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Sunday Scraps 47

1. HOLLYWOOD: Grantland‘s Mark Harris explores the complexities of black actresses exclusively getting Oscar nominations for playing maids.

2. CALVIN: From BookRiot, 16 things that Calvin and Hobbes say better than anyone else. Includes “You know, Hobbes, some days even my lucky rocket ship underpants don’t help.”

3. DIET: In an extreme example of the conflation of skinny with healthy, a teenage girl endangers her health with an all-nugget diet. Don’t worry though, she was still thin! Ragen Chastain at iVillage explains where we went wrong.

4. LEGO: More on Legos, I know, enough already! Except I can’t help myself… Anita Sarkeesian at Feminist Frequency is just too damn articulate to pass up! In a tw0-parter, she explains the history of Legos and gender.

5. BOOKS: I love the stuff that science can figure out these days. The latest in the list of SUPER IMPORTANT DISCOVERIES is pinpointing exactly what old books smell like.

6. ART: Italian artist Anna Utopia Giordano has taken a digital scalpel to famous works of art to see what impact traditional photoshopping would have on Venus de Milo. What happens when you apply modern beauty standards to the knockouts of the Renaissance?

Related Post: Pro-lifeers + Planned Parenthood, Disney medley, inside a whale…. Sunday 46!

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Sunday Scraps 46

1. DISNEY: The most epic Disney a capella medley ever. Costume changes included. Prepare yourself, it’s seven minutes long.

2. TAPE: Artist Max Zorn uses only brown packing tape and a scalpel to make these images.

3. TECH: Geek out with me over this sweet graph tracking browser usage. Watch the life and death of AOL, the rise of Mozilla, and ridiculous longevity of Internet Explorer.

4. SAVAGE: Dan Savage + Ira Glass. Done and done.

5. WHALES: Salon has a fascinating look at the history and veracity of the man-in-whale folklore. Is it possible to come out the other side, as so many myths would suggest?

6. CHOICE: Really excellent essay about why pro-life advocate John Saveland supports Planned Parenthood. Imagine how much further this conversation could go if everyone employed such rationality and logic!

Related Post: Sunday 45: Peggy Orenstin, Tim Gunn, and Loving family photos.

Related Post: Sunday 44: Tween feminists, booty call rules, Margaret Cho


Filed under Art, Politics, Really Good Writing by Other People, Sex

Bill Nye on Institutionalized Ignorance

Everyone can relax, Bill Nye is here, and he speaks the truth. We’re in good hands.

When did Disney go from amazing be-wigged science geekery like this

to a line-up of shows featuring interchangable tweens who fill in for each other between trips to rehab?

I can feel myself slipping into the crotchety “back in my day…” voice, but seriously, back in my day was pretty great. Do they still make educational programming, something along the lines of Bill Nye or Wishbone, and I’m just too old and crotchety to know about it? Or has that gone the way of the dodo, replaced by all things besparkled, beglittered, and beprincessed?

Related Post: The Miss USA contestants get “knowledged.”

Related Post: Why am I afraid of math?

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Sunday Scraps 36

1. HAIR: I love this essay on Jezebel by Autumn Whitefield about the social and personal implications of short hair on women. Maybe, as she suggests, the expressed male preference for long hair comes from conditioning, not from some sort of inherently biological attraction.

2. WRITING: Gaby Dunn (100 Interviews) explains some of the nitty-gritty, behind-the-scenes of trying to make a name and a living from blogging. Apparently, it’s not as easy as she makes it seem.

3. CHALLENGE: Best of luck.

4. ENVOY: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton named Ellen DeGeneres as a special envoy for global AIDS awareness. Not sure what a special envoy does, but I love these two ladies, so who cares.

5. INK: New York Times has a gallery of science-related tattoos. I happen to know a gentleman with the chemical structure of seratonin on his arm, and another with an anatomically correct skull of a T-rex. Beautiful and educational.

6. WEDDED BLISS: Fun piece from The Frisky about non-traditional engagements involving Jim Beam and mixed feelings on wearing $1,000 diamonds on your finger.

Related Post: Sunday 35 = Lady boxers, Louis vs. Rick, Magic Johnson and more.

Related Post: Sunday 34 = The Phantom Tollbooth, beluga births, race in Hollywood casting.


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Sunday Scraps 27

1.TECH: A comic at Funny Junk demonstrates why we spend so much time on line in a few quick frames.

2. KARDASHIAN: I love This is Indexed for this very concise explanation of the Kardashians’ effect on society.

3. TODDLER: I think the title captures the essence: “Approximately 3 Minutes Inside the Head of my 2-Year-Old”, from Jason Good 365.

4. SENDAK: Remember Maurice Sendak? Where the Wild Things Are? He has a new story out about a pig named Bumble-Ardy. Here’s an interview he did with the Paris Review.

5. BOOKS: A visual history of how we consume the written word, from the New York Times.

6. RISK!: Ever wonder what it means when scientific studies talk about your “risk!!!!!” for certain diseases? The Boston Globe breaks down the lingo and explains how eating chocolate “lowers your risk” for heart disease.

Related Post: Sunday 26 = high heels, lesbians, reality TV, community college placement testing

Related Post: Sunday 25 = presidential venn diagrams, people as canvases, “slut” and yoga.


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Why Am I Afraid of Math?

Third week in a row of sex-less Good Men Project pieces. Don’t worry, I’ve got my eye on some sex-heavy topics for the near future. In the meantime, however, I’m writing about math and science and gender. Specifically, why am I so afraid of math? Why have I never taken calculus? Why does a new job description make me a little anxious? Oh yeah… and there’s some stuff about Barbie, Forever 21 and JCPenny, too:

Related Post: There’s something called the “math self-concept” and American girls don’t have it.

Related Post: A practical guide for buying toys for girls. Bustiers? No. Miniskirts? No.


Filed under Education, Family, Gender, Republished!

Getting “Knowledged” About Evolution

Here is a video of beauty queens answering the question, “Should evolution be taught in schools?” You’d think fifteen minutes would be too long,….and you’d be right. It’ll be the longest fucking fifteen minutes of your life, but I dare you to try to look away. Each new contestant will fade in and you’ll hope, maybe even pray (if that’s your thing), to hear something coherent. You’ll feel your standards melting away and you’ll start to feel like every time one of them deigns to even speak the word “evolution” you’ve somehow won. You haven’t. We’re all losing.

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Vermont is the only one I actually fist-pumped for, and mostly because she used the word “bacteria” in a beauty pageant interview. These videos are via Sociological Images, which also has some commentary on the evolution (heh) of the “both sides of the story” rhetoric.

Lest that dark cloud of brainwashing ruin your day, somebody made an outstanding 2 minute parody video answering the question, “Should math be taught in schools?” Vermont is, yet again, my favorite.

Do we even know what the square root of 16 is? WHO CAN BE SURE.

Related Post: Here’s one reason girls don’t like math. I can think of lots more.

Related Post: A YouTube series that will make you piss your pants in mirth instead of fear.


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