Curated: Week of Nov. 9

  • Caged: What drives Ronda Rousey to wake up and fight: 2015 has been the year of Ronda Rousey. And if you ask me, all that attention is well deserved. This profile in Esquire explores Rousey’s rise, motivations and rage. I love that she owns her anger, and challenges the definition of femininity. There’s a lot to take away from this piece. My favorite quote from Rousey?
    “This person disrespected you and your family and could go beat you up and take everything that you cared and worked for and you’ll just be the biggest loser ever. Or, they can disrespect you and your family and you can beat them in such a devastating way that no one would ever dare to mention your family again.” 
  • It’s going to be OK: If your week has been crazy, stressful or sad, I recommend you head over to The Oatmeal and read the newest comic.  The creator, Matthew Inman, was the first to admit it’s not his typical irreverent style, but it’s well worth a look. Through the story of Gene Roddenberry, creator of Star Trek, he reminds us that life is short and we have to jump on the chance to make it meaningful, in spite of all the crazy stuff that happens.
  • Does the Parental Advisory Label still matter? Newsweek is doing a series on the iconic black and white warning label, emblazoned into the collective memory of my generation. In this second installment, we get a brief history of the label, brought about by Tipper Gore’s ridiculous crusade against artists in the late ’80s and early ’90s. My takeaway? The Internet is a beautiful thing for artists, even if they are still struggling to wrap their minds around how to make money in the digital age. As an aside, if you want to be inspired, check out Dee Snider (of Twisted Sister) in this video, testifying before congress on the rights of artists and censorship.

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