Dope Linkz | What I’ve Been Reading on the Internet This Week

Emily Dickinson’s Herbarium: A Forgotten Treasure at the Intersection of Science and Poetry Via Brain Pickings.

Rihanna meme turning into an actual movie, Via Vulture. This is both hilarious and ridiculous, but also amazing.

Men Don’t Get to Say we Don’t Need Safe Spaces Via Marie Claire:  “To men like Stephens, an issue like rape can be an abstract notion, but women don’t have the privilege of sexual violence as a thought exercise. It’s easy to mock the idea of safety when it’s not something you have to think about on a daily basis.”

Young people are less racist, via Quartz. Stop telling people they are being “too sensitive.” We’re just becoming less of jerks.

Up to 82 girls kidnapped by Boko Haram have been reportedly released! Via the Independent.

The Manchester attack was specifically targeted at young women and girls and the LGBTQIA+ community, Via the Atlantic and Teen Vogue.

Is your sunscreen safe? Via Thoughtfully. Food for thought this summer when you’re getting ready to head out into the sun

Dick Grayson Vs. Toxic Masculinity via Book Riot. Why is the comics industry insisting on pretending that hyper-masculine cis hetero white men are the only people in the audience? 

Banning 13 Reasons Why Isn’t The Answer

I think at this point we are all familiar with 13 Reasons Why  and the controversy surrounding the Netflix series. I know, I know. It’s been talked to death. But let’s talk about it for Mental Health Week anyway.

If you’re not familiar with the controversy, let me fill you in.

The Netflix adaptation of Jay Asher’s novel young adult novel 13 Reasons Why has been receiving both praise and criticism. The story depicts the life of a group of teenagers after the death by suicide of a girl named Hannah Baker. Hannah leaves tapes behind describing the thirteen reasons she had for dying.

While mental health advocates and professionals believe that talking about mental illness and suicide is important, they also believe that the makers of the series did not handle this sensitive material correctly. Not only so, but the makers seem often to actively go against media guidelines for talking about suicide.

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Why People With Anxiety Make Hella Great Friends

Anxiety is a natural response to certain situations. Social anxiety is an evolutionary response. Belonging to, and being accepted by, a group was the difference between death and survival. Humans are social beings meant to be part of a community.

People who have anxiety disorders have natural anxiety on a large-scale. It doesn’t shut off. While there are not a whole ton of things that make having anxiety great, there are a few things that it teaches us.

I know that it can be hard to have friends with anxiety. There are a lot of little things and limitations you have to be aware of and sensitive to, and it can be frustrating. But anxiety can teach those who suffer from it and can give them different perspectives. One of those things is how to be a good friend.

Sure, people with anxiety have all different types of personalities and character traits. But in general, our anxiety makes us alert to certain things and these can benefit those who are around us.

So, this Mental Health Week, here are 14 awesome things that make people with anxiety great friends to have.

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Know Someone With Anxiety? Here are Six (Mildly Snarky) Dos and Don’ts

Hey y’all! It’s Mental Health Week! Let’s #GETLOUD for mental health.

Anxiety. Mental illness. Heavy topic, huh? It doesn’t have to be. Important topic? Absolutely.

I know that mental health and mental illnesses have been getting more mainstream coverage and acceptance of late (which is good), but it’s not enough. It’s something that we still need to work hard at to normalize. This is something that is okay to talk about. It’s important to talk about. 1 in 5 Canadians have or will suffer from a mental illness in their life. That’s 20% of the population, guys.

Although there are a lot of us out there, mental illness can be incredibly isolating. But, knowledge is power, yo! Educate yourself. Know someone with anxiety? (You probably do, whether you know it or not). Here are some (a little snarky) dos and don’ts.

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A Little Tribute to The Outsiders On its 50th Anniversary

This may be a little late, but I thought it necessary to pay tribute to the seminal work The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton.

I think we all know the book I’m talking about. Ponyboy. Sodapop. The socs and the greasers. The now infamous refrain: Stay gold.

I remember when I was introduced to The Outsiders.

It was in grade seven or eight. I was always one of those kids that tended to enjoy assigned reading, and this was no exception. I struggled to not read ahead.

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Confessions of a Murderino: How I Became Interested in MURDERERS (i.e. True Crime)

 I haven’t been doing a ton of reading in the last couple of weeks. I haven’t been doing anything particularly constructive though, either. What I have been doing though, is binge listening to tons of podcasts.

Now, I’m not saying that listening to podcasts isn’t constructive. There’s a ton of great shit out there, man. It’s just that usually when people listen to stuff like podcasts or audiobooks or whatever, they are doing something else.

Maybe they’re on the bus, or driving, or walking, or cleaning, or cooking, or literally anything else. But me? I’m usually just curled up on the couch with earbuds in and eyes closed.

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Since I heard that Teen Vogue had become more newsy and political, I’ve been following them online. Best. Decision. “What Defunding Planned Parenthood Means.”

The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel | Shit got dark real fast

 The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel

Adult Fiction
Hardcover, 276 pages
Published March 7th, 2017 by Crown
Goodreads | Amazon | Indigo

Please note: I received an ARC of this book in for my honest review and participation in the TLC Book Tour.

I read and enjoyed The Book of Ivy by Amy Engel. When I found out she was writing an adult mystery, I had to get my hands on it. The Roanoke Girls is the story of a missing woman, an insanely dysfunctional family, a small town, and a woman returning home to look for her missing cousin.

It had me at “missing woman” and “dysfunctional family.”

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Lord of the Rings fan? Try these

Today I’m going to be wearing two hats, of the figurative variety. I’m doing some duel reader’s advisory: librarian and blogger.

First let’s talk about Lord of the Rings

This classic series is beloved. By me, too! It’s a classic fantasy by the amazing and unparalleled J.R.R. Tolkien. That man was a genius. As a scholar, he drew heavily on Anglo-Saxon traditions and language. He was especially interested in language. Did you know that the story for LOTR came out of languages he created first? Crazy!

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