—Zelda Fitzgerald, in a review of her husband’s book in 1922 (via trishahaddad)
A reminder that F. Scott Fitzgerald stole his wife’s writing, many times over, while suppressing her works. See “Save Me the Waltz”, which he forced her to revise so that he could use parts of it in his own book “Tender Is the Night”.
I try to keep this blog positive, but stories like this just tear at my heart, and I think the issue needs awareness.
Florida police just arrested two girls, ages 14 and 12, for face-to-face and online bullying of 12 year-old Rebecca Sedwick. Rebecca jumped to her death off of an abandoned cement factory five weeks ago. Police and family report that Rebecca’s suicide was motivated by the bullying.
Police report that one of the suspects “said she had sent Rebecca a Facebook message saying that ‘nobody’ liked her, the affidavit said. The girl also texted Rebecca that she wanted to ‘fight’ her, the police said. But the bullying did not end there; Rebecca was told to ‘kill herself’ and ‘drink bleach and die’ among other things, the police added.”
After Rebecca’s death, the suspect posted on facebook ‘Yes, ik’ — I know — ‘I bullied Rebecca nd she killed herself.’ The writer concluded that she didn’t care, using an obscenity to make the point and a heart as a perverse flourish.”
Kindness and respect must be priorities for us and for our children. Bullying is a very real problem with terrible consequences for young people. If we produce a kinder, more empathetic and respectful generation, suicides like these will decline.
Maureen O’Connor interviews Erica Jong for NYMag. Jong talks about 50 Shades, Miley, Fear of Flying, and the below opinion on many women’s blogs today:
MO: There’s also some extremely honest confessional women’s writing online. Do you keep up with blogs?
EJ: Sometimes I do. But as a past president of the Writers Guild, I think women shouldn’t write for free. Maybe you have to do it for a time, to make a reputation, but I think the idea of giving your work away is the beginning of authors not being able to make a living. These armies of female bloggers are making it harder and harder for women to make a living writing. You can’t exactly trade a blog for your lighting bill or your rent bill or your food bill. I think professionalism is important, and professionalism means you get paid.
MO: Well, some blogs pay.
EJ: What? $200? $100? $50? A few do. Very few. There are a lot of women blogging for free. Certainly the Huffington Post doesn’t pay, although they do pay their editors. They’re getting tremendous amounts of advertising money, they just don’t share it with creators of content.
Despite Mooch patting her on the head, calling her “kid,” and laughing at her talent in a way I just don’t believe he would do to a young boy, Sam Gordon is completely cool and totally impressive on the set of GameDay. Watch the video. She is taking out players who have 10” and 20lbs on her, and she jukes Warren Sapp like a boss. Get it, girl.
Nine-year-old football star Sam Gordon took the football world by storm with her YouTube video and on Sunday showcased her best moves against ex-NFL stars Warren Sapp and Marshall Faulk.
An awesome Daily Worth post encouraging women (and men :)) to talk more openly about our personal finances, salaries, rent, hourly rate, etc.
Talking about the nitty-gritty of your financial life is one of the most empowering things you can do for your career. Sharing salary information with colleagues arms you with information you can use to negotiate pay, set goals and learn about the market. Talking about take-home with friends who work in other industries gives you a sense of what people of equal smarts and hustle feel they’re worth.
The article gives tips on how to share with effectiveness and class.
The feminist icon, in celebration of the release of the 200th video from the MAKERS collection of women’s stories, shares her best advice on blazing a trail.
A nice Steinem collection on…how to change the world with 5 summary guidelines.