What we’re reading

In the ongoing coverage of the NFL’s mishandling of domestic violence cases, the women affected have been eerily silent (or silenced). But The New York Times‘ “N.F.L. Left Women Feeling Trapped in Domestic Abuse, Ex-Wives Say,” attempts to both explain how they were silenced and to give them a voice.


Mercedes Sands, wife of former Bengals player Robert Sands.

After Taylor Swift removed 1989, her new horrible album, from Spotify, discussions regarding Spotify’s role in the music world were amplified (aha!). This discussion is expertly captured in the New Yorker‘s “Revenue Streams,” which asks the question: is Spotify the music industry’s friend or foe?

The New York Times‘ “Mishandling Rape” is a nuanced discussion of how rape allegations should be processed at universities. It’s an important read, especially leading up to tomorrow’s Janus Forum event and President Paxson’s alternate event.

The Atlantic‘s “What 200 Calories of Every Food Looks Like” is surely the most depressing read on the Internet this week. Spoiler alert: 200 calories = actually two bites of a bagel.

By far the most important internet content of the week is the Huffington Post‘s interview with Kel Mitchell, of Keenan and Kel fame. No, he’s not dead!

A conversation captured by Complex, on video and in text, between rapper Wale and Jerry Seinfeld about their friendship, the state of the music world, and the relationship between comedy and music is a must-see/read.

Each generation brings a lot of new things to the table–most importantly, new dance moves. Pitchfork‘s “FKA Twigs, Lorde, and the New Feminist (Dance) Movement” looks at how young female performers have changed the landscape of onstage dancing–and its feminist implications.

Everyone has something to say about Kim Kardashian’s rear-centered photos. Grantland‘s “Asses of Fire: Why Kim Kardashian’s Magazine Shoot Failed to ‘Break the Internet‘” is BlogDH’s favorite of the bunch.

New York Magazine has provided some “New Insights Into the ‘It’s So Cute I Could Eat It’ Phenomenon.”

And everyone’s favorite meme of the month, Alex from Target, is the subject of a humanizing and surprisingly sad feature in the Times entitled: “Alex From Target: The Other Side of Fame.”

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