The Week’s End // All Sorts of Interesting Stuff

Happy Saturday everyone! If you’re looking for some interesting reads to check out while you kick back and relax, look no further, I’ve got you covered! Every weekend I like to share with you the most interesting things I found across the great, wide web. Enjoy!

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Meet Harry Potter’s ‘Black Hermione’—and a Few Predictable Bigots // The Daily Beast

The announcement that a black actress was cast in the London stage play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was mostly celebrated. J.K. Rowling was ready for racist detractors.

Why do people flip out like this whenever a fictional character they love, who was, or was thought to be, white becomes some other race? Why do you care? How racist and hateful are you when you can’t even allow a fictional character to be black? By the way, Hermione’s skin color was never specified in the books.

P.S. Take a look at all black Harry Potter :)

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My wife is a lazy liar // SmithDeville

She acts as though teaching 24 kids, some with significant emotional problems, is more challenging than having a real job. Who does she think she’s kidding?

I might not be a teacher, but I do work for a school district and I work closely with the kids in a job that people think should be easy but turns out to be more time-consuming and emotionally draining than you can imagine.

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An Animated Lesson on Empathy – And Why It’s More Supportive Than Sympathy // Everyday Feminism

Sharing connection through empathy is essential for recognizing and addressing the suffering of marginalized groups. Next time you come across someone else’s experience with oppression, keep these lessons in mind, and you might be surprised by how helpful you can be.

Empathy is one of the greatest gifts one human can give to another. This video is an amazing explanation of how to give that gift.

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This is literally my first post in years // linʛuischtick

This is something that I’m sure a lot of people have noticed: there is a trend toward using the word “literally” in a sentence where the speaker is not actually being literal.

Language is a slippery thing and people have to learn to go with the flow. It’s easy to go around hating all these new words and usages, but you can’t stop it so you might as well learn to understand it.

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A Guide to Loving the Adult Child of an Addict // Good Men Project

I don’t trust you. I don’t trust anyone. I don’t even trust myself a lot of the time.

The actions of our parents have lasting, and sometimes lifelong, effects on us, especially when it comes to our relationships. It can be hard to love an adult child of an addict, but if you can find a way to make it work, it can be rewarding.

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Self-Care Tips For Folks Who Struggle With Codependency // Let’s Queer Things Up!

I’m not ashamed to say that codependency is something that I struggled with and, at times, still do.

Speaking of which, if you are the adult child of the addict remember that it is not always your partner’s job to make you feel better, you have to learn self-care strategies!

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What is Something // In a Nutshell

What is something? On the most fundamental level thinkable, what are things? Why are things? And why do things behave the way they do?

This video will blow…your…mind!

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50 Word Stories: The River // Richard Ankers

Living by a river fills one’s head with dreams.

I wish I lived by a river so my dreams could be carried away….

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Men Explain Lolita to Me // Lit Hub

It is a fact universally acknowledged that a woman in possession of an opinion must be in want of a correction.

Lolita is and always will be a controversial thing. Many people think they have to forget the plot to enjoy the book, or that to enjoy it is to condone the acts of the main character, but I disagree. The book is enjoyable because it is written well and in makes you think and feel so many different things.

I wonder though, what effect does this book have on the psyche of people who read it?

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Subconscious Sexism // THISIZAPEN

Keep challenging your own assumptions.

It important we make efforts to be constantly aware of where our own prejudices and biases lie and make changes accordingly.

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens has largest global opening ever // The Verge

AND IT HASN’T EVEN DEBUTED IN CHINA YET

So in case you haven’t heard Star Wars: The Force Awakens has blown every other movie out of the water. Whether you liked it or hated it you have to admit that is pretty amazing.

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Yolk // Ruby Brown

The yolk from the white, I try to separate the logic from the feeling.

Intense, raw, and real. The yolk and the white, logic and feeling, it can be hard to separate the two, but maybe we don’t always have to. Both are useful in their own way.

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2015 in 4 Minutes // Vox

Protests in Baltimore, a migrant crisis in Europe, the first Triple Crown winner in three decades, and stunning shots of Pluto. 2015 was a year to remember.

An emotional  look back on the good and the bad of 2015.

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And that’s it for this week. Have you read, watched, heard, or written an interesting thing this week? Has something made you think or feel strongly? If so, drop a link in the comments :)

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Hello! My name is Lisa. I find the human condition fascinating and I often write stuff about that. I blog at zenandpi.com but you can also find me on Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram, and if you like what I do, consider signing up for my newsletter. Thanks :)

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