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Friday Links

Here are a few things from around the web that may interest you:

Kristen Roupenian, the writer of “Cat Person,” the short story in the New Yorker about an uncomfortable sexual encounter that went viral last year and became something of a cultural lightning rod, has a new book coming out in a few days. The Cut has an interview with her, in which she discusses the book, becoming an overnight viral sensation, and how the cultural conversation around #metoo has impacted her.

It seems that older women, long invisible or shunted aside, are experiencing an unfamiliar sensation: power. “I Am (an Older) Woman. Hear Me Roar.”

I met my boyfriend 12 years after giving birth to his child

Sex comes before romance in modern relationships: Physical intimacy now kick starts emotional bonding, psychologists claim

I love this Modern Love essay: Tracking the Demise of My Marriage on Google Maps

The Weight I Carry: What it’s like to be too big in America

Knock Knock. Who’s There? Kids. Kids Who? Kids Tell Terrible Jokes.

If you have a preschooler at home, you have no doubt heard “Baby Shark” a hundred times, if not more. This week, the song debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 chart at No. 32, and at least one person thinks listening to this song may give you “a brief invitation to unaccountable happiness, in a terrible and ugly and often sad world.” I’m sure plenty of parents out there might disagree with that sentiment though… (for the record, I like the song. But not more than three times in a row).

Thank you to those who submitted links for me to include. If you see something around the web you think DW readers would appreciate, please send me a link to [email protected] and, if it’s a fit, I’ll include it in Friday’s round-up. Thanks!

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    TaraMonster January 11, 2019, 1:50 pm

    Wow to the article about the woman who’s now dating her sperm donor! And lives with him and their kid. Holy moly. Part of me finds it really heartwarming while the other part of me thinks it all sounds really intense and a little bonkers and makes me worry about the impact it’ll have on that kid if it all blows up. But I’m even more sad for her that her sister is being kept away from her by her mom’s ex. That’s just so cruel. My best friend’s cousin and her wife divorced a few years ago. The wife cut off all contact with their daughter since she wasn’t the bio mom, and it is so hard on the little girl. It makes steam come out of my ears if I think about it too much actually. Idk how anyone can discard a child like that. Smh.

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    Bittergaymark January 11, 2019, 2:24 pm

    Yeah, that is one whacky story. The ex is definitely NOT mother of the year. Just a horrible person all around, it seems….
    This is an odd turn of events. Honestly? I don’t quite know what to make of it.

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  • alafair January 11, 2019, 6:49 pm

    I read that one about the sperm donor and I’m just flabbergasted. Such an odd story. And the ex is definitely not a great mom, severing bonds for both of her girls like that. Entirely too often when adults screw stuff up, it’s the kids who pay.

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