Many of us are not really aware of what goes on in running a household, raising a family. It sounds tired, old and cliché, but with more women in the workforce and burning out doing double duty, we are waking up fast. Especially when we are faced with the reality of hiring and paying someone to do all that work we took for granted. Advice from the top: Marry a stay-at-home spouse or buy the equivalent by Penelope Trunk. This advice of course is geared towards the executive-class but it should provide context for all of us.
A father shares his perspective on his son who wears dresses. It’s an amazing (and short) read on masculinity and fatherhood and what it means to be a parent, on bullying and judgements and standing up for yourself. via Sandrine
There is a great tumbler post talking about the recent research showing that many cave drawings and some early scultures were done by women. The concept that these sculptures are accurate from the perspective of a person looking down (taking a selfie) is particularly awesome. NSFW for nudity, but click through for more info!
One sailer recounts how his trip on the ocean has completely changed over the years. He declares the ocean is broken. Read on for his tale of lifeless waters.
There’s been a lot of talk lately about revamping our education system away from what was designed for the Industrial Revolution. Places like the Khan Academy are trickling in, and results are coming in. Click here for a profile of a classroom in a poor neighbourhood in Mexico that showed good results with the new methods.
Neil Gaimen explains why we should care about libraries. No, really, like it’s really really important. And reading. Good gosh. Reading is important too. And how you raise your children to read. I’d say his lecture is required reading… but… yeah. Well it still is. Holy shit can this guy write.
Restore Our Anthem is a petition to restore the Canadian National Anthem “O Canada!” to it’s 1908 original version, which said “thou dost in us command”, but was changed in 1913 to “In all thy sons command”. While the later might be more current English, it did change the meaning rather drastically. Changing this to “in all of us command” makes a lot of sense to me. Click through for a nice video they put together (though it does lack an example modified anthem). Let me know what you think in the comments bellow!
The Oatmeal delivers an on point reminder (and history lesson) that Christopher Columbus was awful in comic form, and gives us a nice alternative in Bartolome to celebrate on
ColumbusBartolome Day. What fact were you most surprised about? Tell us in the comments bellow! via reddit, click through for the whole comic.
The roofing on this Archery Hall and Boxing Club by FT Architects is absolutely breathtaking. The really cool thing is that the design does not use any pillars to create unobstructed space. I wonder how easy it will be to repair though… Where else could you see these techniques useful? Tell us in the comments!
Click through for more pictures, especially of the boxing room.
There are a bunch of real issues and breakdown in communication when it comes to the bedroom. Women feeling pressured to have orgasms is certainly a big one. Smaller but still significant is men feeling pressured to have orgasms. The fact that many would laugh off such a claim is an indication of how little they understand the pressures men feel towards the whole experience. I’ve always been a heavy believer in communication, but sometimes it results in hurt feelings, especially if people take it personally. This article gives us a roundup of some of the data about both and reminds us that we need to start being more aware. via MichelleP