Dumb Things Written By Probably Smart Women

by Roo on January 30, 2014

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Each week, I compile a small list of things I’ve written (not here, elsewhere), read, or watched. Usually with minimal commentary, but that might change today because – oh man – the Internet certainly served up some madness this week. And as a disclaimer, some of the things I link to may contain NSFW language.

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Little Luxuries Are a Big Freaking Deal in Epic New Ad for Booking.com <— This spot is funny.

- Quietly Amazing Subaru Ad Is About So Much More Than a Girl Changing a Flat Tire <— This spot is heartwarming. 

– They’re letting me try my hand at parent-themed GIFs over at BabyCenter. We’ll see how it goes. BC readers might not love GIFs with an undying love like NF readers, but I’m hopeful. GIFs 4 LyFe.

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Dumb Things Written By Probably Smart Women

Here’s what I’m referencing in today’s blog post title. (Note: the girl above did not write any of them. I just wanted to use a photo and stock photos can be weird so I texted my friend today’s blog post title and she sent me this photo. So much better than photos of women laughing while eating yogurt, you know?)

I Look Down On Young Women With Husbands and Kids and I’m Not Sorry” – an obnoxious piece of vitrol and ignorance – has been circling its way around the Internet. Gems (and I certainly use that term loosely) include “I hear women talk about how ‘hard’ it is to raise kids and manage a household all the time. I never hear men talk about this. It’s because women secretly like to talk about how hard managing a household is so they don’t have to explain their lack of real accomplishments. Men don’t care to ‘manage a household.’ They aren’t conditioned to think stupid things like that are ‘important.'”

AND ALSO “If women can do anything, why are we still content with applauding them for doing nothing?”

Let it be known that this is not SAHM vs. single women here. I would not call Amy Glass a ‘voice’ for any large group of people. It’s one ignorant opinion and she’s certainly entitled to it, but feminism… true feminism.. is about advocating equality. This feels like a really weird, acrimonious rant.

– This also is making the rounds: “It Happened to Me: There Are No Black People In My Yoga Classes and I’m Suddenly Feeling Uncomfortable With It

The title drew me in because 1) I yoga and 2) I think it’s important to be on the up-and-up when there’s a lot of racial inequality going on in our country, even if I’m not experiencing it or even seeing it directly. So.

“I got home from that class and promptly broke down crying. Yoga, a beloved safe space that has helped me through many dark moments in over six years of practice, suddenly felt deeply suspect. Knowing fully well that one hour of perhaps self-importantly believing myself to be the deserving target of a racially charged anger is nothing, is largely my own psychological projection, is a drop in the bucket, is the tip of the iceberg in American race relations, I was shaken by it all the same.”

I started reading it, and I went from Hm. Hmmmm to Wait, what? and then Oh no, did she just? Yeah, she did just – and then I bravely dared the comment section. I admit, I was howling at this comment: “Everything about this article is offensive. Somehow, the author’s attempt to show self-wareness makes it worse. I eagerly await the follow-up piece: “IHTM: I Was Just Trying to Do My F*cking Yoga and This Weird-Ass White Girl Kept Staring At Me with Tears in Her Eyes.”

Responses are being published all over the place, including this one at BlogHer, and this one entitled “It Happened to Me: There are No White People In My Twerk-Out Class and I’m Suddenly Feeling Uncomfortable With it.” #dying

watchingThe gentlemen of Full House reunited on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and I’d like to get on whatever aging process John Stamos has adopted.

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When I’m not NFing, you can find me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and sometimes on my kitchen counter eating pizza out of the box like an animal. PS. Speaking of pizza, Kristen Howerton and I are hosting a “Hey did you forget about your resolutions?” DietBet, and no, it’s not too late to join. Click here for details. :) See you tomorrow for TIHIF!

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Nicole January 30, 2014 at 12:13 pm

So I’ve opened tabs to read all of these but I just had to tell you – John Stamos posted a pic on Instagram this week of a sink full of water and ice. He captioned it “Now, insert face. (secret weapon)”. Aging process revealed! Haha :) And please don’t think I’m the biggest dork ever.

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Roo February 1, 2014 at 12:54 pm

I don’t know if I could do that. Water and ice? Woof.

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Laura McClellan January 30, 2014 at 12:28 pm

That booking ad was delightful.

And that person’s follow up article comment was hilarious. I’m pretty sure she would have felt horrible for me watching me do the last two yoga classes I’ve attended (the first ones ever in my life). Maybe she’d send me cookies though.

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Roo February 1, 2014 at 12:55 pm

Oooh, are you going to go again?

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Laura McClellan February 3, 2014 at 8:07 am

Yep! I really liked it so far. The class I’ve been going to (because it’s the only one that I could make it to at my Y) actually doesn’t really do any standing poses so it’s perfect for me as a super novice. A lot of stretching and only a few actual poses. I might try a more difficult one after I do this one a little longer. But I really like it–it’s relaxing and I feel really good afterward!

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MissCaron January 30, 2014 at 12:31 pm

I totally agree with the dumb things written my probably smart women. I just don’t get it. I also don’t understand the vitriol that exists in comment section. What happened to the “if you don’t have anything nice to say don’t say anything at all”?

Also, I cry at practically every Subaru commercial and, yes, it will be the next car I purchase. LOL

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Kelly {the Centsible Life} January 30, 2014 at 12:37 pm

I’ve seen both those things circulating and haven’t clicked. I just know they’ll make me ragey, and I’m already ragey from all the snow and cold.

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Maggie January 30, 2014 at 1:03 pm

Smart. I barely got two paragraphs into either one and bailed out – not worth my brain cells imploding.

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Roo February 1, 2014 at 1:15 pm

Hahahaha super smart. (It’s 40 in CT today though. I just broke out my swimsuit and SPF.)

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Amanda January 30, 2014 at 12:52 pm

I was just showing my coworker that picture of John Stamos yesterday and said that he be drinking that Tuck Everlasting water. That man literally looks just about the same as he did on the Full House finale. Crazy.

That yoga article – have mercy. Umm, it’s not uncommon for me to be the only/one of the few black people in my gym classes. It honestly doesn’t bother me because I’m able to connect with people over similarities that have nothing to do with race (21st century, yo!), but having a woman of any race stare at me during an entire class with tears in her eyes would freak me out and make me not want to go back. Not to mention, I’ve seen people of all races/sizes/ages give up in the middle of an exercise class. That whole article was bizarre; it might take her a while to shake that one off lol.

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Kristin January 30, 2014 at 12:54 pm

The Amy Glass blog made me sick. Everyone is entitled to their own opinions for sure and honestly I have no problems with the way she lives her life, but to say that she looks DOWN on women with husbands and kids? That we are LESS than she is? I can not subscribe to that thought process. Some girls dream of growing up and traveling, some want to be CEO, some want to be a teacher, firefighter, accountant, etc… and you know what? Some (gasp) want to be mothers and wives and some… (HUGE GASP) want to be mothers, wives and have a career!
Thank you for posting the Jimmy Fallon video. I grew up on Full House. My kids watch the re-runs now. Loved it!!

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SL January 30, 2014 at 1:00 pm

LOL. Something tells me that Amy Glass doesn’t have a whole lot of female friends…

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Jenn January 30, 2014 at 1:22 pm

I HATE THAT SAHM POST. Like, really hate (if you can’t tell from my use of caps)…..and I’m not even a mom, nor did I have a SAHM, nor do I know if I would be a SAHM. I always just thought the best part of the whole “SAHM v single lady v working mom” stuff is that we have a choice between them. Anyway,that silly thing sucked up so much of my time earlier in the week and I’m apparently not yet over it haha

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Cheri @ Overactive Blogger January 30, 2014 at 1:23 pm

Okay, I read the article earlier this week, and I’m really trying to figure out where she was trying to go with that article…poor girl.

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Roo February 1, 2014 at 12:55 pm

I’m just like >.<

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ashley @ sunnysideshlee.com January 30, 2014 at 1:45 pm

Best reunion – ever. Love me some Danny Tanner, Uncle Jesse and Uncle Joey!

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Roo February 1, 2014 at 1:10 pm

Me toooooo!

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Kristy @ Kristy's Health Revolution January 30, 2014 at 2:30 pm

Oh my goodness, that was my favorite comment on the Black Girl/Yoga article too! I was in tears. That article was all kinds of ridiculous.

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Kristy @ Kristy's Health Revolution January 30, 2014 at 2:34 pm

P.S. Did you read any comments on that Amy Glass article about theories that it was actually written by Thought Catalog’s managing editor to increase traffic? Interesting theory….

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Kristy @ Kristy's Health Revolution January 30, 2014 at 2:35 pm

http://thoughtcatalog.com/amy-glass/2014/01/in-defense-of-trolling/ — I think this is evidence enough, in my opinion.

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Roo February 1, 2014 at 1:15 pm

Yeah, that’s pretty compelling…

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Roo February 1, 2014 at 1:11 pm

Wowwwww.. pretty interesting.

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Erin January 30, 2014 at 3:01 pm

So I was going to post a comment on the “Amy Glass” article along the lines of, “I’m so sorry that you can’t find a man to marry you and let you have his children. I look down on you for not being able to pull that one off.” But then I saw this comment from “Guest”, “So, the Thought Catalog producer, Chrissy Stockton, just deleted my comment I made a few minutes ago because I exposed her as being Amy Glass and that she is trying to get traffic here by writing blatantly offensive articles that target a HUGE group of people (in this example, stay-at-home moms, or any married woman). With all of the traffic here she can charge more money for her advertising spots. She doesn’t care what you think about the article or wants you to agree, she’s happy that you’re angry so you share this article on Facebook/Twitter/Tumbler/etc. and she makes more money. She’ll probably delete this comment too.”

Guest had a point so I didn’t bother to put my comment. I did however google this Chrissy Stockton person and her website was far more girly than I’m comfortable with, so yeah. Odd.

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Anna January 30, 2014 at 4:18 pm

ROO! The girl changing the flat tire is my friend Mary from college :) We were both theater majors. It is such a weird/cool/exciting feeling to see someone you know in commercials!

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Roo February 1, 2014 at 1:12 pm

Whoaaaa! That’s so cool. Tell her I loved writing about the spot. :) (Also, she looks mad young.)

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Natasha January 30, 2014 at 6:36 pm

Ugh. Read that Amy Glass earlier this week, made me so ragey. She’s just jelly that I get laid on a regular basis. And she prob eats fuzzy kittens for breakfast.
The rebuttals to the IHTM are pretty hilarious, I keep finding more and snort giggling the whole time. The Gloss had a decent one too.
I really enjoy reading your ‘ad copy’, is that weird?! Keep the link ups coming girl!

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Roo January 30, 2014 at 10:28 pm

Bahahahaha she’s totally jealous, Natasha! And thanks for reading all my other stuff. :)

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Kacey W. January 30, 2014 at 7:27 pm

I’m thinking that whole Thought Catalogue website is laced with social dynamite and that the goal must be to pick fights online. Did you see the “article” entitled I Think People Without Kids Have Empty Lives and I’m Not Sorry About It?

http://thoughtcatalog.com/sarah-larson/2014/01/i-think-people-without-kids-have-empty-lives-and-im-not-sorry-about-it/

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Roo February 1, 2014 at 1:13 pm

I need to start doing this for my own site.

JK.

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Lynn @ Our Useful Hands January 31, 2014 at 12:30 pm

Well, well, well. It seems that the internet downed some pills and then everyone decided to puke it all up at the same time. This week I feel like I’ve seen unimaginable carnage on many sites and well loved blogs of mine. I’ve never willfully dove into so many comments sections than I have this week. For reals. i.e. last night my husband comes into the bedroom and I didn’t realize my eyebrows were still standing at attention ^ ^ from the comments section of a really popular DIY Blogger who’s post was just bananas and total chaos ensued. He asks “What’s up?” and I didn’t even know where to start…lol. Yeah sometimes things get said that should be unsaid but the power of the Web makes it impossible to retract things anymore. It’s one of the many serious reasons that I decided to stop publicly blogging. There are way to many people of prescription meds who MUST be getting paid to troll websites and stir the pot. (#sponsoredcomments?) Anyway, it was a great/awful reading time this week. Whew, I need a vacation!

My best, Lynn

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Roo January 31, 2014 at 7:16 pm

Said DIY blogger did retract, or at least delete and apologize.

I think, in general, a lot of this pot stirring (Thought Catalog, etc) is for pageviews. I should try that. I’ll write a post about how only sociopaths eat Nutella and watch the madness happen and my pageviews skyrocket.

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Lynn @ Our Useful Hands January 31, 2014 at 11:00 pm

Yeah I saw that today. Glad she did it. I hope she does okay after all this brouhaha.

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Alicia January 31, 2014 at 1:21 pm

I’m kinda obsessed with Subaru’s newest commercials, the ones with the dogs. If you feature a dog driving a car, I will love your commercial.

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Wonderful website. Lots of helpful information here.

I’m sending it to some buddies ans also sharing in delicious.
And naturally, thanks in your sweat!

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