Welcome to The Skim. I skim the news for things I want to read and things you may want to know about.
NPR: Sad news for romance writers. Beatrice Small, the classic author who helped set the genre on a new track, died this week.
The Atlantic: If you haven’t heard or seen the confustion (my word for confusion and frustration) about the dress, spare yourself and just read this article about attention policing and online opinions.
JSTOR Daily: Josephine Baker is the GOAT of all female entertainers. She was Madonna, Janet Jackson, Diana Ross, pre-Sound of Music Oscar set Lady Gaga, and Beyonce before they were twinkles in their great-grandparents’ eyes. Check out this post on the Bronze Goddess. If you can, go see the one-woman show, Josephine and I.
LA Times: There is a place called Gelato University. Here are the nine lessons the author learned there. Top lesson I learned: I should have enrolled here. I would have been the valedictorian.
Everyday Feminism: If you didn’t witness Amber Rose’s epic clapback against the Kardashian Klan, go check that out. And then read this piece on women and sex-shaming.
The Verge: It’s now canon. Catwoman is bisexual.
99U: Stop apologizing for wanting work-life balance. (Ugh. I hate the word balance. I prefer fit. Still a relevant post.)
Astrosaddle: Forget 50 Shades of Grey. Check out this new movie. It’s been called the lesbian Secretary.