Welcome to one of many librarian blogs on the Internet! My name is Melina and I will be evaluating youth literature and digital media. Entries will factor in Quantitative reading levels and Content Standards. Entries consider Common Core Standards, California Content Standards, AASL, and Model School Standards. Quantitative Reading Levels are determined using Read- Ability Score.com (text) and the Readability Test Tool (Website). Enjoy!!

This blog may also feature some humour, people first advocacy, and plant based nutrition tidbits. Librarians are eclectic types. Party on.

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Don’t think that if we’re all good girls, if we’re properly meek, if we don’t provoke our men, we’ll be safe. Good girls get hurt all the time.

We are not the problem.

I refuse to quietly accept that there is one set of rules for how men live and another set of rules for how women live. And still, at night in a dark parking lot, I will walk to my car with my keys splayed between my fingers like blades. Ain’t that some shit?

Degas’ photographs of his ballerinas

We live in a society that’s sexist in ways it doesn’t understand. One of the consequences is that men are extremely sensitive to being criticized by women. I think it threatens them in a very primal way, and male privilege makes them feel free to lash out.

This is why women are socialized to carefully dance around these issues, disagreeing with men in an extremely gentle manner. Not because women are nicer creatures than men. But because our very survival can depend on it.

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No skin thick enough: The daily harassment of women in the game industry

The whole article sadly hits very close to home.

(via rosalarian)

Nina Simone - Summertime

I read for pleasure and that is the moment I learn the most.
- Margaret Atwood (via observando)