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Monday Menagerie #2

Monday Menagerie is our weekly collection of things we found and loved and had to share.  Dive in!

screen shot from the music video

screen shot from the music video “Save Me” – Irma

12 short films by female filmmakers, screened at TEDWomen 2015 | TED Blog.

I watched every one of these, loved them.  Symmetry is like a beautiful meditation, a brief trip through all of life.  Sue Austin Underwater Wheelchair is so beautifully, dreamy.. incredible.  “Save Me” music video with musician Irma– LOVE!!!  Misty Copeland “I Will What I Want“.. I was SO getting into this and then it was over!  What a kick-ass woman.  And we’re all big fans of Amy Schumer here..  “A Very Realistic Video Game” is a hoot.

Sheryl Sandberg, 2013 interview on the TED stage:  “So We Leaned in…Now What?”

Several of us ladies here at Project:Women are reading, or have read, the book Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg.  I’m only about a quarter through it and already feel that she speaks with much candor and intelligence.  This interview is a great extension of the conversation she began in that book.

Photo by RJW via

Photo by RJW via

“I was a Proud Non-Breeder — Then I Changed My Mind”

Michelle Goldberg writes an in-depth piece about her personal journey on the decision to have children, from a “No Thanks, Not for Me” position to ” my son’s first year was the best of my life.”  It’s a truly great read.   (shared by Tracy Cate)

Angelina Jolie Pitt by Luke MacGregor:Reuters

Angelina Jolie Pitt by Luke MacGregor/Reuters

Angelina Jolie Pitt – Diary of a Surgery

Op-ed piece written by Angelina Jolie-Pitt about her choice and experience to move forward with further preventative treatments after having her double-mastectomy.  I found this piece to be refreshingly straight-forward and informative.  I must admit I have  a tremendous respect for the endless emotional giving and awareness-raising this woman puts out into the world.

Prada Parfums “A Thunder Perfect Mind” featuring Daria Werbowy, poetry from the Nag Hammadi.

This video was released in 2005 as a promo for Prada Parfums, and I’ve often returned to it because I find it so beautiful.  The film is an original work by Ridley and Jordan Scott, yet it features a voice-over of poetry (in an abridged form) from an ancient source. It certainly raises some important questions– How do we feel about the truncation and re-use of historic poetry for the sake of marketing?  I have mixed feelings about this… on one hand, I think it’s tremendously good to have works like this out in the world, available to the masses, presented in a way that is artistic and beautiful.  On the other, it is unsettling to see the way in which Big Brands can, and often do, so easily take over existing art and re-asseble it to be their own. You can read the entire poem and learn about the Nag Hammadi here.



43 Motivational Quotes from Powerhouse Women

Bunch of great words by powerful women to get you going… One gem:

“I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life’s a bitch. You’ve got to go out and kick ass.” —Maya Angelou.

Amanda Hess illustrated by Charlie Powell via Slate

Amanda Hess illustrated by Charlie Powell via Slate

Why I Left Ladyblogging 

“Hi. I’m Amanda Hess, and I’m a recovering ladyblogger.”  The piece begins.  Intrigued?  So was I .

“The thirst for opinion but dearth of reporting on female concerns can actually be a gift to an enterprising ladyblogger. When she has the time (and the institutional support) to pick up the phone and report out her obsessions, the field is wide open.”



In Costa Rica, TV Dishes Broadcast Colorful Female Empowerment

Very cool development.  Central American media company Claro offers their satellite dishes up to be utilized as billboards for women working from home.

Julie Doucet via NYtimes

Julie Doucet via NYtimes

What Makes a Woman?

Elinor Burkett reports from the front lines of the transgender woman world, and she has a lot to say about it.  Insightful and non-apologetic, this piece breaks open the conversation on a new, and very important, level.

“…as much as I recognize and endorse the right of men to throw off the mantle of maleness, they cannot stake their claim to dignity as transgender people by trampling on mine as a woman.”

Sweetening the Pill

Documentary about the truths and realities of pharmaceutical contraception, by Abby Epstein and Ricki Lake, now on Kickstarter.   (shared by Breanna Walsh)

suicidegirl via i-d vice

suicidegirl via i-d vice

SuicideGirl’s clever response to Richard Prince’s stolen instagram art

“Instagram users SuicideGirl reclaim their image from controversial artist Richard Prince, who reappropriated and sold it for $90,000.”  GO girls.



How to Be a Dad

If you want to laugh your face off go to this blog.  Written by two real-life dads, it’s full of true stories and situations, snapshots, and absolutely hilarious “instructional diagrams”.  With post titles like “Being a Ninja in the Bedroom”, “Zombie vs. Baby”, and “Bad Product Idea #18:  Coleman Breastfeeding Tent”,  how can you resist?   (shared by Jamie Bullock)

Featured image (at top) collage by Julie Doucet via  All reviews written and opinions expressed are the author’s own. “Shared by [name]” – Refers to the person who shared the link to the original piece featured here, either by direct email to me or posted to my personal social networks or Project:Women social networks.

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