This Week in Links 40

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:

  • Why Should Anyone "Respect" the Law? Max Read at Gawker gets at something I'm thinking about a lot these days: How can you ask people to respect the law when the law does not respect them? How can you remind them of the importance of the process when Missouri and New York are reminding us the process is hopelessly broken?
  • We already knew Terry Crews was a gift unto us, but he is on fucking point about the toxicity of masculinity.
  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on Ferguson and American history.
  • At STFU, Parents, Blair Koenig has a really thoughtful piece on social media in the face of tragedy: Social media is still pretty new to us. We don’t always have the language to describe how we feel about a tragedy, or a monumentally important decision made by a judge or jury, but social media compels people to talk. It prompts us to point to the elephant in the room and comment on it.
  • Maya Dusenberry has a piece up on Feministing about the Rolling Stone article about the rape crisis at the University of Virginia, the security fact checking brings to reporters AND sources, and the limits of the kinds of truth journalism can tell. It's long, and you should read the entire thing.
  • Liz Burns on princess shamingSo the first thing that princess culture does is it gives a girl a world where she, as a female, takes center stage. She is the main character, the lead, with the men providing supporting roles. 
  • 12 Female Characters Who Keep Shaving Despite Constant Peril
  • You've probably already read the Vulture interview with Chris Rock, but if you haven't, take the time to do so: The question is, you know, my kids are smart, educated, beautiful, polite children. There have been smart, educated, beautiful, polite black children for hundreds of years. The advantage that my children have is that my children are encountering the nicest white people that America has ever produced. Let’s hope America keeps producing nicer white people.
  • Read Jacqueline Woodson on the watermelon joke at the National Book Awards.
  • It turns out, lots of what we know about wolf packs -- and by extension, dogs -- comes from studying wolves in captivity, who behave very differently from wolves in the wild.
  • One of the damn few bright spots in the news lately has been the truly fantastic work being done by the Ferguson Public Library, and the generosity they've received in return. They've gotten huge donations of money and books that enable them to provide much needed services to their community: "When there's a need, we try to find a way to meet it. I have a very broad definition of librarianship." (Director Scott Bonner had better be just fucking showered in professional awards this year.)
  • Let's close it out on a high note: A Brief History of Star Wars and "Jizz."