Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Mid-Week Reads: Fiction, Work and Social Media

Disney princesses ordered from least to most feminist. I guess I should confess here that I haven't seen most of these movies. I saw Beauty and the Beast on TV (last year?), I loved Rapunzel. I found The Princess and The Frog very boring and didn't watch past the first half hour. But after reading this, I think I should watch Pocahontas and Mulan.

Read this beautiful, beautiful story of a mermaid, a rusalka.

Here's the most clueless Facebook user ever.

"What would possess a woman to go from arguably the coolest internet company to arguably the saddest?" Jezebel on Marissa Mayer's move to Yahoo.

Sady Doyle, my favorite feminist blogger (who unfortunately doesn't write at Tiger Beatdown any more), on feminist blogs. 

Weird things candidates do. I think #12 is less weird than the others, depending on the job or the industry. If the opening was for a social media intern or mobile marketing manager, I can see it working. My personal favorite is #7.

You are the average of the five people you spend most time with.

And lastly, here's my advice on developing a content strategy for your brand.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Book: Willful Blindness

Go read my review on Women's Web.

Do you want the book? Leave a comment below and tell me why I should send you my copy.

By the way, on the commenting system, I've got more votes for Blogger than for Disqus so far. If you want Disqus to stay, respond to the poll on the right (or tell me your reasons below). If you want Blogger to come back, do the same!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Mid-Week Reads: HR, HP

Will I ever be tired of reading analyses of Harry Potter? The evidence so far suggests otherwise. 

Via Aishwarya, this article that's somewhat about tennis and Andy Murray (who? I don't follow sports and I don't have a TV) but mostly about not-smiling in public being okay, because unfortunately that needs to be said.
"Which isn't to say people are inherently unhappy. Just that they've got better things to do with their faces than walking around bending their mouths up like idiots.

"The people who want Murray to smile are the same ones who try to make me dance at weddings. They want the world to conspicuously enjoy itself in a manner of their choosing, and they turn vaguely sanctimonious when they encounter pockets of resistance, as though their definition of fun is the only one that matters."

Alankrita said I'd like to read "Why We Hate HR" and she was very right. 

Monday, July 09, 2012

Commenting, Again

I've put up a poll on the right--tell me whether Disqus should go and that will happen.

Reasons why I don't like Disqus:

  1. Older comments have disappeared! I'd love them back.
  2. It's another system to manage.
  3. It takes a second or two to load.
Reasons why I like Disqus:
  1. It allows anonymous commenters without letting in a ton of spam.
  2. It has a little more functionality--I can ban commenters, for example, and sort comments, and little things like that. 
But the commenting space is for you more than for me, so do take the poll on the right. The poll doesn't allow comments, so if you have any, hit the comments space below as usual. Thanks!

Thursday, July 05, 2012

Mid-Week Reads: Gender Issues

Go read Nora Ephron's commencement speech at Wellesley.

The concept of Mary Sue is sexist.

You need to read this.
"Don’t marry or move in or reproduce with men unless they pull their own weight. Seriously. That might mean you end up alone. That might be a better option."
"Men are not useless, nor are they idiots or chimps. They are just as capable of being nurturing and loving and caring and aware as women are, so let’s also give them the chance to demonstrate that. And just don’t accept the ones who pretend to be chimps in order to abdicate responsibility."