Hi everyone! Today I’d like to introduce you to a new feature of the blog, “Beautiful Places Around the Web.” Each Friday I’ll share a few noteworthy internet articles or blog posts that I’ve read during the week with you. I read a LOT, probably too much, honestly, and I hope this will be a way to extend the benefits of that habit to others besides myself.
Here are my picks for this week:
I’ve had reservations about the open-concept design for a while, so I feel very validated when other people express concerns about it, too. I do take issue with the opening example, though: if you’re annoyed that you can see your husband relaxing while you cook, perhaps, as Anna pointed out to me, the solution is not to move to a house with more walls but for your husband to actually make dinner sometimes.
You probably already knew that I found these reflections by Taylor Swift relatable, since I just wrote a post based on one of them this week, but I’m sharing it here again to make sure you look at the other 29, too. As someone who is also about to turn 30, these really hit home. I still wish she would own up to her role in the Kanye feud, but you can’t have everything.
Spoiler alert: They’re not handling it well, at all. What I really appreciate about this article is how it explains how purity culture makes churches “a big, flashing vacancy sign for predators.”
I’m not a parent yet, but I think a lot about how I would handle the reality of social media and kids. This article highlighted the fact that so much of it depends on your individual child; some kids love finding things about themselves online, and some are mortified by what their parents have shared.
In this Leaving Neverland thinkpiece, I found this point about why we, as a society, didn’t look deeper into Michael Jackson’s weird behaviors and see them as predatory interesting, especially since I have strong reservations about child stardom in general: “Much of Jackson’s adult behavior thus became submerged under a vague, collective guilt. Michael Jackson never got to have a childhood, we told ourselves, because we’d taken it from him. All the sleepovers at Neverland and pubescent “traveling companions” were recompense for a childhood denied to him….The original sin, in this telling, was our own.”