(Relationships) The Huffington Post article A Message to Women From a Man: You Are Not “Crazy” has been making the rounds this week. In the article, author Yasha Ali earns his gold star bone-ability rating by reminding women that it’s not us, it’s them. “When we are discouraged in our youth and early adulthood from expressing emotion, it causes many of us to remain steadfast in our refusal to express regret when we see someone in pain from our actions.” This article has the exact opposite title of my post Girls AreCrazy Until They Reach the age of 26. When I first read Ali’s article, I thought, “Yeah, but we women need to toughen up a bit.” I had worked for a person very similar to the type Ali describes in his post. He made me feel small anytime I opened my mouth. “Stop acting like a girl!” he’d say. Everything I did was wrong. I wasn’t good enough and he often held my job over my head. It was a difficult time in my life and looking back, I feel that it made me stronger. I learned to act like one of the boys. However, do we women really deserve that? Whether it made me stronger or not, it’s bullshit.
(Impact) One of my absolute favorite websites Good Magazine (the same magazine that was to feature my grandmother in their magazine but recanted on their promise), had a fascinating article about a knitting group in Maryland’s male Pre-Release Unit in Jessup, Maryland. Believe it or not, the prisoners really dig knitting and over 100 inmates have gone through the program.
(Humor) I rarely cry laughing, but this one nearly made me tinkle in my pants. Dubbing over Herman Cain with nonsensical words that fit his mouth movements might be the funniest thing I’ve seen in a long time. “Before mighty Facebook, how would I have found Tom Hanks?”- Herman Cain
Lauren is a writer, screenwriter and professional Jeff Goldblum lover.
She's freelance written for The Guardian, Google, Virgin Atlantic, MassMutual, Sundance Institute and Alternative Apparel, and she's currently lead copywriter at The LIVESTRONG Foundation.
A film she co-wrote, Loves Her Gun, premiered at SXSW 2013 and won the Louis Black Lone Star Award. It was also a critic's pick in the New York Times and won favorable reviews in the Village Voice, Salon, Variety and Think Progress.
One day she hopes to write a book, but she enjoys falling asleep at 10PM way too much.