The Workday Reading: April 8, 2015

Apr 8, 2015

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1) Tammy Darvish was the face of the family business, DarCars.  She worked her tail off building the company, and then, she was pushed aside because she was a daughter, not a son.

2) This turquoise tassel necklace is the perfect summer accessory for jazzing up sundresses, sheaths, or simple tees.

3) The 20 Best-Selling Albums of All Time.

4) My new beauty purchases include Coola’s Clear Recovery Wash, which purports to diminish age spots.  I also bought this It Cosmetics mascara with a unique brush shape.  Reviews forthcoming.

5) If you were obsessed with the Serial podcast, the foundation supporting Adnan Syed is creating a follow-up.  It just won’t be the same without Sarah Koenig.

6) This Anne Klein roll neck dress is pure Audrey Hepburn.

7) John Oliver is killing it on Last Week Tonight.  On his last episode, he scored an interview with Edward Snowden.  His way of explaining the NSA’s foreign surveillance program is…unique, but it works.

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  1. Anna says:

    I take it you can’t really wear a blazer with that pink dress? Is there some way to make it work friendly? It’s absolutely gorgeous.

  2. AJ says:

    Love that quote!

  3. Sharon says:

    Wow, that piece about Tammy Darvish really ignited some passion in me. What a way to be ousted from her company! It’s bad enough if that happened to a regular employee, but for it to be with “family” makes it all the worse. Thanks for sharing.

    • SN says:

      Maddening. This is largely about cultural expectations for each gender. I am Indian, and East of Europe the patriarchy rules. Sons are more valued than daughters, even if they are talentless compared to their sisters, as appears to be the case here. I think Tammy Darvish should have told her father where to go years ago, but girls are programmed to put paternal authority first. I hope she wins her suit. Her father is a complete asshole, but sadly, men like this are all too common.

      • SN says:

        There are several other tropes going on in the Tammy Darvish story-first wife’s kids versus second wife’s kids. Loyalty to the joint family above all else, certainly personal preferences like getting married. All are explored extensively in Indian soap operas and a horrifying picture it is. I would suggest hitting them where it hurts and buying your cars elsewhere.

        • Belle says:

          I imagine that if she were a boy, the 1st family vs. 2nd family wouldn’t matter at all, and getting married would have been no problem. I’m guessing he stopped the wedding because he didn’t want to lose control of her.

          • Anon says:

            Right? I think the real victory for her here is that she courageously stood up for herself.

          • SN says:

            Exactly. I suspect the surface cordiality of family relationships conceals a great deal of underhand intrigue in the traditional style. Possession is nine tenths of the law and the second wife was there on the ground to assert her children’s “rights”.

  4. Emily says:

    That John Oliver segment is amazing. Hopefully that segment will get the issue some press…and shares on social media.

    • Jennifer D says:

      Emily – You can “Like” John Oliver on Facebook, so clips will show up on your feed. You’ll just have to sort through all the other unsolicited entries first 🙁 Jennifer

  5. Jennifer D says:

    I saw the John Oliver piece last night. He has a pretty exceptional take on breaking down and explaining complicated policy issues to a lay audience (e.g., net neutrality, affordable care act). He did the same thing with how the various government surveillance programs work, but man, that interview was super edited. It was just so easy to see where all the cutaways were – I hope Ed Snowden was more amused than he appeared on camera 🙂 I felt semi-informed already since I saw Citizenfour last week – recommend, BTW.

  6. Jennifer D says:

    And we’ll all get more Ed Snowden in the future as Oliver Stone is making a movie titled . . . “Snowden”. Joseph Gordon Levitt stars as Ed. Not my first choice on looks; on the other hand, Jesse Eisenberg seemed to sufficiently channel Mark Zuckerberg in The Social Network (just my opinion).

  7. Tess says:

    Tammy Darvish used to consult for my old company and I have to say working with her was a great experience. She was always professional, and I was impressed that she was essentially running the family company. It’s so sad to hear that her efforts weren’t appreciated.

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