Monday Mashup: An Apology, a Kindness, and a Banned Film (or Two)
Every other week, we scour the web to bring you interesting bits and pieces from around the world. Enjoy!
An Apology From the Top
Katharine Zaleski, President of PowerToFly, apologizes to all the mothers she worked with in her 20s, in her essay on being a working mother. She says she only realizes now that she’s a mother herself how difficult she made it for other women. She also calls for corporate culture to change to be more mom-friendly. She’s not the first to say it, but it’s a fresh perspective on how much judgement women face in the workforce.
The Kindness of Strangers
When your young son is having a public meltdown, the last thing you want to worry about is the judgement of others. Tanya Brodd writes about how one small kindness made it possible for her to deal with her son’s autism, care for her other child, and finish her errands in peace. Reminds us of our own Aruna Bewtra’s essay on being That Mom.
50 Shades of Black(listed)
It’s not much of a surprise, in light of the recent (and troubling) spate of government censorship, but if you were looking forward to seeing your favorite sadomasochist on the silver screen, you’re out of luck. The censor board has banned 50 Shades of Gray from releasing in India.
In Other Censorship News…
The documentary India’s Daughter, though banned and officially off YouTube, still appears to be available through Vimeo. It’s in good company; here’s a list of six other banned documentaries, which might be worth a .torrent search.
Maybe Skip That Cup …
From pesticides to GMOs to packaging, FoodBabe delves deep into the world of the deliciously bitter. Her exposé on what is really in your teabag will make you question everything you think you know, and leave you wishing you knew a little less.
She’s Still Got It
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is on the cover of Vogue this month. Huffington Post India has some of the photos and excerpts from her interview (on motherhood, work), which have us dying to see and hear more of her style and smarts.
For music fans, there are few things more recognizable than the opening clang of The Beatles’ song, Hard Days’ Night. The precise make-up of the chord has mystified generations, from musicians to mathematicians—until now. A fascinating behind-the-scenes glimpse into the recording studio of one of the biggest bands the world has ever seen.
Medicating Away the Emotions
A psychiatrist, who has practiced for 20-some years, takes on the pharmaceutical industry and advocates that women’s feelings aren’t a liability that need to be fixed by medicine. In the US, Julie Holland writes, one in four women are on psychiatric medicine, often in pursuit of regulating emotions in order to play up more-valued, mannish attributes in the workplace: invulnerability, confidence, etc. But at what cost?