This Week in Links 36

Since we record a new show every two weeks, on off weeks we do a link roundup of things we've read and want to share. Here's what's on tap this week:

  • On Twitter, Mallory Ortberg invited her followers to share their dads' most Dad Moments. The results are truly a gift unto us.
  • Speaking of gifts...Do you like books? Did you go to high school in the Nineties? Then the A.V. Club has a gift for you: a list of all 57 books mentioned on Daria.
  • Speaking of links for people who like books and went to high school in the Nineties...There's a lot of interesting stuff in this interview with Ann M. Martin, but the teaser about Martin revealing her favorite Babysitter's Club member was all I needed to click and it's all I'm giving you. You know you want to.
  • Speaking of babysitters...No, just kidding. That gag is over now.
  • Pour one out for that late great American institution: Saturday morning cartoons.
  • Vox looks at Playboy's online rebranding attempts in light of falling sales, and the way they're turning to feminism as a possible business savior.
  • We've discussed before on the show how it's great that Marvel is adding more and more female characters to their roster, but it'd be even better if they'd add more real women to their payroll. NPR's Mallory Yu reports that they know and they're working on it, but "the change is going to take some time." *sigh*
  • There was never any chance I was going to watch the new sitcom Manhattan Love Story, but that did not stop me from enjoying the hell out of Vulture's very critical review of it: And then she gets the hiccups, a personal quirk so oppressively cutesy, even Taylor Swift's cat is looking at it and thinking easy does it.
  • There's a lot of concern and confusion over California's new "yes means yes" law. Over at GQ, Lindy West has a handy guide to signs your partner still wants to bang you (1. Your partner just said, "I want to bang you!"), and at Vox, Amanda Taub looks at the ways the default assumption of consent takes its toll on women: That status quo puts women in the position of having to constantly police their own behavior to make sure that they are not giving the appearance of passive consent. That's not only exhausting; it's limiting.
  • The folks over at Forever Young Adult have started a new series called "Superhero Sundays!" Not only do they offer up analysis of the week's superhero television and comic book highlights, they also name the hero, villain, and abs of the week. Yes, you read that correctly. These ladies are providing an important service and I, for one, am thankful.
  • Aretha Franklin covers "Rolling in the Deep," and all is right with the world.