13 Aug

Links for a Sunday Morning

When a woman wins an Olympic medal why are we praising her husband? – National Post

In 2016, we still have a gender gap that goes way beyond pay. Ambitious, successful women still navigate a world where men dominate and are considered the norm. A man who is successful at work and has a family is never described as “having it all,” but a woman who pursues both is still viewed as unusual.

Katinka Hosszu and Her Husband Raise Eyebrows at the Pool – NY Times

The swimmer who felt overwhelmed by the pressure to succeed in London has since become the first athlete to surpass $1 million in World Cup series prize money for individual races and overall finishes and averaged more than 100 races a year. She has accomplished all of this with her husband overseeing all the aspects of her preparation, to the unease of some in the tightknit swimming community. Tusup is more temperamental than Hosszu, and his eruptions on the pool deck have elicited stares, complaints and calls for his removal.

In Defense of Villainesses – tor.com

She’s fabulous. Her hair is done. Her makeup is flawless; her coat, luxurious. She’s single. She’s thin or she’s fat or she’s muscular or she’s old or she’s young but she’s never ever cute or soft or scared of you.

Why young people have stopped drinking tea – Guardian

A cup of English breakfast or builder’s tea is only cool when you are slumming it. You might have a cup of tea at your mum’s, but not when you are out or in a cafe because it doesn’t say anything about how healthy, attuned, and cool you are.

Neighborhoods With Greater Walkability Have Pricier Homes – Fast Company

Increasing a neighborhood’s Walk Score from 19 to 20 points (a low ranking) generates only $181 on average. But increasing it from 79 to 80 points commands a price increase of more than $7,000.

How to market Justin Trudeau – Maclean’s

The current Prime Minister’s obvious enjoyment of people and crowds of any size makes marketing and political experts swoon: those assets are a gold mine. And there’s a naturally emotive and performative quality to Trudeau that amplifies everything he does; Anytime you get the politician doing something he likes in front of a crowd that likes him for it, that’s kind of the holy grail.

The Problem Is Not Women Running Alone – Runner’s World

I’m already doing everything I’m willing and able to do to stay safe on a run but that hasn’t stopped men from honking at me, catcalling me, or following me in their cars. If you feel you have the right to interrupt my run with “a friendly honk” or a comment about my appearance, what other rights do you think you have in your interactions with women?

NBC’s coverage of the Olympics is atrocious. There’s a simple reason why. – Vox

“The people who watch the Olympics are not particularly sports fans. More women watch the games than men, and for the women, they’re less interested in the result and more interested in the journey. It’s sort of like the ultimate reality show and mini-series wrapped into one.”
It’s an idea NBC has offered before, including in press conferences over the years. It’s also one that is baldly sexist on its face.

Beach volleyball’s never-ending joust over bikini uniforms – Maclean’s

As the sport’s governing body, the FIVB, talks about opening up the sport culturally, what gets lost in the discussion is why the uniform rule was even created in the first place. The reason was simply to sex up the women’s side of the sport. And it worked.

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