Last week BuzzFeed reported that backers of Rep. Steve Southerland had thrown the Florida Republican a men-only fundraiser earlier this year. The invitation came complete with instructions that attendees should “tell the missus not to wait up” because “the after dinner whiskey and cigars will be smooth and the issues to discuss are many.” …
"Today, 89 percent of House Republicans are white men, compared to just 47 percent of House Democrats. For some context, according to 2013 Census estimates just 31 percent of U.S. residents are non-Hispanic white males."
How one eccentric scientist’s estimate became the most famous “fact” about the microbiome.
"There’s only one problem: The oft-cited 10-to-1 figure is almost certainly inaccurate. It’s a crude estimate from 1972 that established itself as a fact through repetition and generations of citations. As such, it reveals the staying power of convenient falsehoods—and how an obscure scientist who left a peculiar legacy has been cited by top researchers for decades."
When a number gets repeated, even just a little, it quickly transforms into fact. What should the thermometer read in a healthy human body? How many cups of water should you drink in a day?
Kyle Chayka: Ditch the briefcase. Don’t call it a ‘murse’. And don’t you dare call it ‘gay’. Totes are the bags we have been waiting for
Elements of this article that might turn into a test question:
- "Why every real man carries a tote bag." Real men huh…
- “Don’t call it a ‘murse’. And don’t you dare call it ‘gay’. ” Gender and sexuality, together again…
- "part from convenient storage, the tote bag can function in the city as a similar kind of social semaphore to cars in the suburbs, signaling who you are, where you’ve been…" Consumer identity as the only identity?
- Oh yeah, and let’s talk about why we shouldn’t call it a murse? What’s happening with language here, and what’s implied by this particular stance?
The release of films featuring dogs can influence the popularity of certain breeds for up to 10 years
But we’re not influenced by the media, of course not, don’t be silly…
Sodium has long been labeled the blood-pressure bogeyman. But are we giving salt a fair shake? A new study published in the American Journal of…
Spoiler alert: no, no it was not.
Let’s talk about the foods that scare Americans…and why
Psychologists have found that people’s belief in a just world helps explain how they react to innocent victims of negative life circumstances. People become cognitively frustrated when presented with stories of victims who suffer through little fault of their own. They can deal with this frustration in two ways: they can conclude that the world is an unjust place, or they can decide that the victim is somehow to blame. Most people reconcile their psychological distress by blaming the victim. Even when we know that suffering is undeserved, it is psychologically easier to blame the victim rather than give up the idea that the world is basically fair.
Whether achieved through law and social policy, as in this and other industrialized countries, or by way of tribal practice and religious ritual, as in older cultures, an individual woman’s body was far more subject to other people’s rules than was that of her male counterpart. Women always seemed to be owned to some degree as the means of reproduction. And as possessions, women’s bodies then became symbols of men’s status, with a value that was often determined by what was rare. Thus, rich cultures valued thin women, and poor cultures valued fat women. Yet all patriarchal cultures valued weakness in women. How else could male dominance survive? In my own country, for example, women who “belong” to rich white men are often thinner (as in “You can never be too rich or too thin”) than those who “belong” to poor men of color; yet those very different groups of males tend to come together in their belief that women are supposed to be weaker than men; that muscles and strength aren’t “feminine.”
Above all we must avoid postulating “society” again as an abstraction vis-à-vis the individual. The individual is the social being.