret Garden is a pleasant book about a bunch of racists who are convinced that living in the windy moors of England somehow cures disease."
Jaya Saxena at The Toast
"It’s hard not to feel humorless as a woman and a feminist, to recognize misogyny in so many forms, some great and some small, and know you’re not imagining things. It’s hard to be told to lighten up because if you lighten up any more, you’re going to float the fuck away. The problem is not that one of these things is happening, it’s that they are all happening, concurrently and constantly."
"But making fun of “the girl who thinks she’s Sylvia Plath” is making fun of the girl who takes her inner life seriously; seriously enough to write about it, in some pretty stark terms, without feeling embarrassed. They don’t just mock Plath herself—they mock the idea that she could inspire teenage girls, specifically, to write the truth about their own lives."
Sady Doyle in Rookie Mag
"Irony is, of course, the last vestige of modern crypto-misogyny: all those lazy stereotypes and hurtful put-downs are definitely a joke, right up until they aren’t, and clearly you need a man to tell you when and if you’re supposed to take sexism seriously."
"The question is not really when life begins. The question is whether we recognize women and other people with uteri as humans whose lives have intrinsic value and the rights of agency, bodily autonomy, and consent. It is only because such a vast swath of our population cannot or will not answer a resounding and unqualified “yes” to that question that there is even space for a reprehensible debate about when life begins."
Melissa McEwan, being amazing as usual.
Supreme Court Justice Kennedy sees the humanity in gay people, but not in black people. If only some black people were white. I guess Clarence Thomas, Allen West, Condoleeza Rice, and Herman Cain didn’t put enough handkerchiefs on their heads to get us a pass. #YouCantVote #ButYouCanGetMarried