Folks, here’s a fun fact: I’m currently in the midst of serving jury duty. I don’t know if I’m even allowed to say that, (Is this government watching me type this?!), but there you have it. What I’ve learned about jury duty, is that it’s insanely long. Like, the hours you normally spend happily living life, somehow stretch off and into a cement-walled eternity.
All that being said, it’s given me plenty of time to catch up on some READING. And this week has definitely seen its fair share of great reads:
- Joe Jonas wrote a piece with the help of some Vulture staff about what it’s really like to be a Jonas Brother. He talks about sex, that pesky promise ring, and all of his fellow Disney kids. Here’s a quote I enjoyed:
“The first time I smoked weed was with Demi and Miley. I must have been 17 or 18. They kept saying, “Try it! Try it!” so I gave it a shot, and it was all right. I don’t even smoke weed that often anymore…”
- Rape culture is becoming talked about more and more now. And a lot of women have been coming forward to speak out about their experiences with sexual assault. BuzzFeed’s Jessica Testa wrote a piece about exactly WHY they are starting to do this. She has interviews with some of the women you might recognize from news stories, and gets down to the reasons why they’ve decided to tell their story. It’s an incredibly empowering story.
- Have you heard of pug shaming? I laughed until I was literally weeping with tears of joy. You’re welcome.
- Jessie Rosen’s article about things she still can’t do at the age of 30 made me feel better, and it also made me laugh.
- Here’s an insane story we all should be reading about: An Italian immigrant in the UK was pregnant, and the UK decided to take her baby from her by means of an involuntary c-section. It has been 15 months since her baby was taken, and she still hasn’t been able to even address the idea of getting custody back. It’s an insane human rights story.
- Mental Floss’s holiday gift guide is organized by what type of person you’re shopping for. (e.g.Booklovers, neat freaks, and foodies.) As someone who will be doing all of their shopping online, all I have to say about this is GOD IS GOOD.