This Week in Links 39

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:

  • It's the 25th anniversary of Steel Magnolias. Mental Floss has a collection of interesting facts about the movie (#20 is so, so touching), and Entertainment Weekly looks at some of its early reviews, including, my favorite, from People's review: There is literally not one strong male figure in the movie.

  • If you have to read a list of recommended books for your A/S/L, make it Lisa Simpson's 25 Books Every Woman Should Read.

  • Captain Awkward -- proprietor of one of the very best advice columns on Earth -- has a gorgeous piece for Medium on believing Christa McAuliffe was her birth motherHow tempting it is to think there is some force, guiding us irrevocably toward the people or places that will make us happy. How close we come to never existing at all.

  • You've probably seem something about the Computer Engineer Barbie fracas that's happening this week, but you should read Pamie's original post that kicked it off.

  • If you think a New York Times story about computer passwords isn't going to make you emotional, well, guess again.

  • People has crowned Chris Hemsworth the Sexiest Man Alive. Mental Floss points out that this is, linguistically, an odd construction. And over at The Toast, national treasure Mallory Ortberg lifts the curtain on the ceremony involved: "Why can’t he just…retire, or go away, or…why does the new Sexiest Man Alive have to kill the old one at all?"

  • TIME wanted to ban the word "feminism" for 2015, which is obviously a problem, but really, their whole list of suggested words to ban was a problem: it was very heavy on words used by/originating with women of color. Not cool, TIME, not cool at all.

  • #feministprincessbride"Ethics in game journalism"? I do not believe that phrase means what you think it means.

  • Watch Benedict Cumberbatch Nail 11 Celebrity Impersonations in a Minute. (Though, hmm, I would say he DOES eleven in under a minute, and nails maybe eight.)

  • I Nearly Died. So What?

  • Ta-Nehisi Coates on Bill CosbyIt is hard to believe that Bill Cosby is a serial rapist because the belief doesn't just indict Cosby, it indicts us. It damns us for drawing intimate conclusions about people based on pudding-pop commercials and popular TV shows. It destroys our ability to lean on icons for our morality. And it forces us back into a world where seemingly good men do unspeakably evil things, and this is just the chaos of human history.

  • You've probably seen the photos of Solange Knowles' wedding, but you should also see the dance she and her son performed at her reception.