Wednesday BARB Up February 1, 2017

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Whenever I hear the phrase “dressing my age” or “dressing your age” I blanche. Partly because my age, in my mind, is fluid; when I look in the mirror, I don’t see the visibly older Marcelle, I see the most comforting version of myself, and she varies from day to day. It’s part of the shift in how you see yourself as you get older, as aging can be frightening (Oh, Mortality!) but also sobering (as in the Inside Amy Schumer sketch, “Last Unfuckable Day”). And so, I don’t believe in the edict that you need to dress your age. I believe you need to dress in what is most comfortable to you. I wear skinny jeans. I wear t-shirts. I wear sneakers. I wear oversized sweaters. I wear hoodies. And all five pieces feel comfortable to me. Right now. All five pieces have been part of my uniform the whole of my life and at every life stage, works for me. I hope you have the items in your drawers and closet that you feel most comfortable in, without furrowing your brow. Without feeling like you’re on blast for your style choices.

The bullying of Americans continues with the firing of Attorney General Sally Yates. But she gets the last laugh. She stood up to him. She told him to go fuck himself. She rules. “I am responsible for ensuring that the positions we take in court remain consistent with this institution’s solemn obligation to always seek justice and stand for what is right. At present, I am not convinced that the defense of the Executive Order is consistent with these responsibilities nor am I convinced that the Executive Order is lawful.”

Alicia Keys: “I think the best advice that I would have—and look, I’m learning too—is that, first, you have to identify what you care about and why you care about it. It has to be personal. It has to be something that fires you up or means something to you, or it’s not going to drive you.”

Illinois prosecutor Kim Fox: This girl said, “Is that Kim Foxx?” She’d seen my commercials on her TV, and she said she wanted to go to law school, and she had dark skin like I had dark skin and she said to me, “I know I can do it.” I don’t sing, I don’t dance, I’m not an entertainer. To have a young girl want to be like me, it meant the world to me. That singular moment fueled me to keep going, to keep pushing, to create a space that, if I won, when I won, would allow someone like that little girl to come into a work environment and feel valued and appreciated and acknowledged.”

The fella in charge of Starbucks writes a letter to his employees. It’s a good one. “We are living in an unprecedented time, one in which we are witness to the conscience of our country, and the promise of the American Dream, being called into question.”

A look into raising a transgender child.

Oregon’s and New York’s Governors — Kate Brown and Andrew Cuomo, respectively— are moving forward with a plan to protect women’s reproductive rights.

Are you having a heart attack? There are some signs to look for. Rosie O’Donnell captured the signs in a cute acronym, HEPPP (Hot, Exhausted, Pain, Pale, Puke) accompanied with a little song.

While this is a site for women over 40, this video by a teenager’s take on the Women’s March still speaks to me.

And now have a laugh with Rosie O’Donnell.

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