Weekend Shut-In Worksheet: Read Roxane Gay’s Bad Feminist, Stream The New Sinead O’Connor & Make A Ricotta Grilled Cheese

Activities are wonderful, but sometimes, it’s fine to want to shut the world out for a couple of days, and make some serious time for you. Don’t be afraid of FOMO, either. There will always be another party, another pub crawl, another picnic. The time you’ll spend indulging in the things you want to do, alone, are well worth it. Here’s a handy list of awesome things to do this weekend!


  • We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche: An e-book version of Adiche’s TED talk is now for sale. Woot! – Jessica
  • Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay: Clearly, Jess and I are both in the mood to be feminist killjoys this weekend. But seriously, I expect great things from this book of essays from Roxane Gay, a writer I really admire and one of my favorite people to follow on Twitter (I especially love when she livetweets weekday afternoon episodes of “Barefoot Contessa”). In an interview with TIME, Gay described the book of essays (many previously published online) thusly: “When I started to look at this body of work I had created over the past several years, there was a common thread. How do we question the world we live in and question the popular culture that we consume while also admitting to our humanity and enjoying sometimes inappropriate things? And having inconsistent ideas? This is a manual on how to be a human.” YES PLEASE. – Amelia
  • Anger: Wisdom For Cooling The Flames by Thich Nhat Hanh: I’ve been talking to my therapist a lot about anger recently — my own, but also anger that people I’m close to are struggling with — and how, while it has its place, holding on to it only keeps you down. But letting go of anger is much easier said than done. She recommended this book. Says the description: “With exquisite simplicity, Buddhist monk and Vietnam refugee Thich Nhat Hanh gives tools and advice for transforming relationships, focusing energy, and rejuvenating those parts of ourselves that have been laid waste by anger.” I feel more peaceful already. – Amelia


  • “The Fall” (Netflix): What’s not to love about Gillian Anderson AND Mr. Christian Grey himself Jamie Dornan sharing the small screen? Their TV show “The Fall” about murder investigations by an Irish police department is newly screening on Netflix. – Jessica
  • “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” (in theaters): I don’t care what the reviews say, I was such a Ninja Turtle’s geek as a kid, I took karate and I practice with fake nunchucks for fun. Maybe I related to Michelangelo because I too was the youngest? Luckily, my hubby is also a shell head. We have a pizza and a movie date, how romantic. – Sophie


  • Sinead O’Connor, I’m Not Bossy, I’m The Boss: I’m a feminist and all, but I think it’s kind of weird to name your album after a catchphrase, including a catchphrase used by both Sheryl Sandberg and Beyonce. All that being said, I love Sinead O’Connor’s voice more than I feel meh about Lean In, so I’ll be listening to her latest record, which is streaming ahead of release on NPR. – Amelia



  • Panyl.com: If you’re still at the stage of your life where all your home goods come from IKEA (raises hand), check out this web site Panyl that sells colorful contact paper customized for different pieces of IKEA furniture. That boring white book case can now get funky turquoise chevron stripes! – Jessica
  • @NoToFeminism: This parody of those female foolios declaring all the reasons they don’t need feminism features such hilarious asides as “I don’t need fimenism because it’s hilarious when waiters automatically give the bill to my husband. his name is Bill!! funny every time lol” and “I don’t need fesimnim because I prefer old men to be in charge of my reproductive system it is comforting like putting on grandads cardigan.” – Amelia