“The redesign eliminated some traditional badge pursuits and relegated others — like painting and simple meal preparation — to “legacy” status and added a host of new pursuits, including digital filmmaking, financial literacy, eating local, social innovation and business etiquette.”—Girl Scouts Debate Their Place in a Changing World - NYTimes.com
Love you, Girl Scouts.
“This definition marks him, like the atavistic, dusty rubber douchebags of our grandmothers’ generation, as a useless, sexist tool. Armed with this refined definition, I believe the term “douchebag” is the white racial slur we have all been waiting for. We have only to realize this. White privilege itself has blinded us to the true nature of the douchebag’s identity. But it’s been there all along.”—Douchebag: The White Racial Slur We’ve All Been Waiting For — Human Parts — Medium
I am normally very careful about language online, and I’m making an exception here—-this is some good writing about something true.
“Waiting for a debt solution from above is not an option. There is simply no motivation for the government or private businesses to reduce the debt Americans owe – they can collect on it until the end of time. It is incumbent on Americans to resist debt, up to and including, if possible, refusal to pay. Just as laborers, suffragists and civil rights advocates rallied for equal rights and fair treatment, debtors must unite with a single purpose. Rolling Jubilee and Strike Debt have championed the charge for economic justice, both in outlining principles and taking action. All of the 99 percent should join them, whether their debt is from medical expenses, student loans or mortgages.”—Give student loans the finger: A new solution to a massive generational outrage - Salon.com
“We still don’t have a good way of talking about pursuing friendship. Years of style-section trend stories have documented modern problems with finding and forging friendships. The term “friend crush” gets thrown around, or its gendered cousin, the “girl crush.””—