It’s December, which means that silly season is officially upon us. Thank goodness, then, for Alabama student Kelsey who dressed up as a Christmas tree - for every single lecture. Oh, and the scientists who think they’ve found one of Santa’s bones. We discuss Christmas in all it’s technicolour madness, and whether or not it’s really anything to do with religion anymore.
Also today, the hashtagged social trend of 'women spreading’ (Pandora prefers ‘fem spreading’ but also acknowledges that it sounds a little too like margarine for your vag.) Is women spreading a symbolic riposte to man spreading? Or, is it a gimmick confined to Instagram? We talk activism in it various guises. Either way, Dolly won’t be getting her gusset out on the tube this December. Sorry lads.
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This week, we are reading, listening and watching:
Demi-Gods by Eliza Robertson https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33414010-demi-gods
Friends From College, on Netflix https://www.netflix.com/title/80117485
Internetting with Amanda Hess for The New York Times: The White Internet’s Love Affair With Digital Blackface Is https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/11/28/arts/internetting-with-amanda-hess.html
Eva Wiseman interviews Graham Norton for The Observer magazine https://www.theguardian.com/global/2017/dec/03/graham-norton-the-bbc-dont-defend-themselves-robustly-enough-
Sarfraz Manzoor on Muslim foster parents for The Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/dec/03/muslim-foster-parents-it-has-been-such-a-blessing
The Marvelous Mrs Maisel:
India Knight's Sunday Times Magazine column on the joy of a drink at Christmas:
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