With Such Words
if you aren't a hypocrite, your moral standards aren't high enough
weekend reading 
21st-Nov-2014 08:11 pm
talibusorabat: Rarely pure & never simple (DS9: Never simple)
As usual, I have no idea how to cut this list down. I feel like I should aim for themes or something sensible. Or read less. That could also work.

Social Issues

The Girls Left Behind
Each moment feels like an attempt to have a tragic ending without having the companion die. But in some ways, it’s a worse ending than if they did die. Characters like Danny get to leave the show by heroically acting to take down the bad guys, sacrificing themselves in the process. They don’t simply get left. But with characters like Clara, our final glimpse is one of sadness and powerlessness. If they do get a say in their own conclusion, it’s quiet, unremarked-upon self-sacrifice — the decision to go quietly, rather than the decision to go down in a blaze of glory.

Taylor Swift and the history of calling women 'crazy'
Wired’s Kathy Sierra agrees with Yahr that the trolls will always win, but as Taylor Swift shows, it’s not about coming out on top. It’s about not letting anyone bully you into being silent. For as long as time and the Internet have existed, there’s been a reason to dismiss and invalidate women, who have every reason to quit that culture and log off. (A policy of disengagement has certainly worked for Tina Fey.) But there’s a power in fighting back, whether it’s releasing a music video to call bullshit on sexism or being open about your experiences with cyberbullying and your path to self-acceptance. If you have to be gaslighted every day of your life, it’s better not to go quietly. Just ask Zelda Fitzgerald.

The empress’s old clothes: who are women dressing for, anyway?
The strongest section of the show addresses the quagmire that a powerful woman in a man’s world has to navigate every morning. The 26 women who have contributed an outfit are from very different backgrounds and cultures but many face the same struggle: finding the Goldilocks point of fitted but not too fitted, feminine but not too feminine, attractive without being overtly sexual. Little wonder that so many, when they find a formula, stick to it rigidly – in the fairground mirror logic of fashion, if you wear the same type of clothes long enough, it goes through frumpy and out the other side into a signature style. (Cue a picture of the Queen in black heels and a block-colour coat, with matching hat and bag.)

Heroes, Martyrs, And Myths: The Battle For The Rights Of Transgender Athletes
Rogan's assertions about bone density, being "built different," and so on have no basis in science. As Dr. Vilain and other medical professionals have stated, hormone replacement therapy has a way of adjusting bone density, muscle mass, and eroding other advantages trans athletes may have. Sadly, the world seems far more interested to hear what a washed up stand-up comedian has to say than actual medical professionals, or sports governing bodies like the IOC and NCAA that have studied these issues.

The Problem with Katrina
It’s hard to put into words how horrific this trope is, especially since most of the notes I made during the episode are just capslocks and swearing. But let’s try. It steals a female character’s agency and bodily autonomy. It metaphorically rapes female characters without that element ever really being addressed. It puts a supernatural horror spin on the genuine fear of unwanted pregnancy, but takes away any chance for the female character to fight it herself, leaving her helpless. It turns the female character’s biology against her, physically forcing her deeper into the helpless damsel role. And it’s sickening to watch.

Why the police shouldn’t be allowed to search your smartphone without a warrant
A badge shouldn’t make it easier to steal private photographs. Let’s hope that the court’s ruling leads to meaningful change and that other judges won’t continue to undermine it by saying that asking someone to unlock a phone is the same as requesting a handwriting sample. It’s not. And anyone wondering why just needs to consider these women and the fact that a handwriting sample doesn’t lead to someone’s nude photographs being taken and shared with other officers.

The gay people pushed to change their gender
Iran is one of a handful of countries where homosexual acts are punishable by death. Clerics do, however accept the idea that a person may be trapped in a body of the wrong sex. So homosexuals can be pushed into having gender reassignment surgery - and to avoid it many flee the country.

Why Schools Can’t Teach Sex Ed in the Internet Age
While many parents think that explaining the consequences of sending out explicit images will get teens to stop, they may be missing the point. There’s a pressure that people feel to send a sext as a digital currency of trust, says Emily Weinstein a Harvard University doctoral student who collected the texts above from an online forum run by MTV, for a study on the digital stress of adolescence. It’s a way to say to someone, here is a thing that could destroy me, I trust that you won’t use it.

Iris Allen, Laurel Lance and Lois Lane Syndrome
And then to add insult to injury, to keep the drama going, they have to introduce a competing love interest for her. But of course, she can’t completely give up on Barry or Olly or Clark, so… we get to see her Friend Zone our hero instead, making us like her EVEN LESS. Yes, the Friend Zone doesn’t exist, etc. But this seemingly callous treatment becomes one more strike against her as a character, making us dislike her even more. And again: all of her behavior makes perfect sense from her perspective. We’re being taught to hate her for acting in a manner that would be completely reasonable and understandable from anyone else.

Yes, It’s Still A Creeper Move if Brad Pitt Does It
Creepy behavior has nothing to do with objective hotness and everything to do with where somebody chooses to set their boundaries. And that’s what people seem to not understand: boundaries aren’t fixed and universal, they’re flexible. We have one set of boundaries for strangers and another one for intimates. Close friends are allowed more leeway than acquaintances or coworkers and nobody blinks twice. So why, exactly, should we be surprised that we choose to allow people we might want to get naked with to get closer and act in ways that might make us crawl out of our skin if someone else did them? Even among friends, different people have different levels of permissible contact. Some friends might have ass-slapping or boob-honking privileges; others emphatically do not. Is it fair to the friends who don’t have ass privileges?

The Cosby Show
A defense of Cosby requires that one believe that several women have decided to publicly accuse one of the most powerful men in recent Hollywood history of a crime they have no hope of seeing prosecuted, and for which they are seeking no damages. The alternative is to see one of the most celebrated public fathers of our time, and one of the great public scourges of black morality, revealed as a serial rapist.

Female teachers: The sex offenders no one suspects
When a male is a victim of a female, society doesn’t take it as seriously, says Robert Shoop, a professor of education law at Kansas State University and an internationally recognized expert on sexual harassment and abuse prevention in schools. A male having sex with a minor child is recognized as a horror, which of course it is, he says. But in cases where a female had sex with a minor boy, there have been many examples of judges saying, ‘Where’s the harm here? He bragged to his friends about it, how could he be hurt?’ Judges tend to reflect community values, says Shoop, and generally [in the U.S.] judges are over 50 and male. One of those values, he says, is that women are powerless and need to be protected from sex-addled males, whatever their age.

Whites See Blacks as Superhuman
Whatever the causes of the superhuman stereotypes and magical tropes, they appear to have real-world effects. The authors of the PLOS ONE paper write that their findings on pain attribution could explain the fact that black hospital patients receive less pain medication than whites do. The assumption of less pain and greater strength could also lead to support for police brutality against blacks. Waytz points to depictions of Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, and other black teenagers killed while unarmed. You hear these stories of virtually superhuman black males charging toward the police officer or posing a larger than life physical threat, he says. Police say they have no choice but to shoot. In the new paper they suggest that the superhuman bias could explain why black juveniles are judged more culpable for crimes than whites. They’re seen as more capable, more adult, and more responsible for their actions. For an articulation of this view, refer to what Ron Paul wrote in a 1992 newsletter: We don’t think a child of thirteen should be held responsible as a man of twenty-three. That’s true for most people, but black males age thirteen who have been raised on the streets and who have joined criminal gangs are as big, strong, tough, scary and culpable as any adult and should be treated as such.

Accused Men Say The System Hurting College Sexual Assault Survivors Fails Them Too
The three men who spoke to BuzzFeed News said they understand it’s hard to pity students at the most elite schools in the country who appear as if they are refusing to face the consequences of their actions. They also say that their grievances aren’t as much with their accusers as they are with the schools. In fact, these men are demanding some of the same reforms as survivor advocates: impartial and trained hearing boards, consistently enforced policies, and a clear understanding of their rights.

Stop Trying to Save the World Big ideas are destroying international development
The repeated success, scale, fail experience of the last 20 years of development practice suggests something super boring: Development projects thrive or tank according to the specific dynamics of the place in which they’re applied. It’s not that you test something in one place, then scale it up to 50. It’s that you test it in one place, then test it in another, then another. No one will ever be invited to explain that in a TED talk.

Transgender military members are in a precarious position
Thousands of men and women serving in the U.S. military are in such precarious positions, caught in the gap between shifting cultural mores and military regulations that still require the immediate dismissal of any service member found to be transgender.

Not All Nerds
The conflation of whites and Asians uses diversity to dramatize a crisis of diversity. When we hear repeated that Facebook, Google, and LinkedIn are 91 percent white and Asian, be warned that Asians are being used as human shields. When it comes to leadership positions, there is no white and Asian problem. There, it’s a white and male problem. Where Asians are overrepresented is in tech positions. Whites lead, Asians code. Solnit has been absolutely correct in her insistence on the parallel between Silicon Valley and the Gold Rush era. Then, as now, California profits off coolie labor.


Depression Could Finally Get As Much Biomedical Attention As Cancer
So why has depression not garnered the same scientific resources and attention as cancer? And had it done so, where would understanding of this disorder stand now? Nature put these questions to researchers. Although many said that extra money would have solved some challenges earlier, the technology needed to crack others — by probing the brain and analysing its circuits, for example — is only now emerging. But some scientists hope that a recent explosion of interest in brain studies will at last push mental-health research into a different league. Cancer's a great inspiration: they've had a lot of investment and they've made big breakthroughs, says Foley. There's no reason why we can't see the same things in depression.

The Positive Emotional Impact of Sad Music
At the same time, music-evoked sadness has pleasurable effects due to the engagement of imaginative processes, they add. The realization that unhappiness can be expressed—and perhaps even transcended—through creativity is stimulating; it points to a pathway out of the pain.

New Study Strengthens the Idea That Sexuality Is Influenced by Genetics - Mr. DNA would be so proud.
But whether the study is incontrovertible proof or not, the fact that they found something to go on should help future research into the topic and hopefully some day lead to a better understanding that sexual orientation is not a choice. That’s what Dr. Chad Zawitz, a medial doctor and study participant, is hoping. He told Tanner, [Being Gay] is sort of like having certain eye color or skin color—it’s just who you are. Most heterosexuals I know didn’t choose to be heterosexual. It’s puzzling to me why people don’t understand.

How Your Brain Decides Without You
None of which bodes well for the idea that policy or other debates can be solved by simply giving people accurate information. As research by Yale University law and psychology professor Dan Kahan has suggested, polarization does not happen with debates like climate change because one side is thinking more analytically, while the other wallows in unreasoned ignorance or heuristic biases.9 Rather, those subjects who tested highest on measures like cognitive reflection and scientific literacy were also most likely to display what he calls ideologically motivated cognition. They were paying the most attention, seeing the duck they knew was there.

How to Buy Food: The Psychology of the Supermarket
Notice how the cheapest, generic boxes and cans tend to be on the lowest shelves? Most people think of themselves as the kind of go-getters who’d be fine with stooping a little rather than essentially paying the market an extra dollar not to have to bend their knees—but decades of research suggest otherwise. You pay more for items that are within easy reach.

Fooled By Your Own Brain
Attention is, by definition, limited. And that’s usually a good thing. If you’re searching for a lost earring on the floor, you want to ignore anything that’s not small and shiny. When talking to someone at a party, your mind helpfully tunes out all of the other voices prattling on around you. Sometimes, though, our exquisite attentional machinery can give us a warped version of reality

Life Advice

Make Room for Your Passion, Even If It Can't Be Your Job
Whatever you are passionate about, find a place for it in your life. For me, at least, one of the big reasons for working is so that I can secure space in my life for the things I'm passionate about. I work to live, not live to work. Maybe you can find a place for that passion through your primary job or your career path. Perhaps you can find a way to get there in a parallel fashion by finding ways to share it in your spare time.

Ask Dr. NerdLove: Should I Break Up With My Friend?
And what you need to do – to borrow a line from NerdLove spiritual patronus Dan Savage – is dump the motherfucker already. Yes, you can dump your friends, and in this case you totally need to. This guy is so toxic, we should change his name to Iocane Powder. I mean, the fact that he makes you miserable and drains the life away from you is really all the reason you need to ditch him; life is too short to spend it with people who make you miserable (although they make it seem long as hell…) But right now you’re hemming and hawwing because you’re falling victim to a mindset that society has drilled into so many women: you’re putting his possible discomfort at being dumped over the actual misery he’s causing you.

What Couples Can Learn From Gomez and Morticia Addams
But look at Gomez and Morticia and you see another way of seeing things. After all, it’s clear that neither of them see maintaining their relationship as work… but at the same time, it’s not effortless either. That’s because they don’t see it as work; they see putting the effort into maintaining their relationship as an investment. It’s not a job as much as it is a garden – something that yes, does needs tending, but the results make the work all worthwhile. And more importantly, the tending of that garden is often satisfying in and of itself.

24th-Nov-2014 01:11 pm (UTC)
talibusorabat: An animated older woman giving a "wtf?" shrug (Avatar: Korra da fuck?)
For some reason, they all had double quotation marks around the URL. Will have to figure out how that happened. Thanks for the heads up and 'tis fixed!
24th-Nov-2014 04:43 pm (UTC)
possibilityleft: (Default)
You're welcome!

Sorry about the abruptness of the first comment, I did sort out and read some of your links and they were cool!
24th-Nov-2014 07:41 pm (UTC)
talibusorabat: Crystal Kay wears blue headphones and looks mischievous (Music: Crystal Kay mischief)
Pfft, no worries — I appreciated the alert. :) Still can't figure out how it happened, though. @_@
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