Friday BARB Up March 17, 2017.

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For years, I worked across the street from Madison Square Garden/Penn Station. My route to work was simple: take the subway into Penn, and walk through Penn to pick up a Grande Decaf Iced Mocha with whipped cream from Starbucks, walk across the floor of Penn up two different escalators onto the streets of Manhattan. Sometimes if I was running late, I’d exit the subway through the entrance on 32nd street, across the way from the actual building I worked in. But in general, I wanted my Iced Mocha more than I cared about punctuality. There was only one day a year I refused to walk through the bustling Penn Station: St. Patricks Day, when the whole of Penn is filled with green-jersey wearing drunken folk. I can barely stomach one drunk person, but a legion of them? No can do. I no longer work in that part of town, and boy, this morning, is that a relief, to not have to face cheeks that are pink hued and breath that smells like gasoline. As I’ve said before here on BARB, it’s the little things that make me happy.

Chimamanda: “Even friends of mine — people I love — wrote, ‘why yes, we kind of agree, but why call it feminist? It’s just common sense.’ And I’m like no, it’s feminist,” Ms. Adichie said. “Or, oh it’s just humanism. Or someone said, ‘these are just democratic ideals.’ And I thought, what? It’s everything but to acknowledge the fact that gender is a problem.”

Angela Davis: “Of course, I did everything I could to prevent Donald Trump from being elected because of the danger it could do for generations to come. At the same time, I’m really happy to be able to witness this upsurge in resistance all over the country,” she said. “And this resistance has been led by women.”

Feminism for dummies and smarties.

Where is Jon Ronson for a sobering reality when you need him?

Agnes B.

When enough girls rise up in Silicon Valley.

Jessica Lange: “I’m not offered the kind of roles that I was 20 years ago. I actually don’t think they’re out there, really. I look back and I think, “In the last ten years, what parts done by women my age would I have died to do?” And I can’t come up with one, to tell you the truth.”

Rachel Cusk: “Birth is not merely that which divides women from men, it also divides women from themselves, so that a woman’s understanding of what it is to exist is profoundly changed.”

A gig economy is now a thing? What?

Sexy sex tunes.

 And now have a laugh with Amber Ruffin.


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