Reading for the witching hour, when the mind says weekend, and the clock says 2 hours to go!
It’s been a pretty busy last week of March, with an official confirmation on the fate of Malaysian Airlines MH 370 (crashed into the southern Indian Ocean with no survivors) and a ban on Twitter & Youtube by Turkey in anticipation of the upcoming elections. Meanwhile, a feminist icon celebrated her 80th birthday and a Hollywood romance unravelled after a decade of organic perfection. We bring you the best of the world this week:
1. Conscious Uncoupling:
Gwyneth Paltrow’s announcement on her website that she and husband Chris Martin are separating after a decade of being married sent a few millions servers crashing. No, they weren’t moaning about the never-lasting-ness of love – they were trying to decipher the meaning of Gwyneth’s declaration that:
We have always conducted our relationship privately, we hope that as we consciously uncouple and coparent, we will be able to continue in the same manner.
Sounds very nice and propah, until you read it again and wonder what in heavens it means. Well, so did thousands of Twitteratis and other web gliterattis. Of all the explanations and interpretations, we liked this one on The Guardian the best, but for a much shorter summary, there’s always Twitter:
conscious uncoupling sounds like something you explain to your over-therapized children at the gluten-free all organic dinner table.
— cassandra lavalle (@casslavalle) March 26, 2014
Meanwhile, here is something to use for your Friday evening status:
Ugh, it’s after six, I can’t wait to consciously uncouple from work for the day. — joereid (@joereid) March 25, 2014
2. Gloria Steinem turned 80 on March 25:
Women are always saying, ‘We can do anything that men can do,’. But Men should be saying, ‘We can do anything that women can do.’
Gloria Steinem, the iconic activist, journalist and feminist, helped spread awareness about a myriad taboo topics in the 1970’s America, ranging from genital mutilation to the plight of a Playboy Bunny (based upon her own experience in 1963). She also coined the term “reproductive freedom” to emphasize that undergoing an abortion does not make a woman a bad person – a radical position for a deeply conservative American society in the late 1960-70’s. For a glimpse into her philosophy, do read this very short essay by her titled If Men Could Menstruate, which kicks off with:
Living in India made me understand that a white minority of the world has spent centuries conning us into thinking a white skin makes people superior, even though the only thing it really does is make them more subject to ultraviolet rays and wrinkles.
At a time when feminism is looked upon as a dirty F word, it’s worth recalling her teaching that “A feminist is anyone who recognizes the equality and full humanity of women and men”. May the lady who gave voice to the beliefs and aspirations of millions of women all over the world Live Long & Prosper.
3. The Return Of Rock Star Meryl Streep:
If you can’t get the image of Meryl Streep leaping, bouncing and rolling to ABBA’s “Super Trooper” out of your head, we have good news. The Wrap reported that Streep is considering a script for “Ricky and the Flash” by Juno writer Diablo Cody. We earnestly and ardently hope that they are also considering Colin Firth for this project.
In “Ricky and the Flash,” Streep would play a woman who abandoned her family when she was younger to find fame and fortune as a rock star.
4. Ellen Page is not afraid:
Taking about Juno, we loved Ellen Page’s coming out speech in which she explained why “a petite beauty insists upon dressing up like a massive man”. We respect her even more for her reply to a pastor who questioned her belief:
2 da Pastor who wrote me-Being gay isn’t a belief.My soul isnt struggling& I don’t want arms of Heavenly Father around me.A girls arms? Yes.
— Ellen Page (@EllenPage) March 22, 2014
5. We absolutely loved Hallie Bateman’s Adventures with the Gym Man (“based on very true events”). Here’s a sneak peak:
Have a Happy weekend!
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