Link love

Lots of stuff about the wimmin this week.  Hopefully the links will all work– apparently blogger has been eating posts and comments.  WordPress rocks.

We start with FSP and some of the super annoying commentary we have gotten from men whose wives stay at home with their kids.  The comments are also illuminating.

We discovered the happiest mom this week (thanks wandering scientist!)  The post itself is fascinating about how women have always hired folks to help out, which is true, even poor women had someone help with the laundry back in the day (it also dovetails nicely with our upcoming Monday’s post on labor market participation of married women over time).  A followup addresses some of the bashing of women who don’t do their womanly duty of unpaid household labor because somehow woman’s work is too degrading to pay someone else to do, unlike, say, yard work.  Also, an older post on guilt (which we are against) with the addendum that when women do this they’re making it worse for the rest of us who don’t want to feel guilty about things… like all those skinny women in LA who constantly say they’re fat and shouldn’t be eating that — OMG — french fry!  Glad to be back in the heart-land where I don’t feel guilty for being almost normal weight.

A fantastic xkcd comic on how there have been many many women scientists who are not as famous as Marie Curie because they were discriminated against.  If you’ve ever read The Double Helix, you know that Rosalind Franklin deserved that Nobel and that Watson should have been put in jail for theft.  It’s all there in Watson’s words.

won’t someone think of the children!? (no, really, please do think of the children.)  Related:  tax bills in 2009 lowest since 1950.  I’d be willing to pay a little more in taxes for the future to be a little less terrible for these kids.

Here’s a link stolen from Donna Freedman from Scalzi way back in 2005, on being poor.  There’s a reason we save a LOT.

An exciting announcement from Hyperbole and a Half!

Bardiac linked to this page of better book titles.  Fun!  Anna Karenina totally needed a sassy gay friend.

We’re in this week’s carnival of personal finance.

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14 Responses to “Link love”

  1. eemusings Says:

    Yes, WordPress kicks ass. I mean, it’s not always perfect, but that was a pretty epic Blogger fail.

    I read something similar recently about how women have always had help around the household – which just made so much sense.

  2. nicoleandmaggie Says:

    Blogger has been failing on and off for years. Now we must cross our fingers over here so excuse me while my typing v,mecomes hratd to red.

  3. Shannon Says:

    My feminist awakening came in a science and ethics class when I wrote a paper about how Rosalind Franklin got screwed. Interestingly, my professor wrote as a comment that he had never thought of that – uh really? You’re teaching a class about ethics in science. Jeesh.

  4. Comrade PhysioProf Says:

    Blogger suckes f*cken asse.

  5. Grace Says:

    I’m still a blogger fan, primarily because, should I ever figure out how, I could monetize the blog, which wordpress won’t allow.

    But Rosalind Franklin–so incredibly sad that she died early; she was so bright, so meticulous, and so badly treated by her colleagues who should have known better. I read “The Double Helix” when it first came out, and even then, I wondered if Watson fully understood what he was saying about her–he seemed to get that his work depended on hers and yet he, too, seemed to bypass her greatness. I am reminded of the much better treatment Barbara McClintock got, when her research (on ‘jumping genes’ in corn) was so far ahead of the rest of her field–in her case, she did get the recognition, and her male colleagues realized that they were going to have to play catch-up even to use her findings.

  6. Cloud Says:

    @Grace, I’ve been running a little experiment on my blog with Google ads. Short story- you won’t make any real money off of them unless you have Dooce like traffic. Which I don’t. I make more money from Amazon referral links, and that is only enough to buy myself a book every few months.

    I love the alternative book titles.

    The thing that I find most interesting about the Rosalind Franklin story is how hard so many people try to convince everyone that there was no sexism at work at all.

    • nicoleandmaggie Says:

      It’s crazy when the sexism is *there* in Watson’s own words. What a disgusting jerk.

      I understand he is still an asshat.

      I think the way to really monetize a blog is to take single advertisers. Budgeting in the Fun Stuff (see blogroll) seems to be doing well with that. She updates what she does about once a week, with a bigger update once a month.

  7. MutantSupermodel Says:

    Your children link depressed me.

    I find it ridiculous we have to defend the right to hire help. Get over it. You hire tutors. You hire gardeners. You hire couriers. You hire painters. You hire a freaking cleaning lady. Same. Difference.

    I may have to read this Double Helix you’re talking about. Or maybe not because I’ll get mad.


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