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Woman With A Plan - Issue #42

“Bitterness is like cancer. It eats upon the host. But anger is like fire. It burns it all clean.”  ―

Woman With A Plan

October 5 · Issue #42 · View online
Weekly thoughts, ideas, and information from one woman to another.

“Bitterness is like cancer. It eats upon the host. But anger is like fire. It burns it all clean.” 
― Maya Angelou

Hear Me Roar
Hello friends, how are you holding up? My parents have been in town since last week and despite Vienna’s incredible sights, none of us can stop thinking about the spectacle back in the US. The luxury of distance does little to soften the intensity of this moment. I’ve been poring over one enraging article after the next, followed closely by late show clips for relief. It’s hard to stomach that we’re back in this position 27 years after Anita Hill’s historic testimony. Regardless of the outcome, we will never forget Dr. Blasey Ford for her unbelievable fortitude, and Ana Maria Archila and Maria Gallagher who bravely confronted Senator Jeff Flake en route to the Senate Judiciary Committee meeting last Friday. I’m also heartened by the massive outcry of protesters unwilling to stand silent as our leaders spout hate speech. Though there may be nothing to stop a Supreme Court confirmation of Judge Kavanaugh, indelible in the hippocampus of many voters will be the image of eleven aging misogynists and the self-righteous outrage of an entitled white man. See you in November. 💪
via @libbyvanderploeg
Media Diet
While some men choose to ignore or “forget” their history of sexual assault, stories like this TED Talk and Caitlin Flanagan’s recent article are a jarring contrast to the contentious debates we often anticipate. There’s no perfect solution, but acknowledgement and forgiveness seem far more effective than denial, denial, denial. (Thanks to Cupcakes & Cashmere for the links.)
Be sure to catch Caitlin Flanagan’s follow up interview with The Daily, a fascinating discussion on the gender dynamics of sexual assault, including this brilliant assessment:
I think what those men do is they put it in a category of ‘When I wasn’t my best self,’ or 'When I was young and I was ashamed of how I was when I was young, and then I grew up and I’m really proud of who I became now.’ And so, they look at that girl or those girls as the learning experience of 'When I wasn’t the person I wanted to be, and now I am the person I want to be.’ But the girls are still sitting with what you did to them, and some of them have been sitting with it for decades.
While things seem sinister back home, Europe is seeing its share of grim developments too. A chilling harbinger, especially for a city like Vienna. Good timing to watch Rick Steves’ new special on The Story of Fascism in Europe.
Absolutely shameful.
Something to lift your spirits: France just made its first conviction for a new law against sexist catcalling.
And lest we forget, this also happened last week.
I never thought i could stomach a movie about Dick Cheney, but this may change my mind.
As if I could love Taffy Brodesser-Akner any more.
Hoping to see this beautiful new sight during our upcoming trip to London.
In case you’re curious, Google Arts & Culture has an interesting entry on Pieter Bruegel’s Landscape with the Fall of Icarus as mentioned in the article above.
Loved this post. During maternity with my middle son, I remember attempting my first jog. I was halfway up a hill, red-faced, and pushing a giant stroller when two women started cheering, “Go mama! You’re awesome! You got this!” I burst out laughing and lost all momentum, but it totally made my day.
YOU got this. ❤️
via @newyorkercartoons
Open Tabs
Temperatures plummeted last week and the locals say it’s not even cold yet. 😳 Good timing for these unique cardigans (and this chunky scarf!)
Our babysitter showed up in this cozy looking jacket and now I’m seeing them all over town. It’s only a matter of time until we start seeing these again too.
Another staple of the Vienna wardrobe are these Naketano sweatshirts. All the other moms wear them to school pickup and they even sell knockoffs at the famous Naschtmarkt. This is my favorite version, though I’m a little alarmed by their naming convention.
Tempted to order these perfect looking jeans.
Just when I told my husband I was done buying beauty products for a while…
Have a Rejuvenating Weekend.
Woman With A Plan is a newsletter by Sarah Richey, an American expat in Vienna and mom of three feminists in the making.
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