Dear Wendy
Dear Wendy

Monday Links

Today, in honor of Martin Luther King’s birthday, school is out and though we are not spending the day in service to others (um, unless you count cooking and cleaning up after and entertaining my kids an act of service?), we are discussing King’s legacy and the civil rights movement with the kids. However you choose to acknowledge the day, whether you’re off from work or school or not, I hope you find some moments to reflect on the progress we’ve made in this county even though it hasn’t been a straight line and often feels painfully slow.

And here — since I neglected to post them on Friday — are a few things from around the web that may interest you:

The New York Times editorial board is breaking tradition by endorsing not one but two Democratic candidates for President (and they’re both women!!).

How Negativity Can Kill a Relationship

Almost no women regret having abortions 5 years later, according to a landmark study

The 30 Most Anticipated Books of 2020 (so Far)

Why Mothers’ Choices About Work and Family Often Feel Like No Choice at All

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 wendy@dearwendy.com and, if it’s a fit, I’ll include it in Friday’s round-up. Thanks!
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  • CanadaGoose January 20, 2020, 10:48 pm

    I have a hard time celebrating the legacies of recent-day heroes. They all seem to have been so terribly flawed. Of course, we are all flawed but in this age where people’s careers are torn apart by #MeToo infractions, it’s hard to canonize MLK – who not only repeatedly cheated on his wife, he hired prostitutes and then beat them. He’s credited as a Dr. but plagiarized his dissertation and if he’d lived, his PhD would likely have been taken away. That doesn’t mean his civil rights work was less valid – or does it? He didn’t care so much for women’s rights. I think perhaps MLK day should be replaced by Rosa Parks day.

    Ghandi was no better, forcing young girls to sleep in his bed to “test” himself to see if he could refrain from raping them, essentially. He refused to let his wife take life-saving medication but took it when he got sick because “God” told him his family had suffered enough death. “Be the change” indeed.

    Mother Theresa liked to see poor people suffer. She felt it made them closer to God. I know someone who worked for her in one of her missions and quit, calling her a sadistic bitch. Now, she’s a saint.

    Apologies for raining on parades, but I have to wonder, if it’s verboten to still like Kevin Spacey’s art because of what he did, why is MLK so celebrated when there are other civil rights pioneers who helped change the world without beating other people up?

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