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Sex, Lies, and Separating Science From Ideology - Alice Dreger - The Atlantic
"Margaret Mead saw in Samoa the possibility of loosening social strictures on sexuality -- something she suggested could lead to more pleasure, and less pain and suffering. She and her work were attacked and discredited, but nearly a century later, questions of the motives and integrity of her dissenters remain relevant."
anthropology  gender  feminism  sex  scholarship  motivation  ideology  ethnography 
february 2013 by tsuomela
The Mumpsimus: Game, Life, Class
"By now, you've probably seen John Scalzi's post "Straight White Male: The Lowest Difficulty Setting There Is" (and perhaps John's amusing commentary on deleted comments and follow-up post in response to some responses).

My post here is simply to point you toward three responses among the many, many, many that the post has drawn. Excerpts are here merely to entice you to read more, not to suggest that they are the only things you need to read from these excellent writers."
race  gender  sex  privilege  power  life  from delicious
june 2012 by tsuomela
Reproductive Rights and the Long Hand of Slave Breeding | The Nation
"Bridgewater argues that because slavery depended on the slaveholder’s right to control the bodies and reproductive capacities of enslaved women, coerced reproduction was as basic to the institution as forced labor. At the very least it qualifies among those badges and incidents, certainly as much as the inability to make contracts. Therefore, sexual and reproductive freedom is not simply a matter of privacy
feminism  slave  history  reproduction  sex  gender  american-studies  from delicious
april 2012 by tsuomela
Shanghai Scrap » Unnatural Selection: Missing Girls, Abortion, and the Perversion of Choice
"Skewed sex ratios at birth are now found in many countries with no tradition of infanticide and no one-child policy. By and large, the gap is the result of sex selective abortion."
abortion  unintended-consequences  population  technology  technology-effects  country(China)  gender  sex  from delicious
september 2011 by tsuomela
Perverted Justice - Reason Magazine
"Sex offender laws represent the triumph of outrage over reason."
law  justice  sex  outrage  anger  punishment  america 
august 2011 by tsuomela
Gender Is Dead! Long Live Gender! : 13.7: Cosmos And Culture : NPR
"The significance of studies such as these cuts in different directions. It suggests that you won't find a legitimation of our self-categories in neurobiology. If biology is the measure of all things, then many of the categories we use to group ourselves into kinds of person — man, woman, gay, straight, black, white, professor, cheerleader — are, in fact, unreal. You don't find them in nature as it is apart from our attitudes and beliefs about that nature. At the same time, what could be more real than the way we experience ourselves as being?"
philosophy  self  language  description  existentialism  gender  sex  psychology 
july 2011 by tsuomela
Mark Bernstein: A Grand Compromise
A possible compromise in response to Arizona shooting. "This compromise is possible. The left can give up on gun control
politics  compromise  sex  gun-control  violence 
january 2011 by tsuomela
Lance Mannion: Art for sexs sake
"Evaluating the relative genius of artists by comparing the emotional effect a work of art by one artist had on you when you were young with the effect a work by a different artist has had on you now when you’re on the brink of old age isn’t criticism, it’s memoir."
memoir  art  movies  sex  memory  age  generation 
january 2011 by tsuomela
Relationship Cues: Sensing the Unspoken - Deep Glamour: At the Intersection of Imagination
"Timothy Perper published research based on thousands of hours spent observing interactions between men and women in places like bars and dance halls. His observation teams discovered that women used predictable patterns of visual and tactile cues to signal a man that they would be receptive to his attention. These “contact-ready” cues were so subtle most men weren’t consciously aware of receiving them, even when they responded to them.

Perper’s research found that about 90% of women were aware that women sent such cues and could spot other women giving them, whereas only about 5 to 10% of men were consciously aware of them."
relationship  gender  perception  sex 
january 2011 by tsuomela
slacktivist: Sex & Money, part 2
This inconsistency creates the unpleasant suspicion that they are simply people who happen to enjoy having lots of stuff but who don't happen to enjoy gay sex and who have, therefore, conveniently decided to read the Bible in such a way that it blesses the former and damns the latter. There's a strong aroma here of the old speck-and-beam hypocrisy. That sort of self-serving manipulation of the text seems irreconcilable with their insistence that they are acting as the guardians of "the authority of the scriptures."
religion  evangelical  sex  homosexuality  bible  homophobia  culture  america 
june 2010 by tsuomela
Project ‘Gaydar’: An MIT experiment raises new questions about online privacy - The Boston Globe
Using data from the social network Facebook, they made a striking discovery: just by looking at a person’s online friends, they could predict whether the person was gay. They did this with a software program that looked at the gender and sexuality of a person’s friends and, using statistical analysis, made a prediction. The two students had no way of checking all of their predictions, but based on their own knowledge outside the Facebook world, their computer program appeared quite accurate for men, they said. People may be effectively “outing” themselves just by the virtual company they keep.
social  social-networking  social-media  facebook  privacy  research  statistics  ethics  culture  sex 
june 2010 by tsuomela
The Bunny Revolution | The New Republic
Playboy and the Making of the Good Life in Modern America
by Elizabeth Fraterrigo
book  review  america  culture  2h20c  sex  gender  media  class 
january 2010 by tsuomela
Does Falling in Love Make Us More Creative?: Scientific American
The clever experiments demonstrated that love makes us think differently in that it triggers global processing, which in turn promotes creative thinking and interferes with analytic thinking. Thinking about sex, however, has the opposite effect: it triggers local processing, which in turn promotes analytic thinking and interferes with creativity.
psychology  creativity  innovation  love  sex  construal-level-theory  perspective  scale  distance  art 
october 2009 by tsuomela
Ellison Webderland: The 3 Most Important Things in Life
A short essay by Harlan Ellison. The 3 things are sex, violence, and labor relations. The section on violence is a good example of the suddenness of violence and the dramatic difference between movie and real violence.
violence  essay  memory  speed  humor  ellison  harlan  art  movies  sex 
october 2009 by tsuomela
Open Left:: Republican Gommorrah: Max Blumenthal & The GOP's Heart of Darkness
Riffs on book by Max Blumenthal: "Republican Gomorrah shows that many of the movement's leading figures have more in common than just the power they command within conservative ranks. Their personal lives have been stained by crisis and scandal: depression, mental illness, extra-marital affairs, struggles with homosexual urges, heavy medication, addiction to pornography, serial domestic abuse, and even murder. Inspired by the work of psychologists Erich Fromm, who asserted that the fear of freedom propels anxiety-ridden people into authoritarian settings, Blumenthal explains in a compelling narrative how a culture of personal crisis has defined the radical right, transforming the nature of the Republican Party for the next generation and setting the stage for the future of American politics."
republicans  conservative  evangelical  fundamentalism  religion  psychology  power  family  sex  psychoanalysis  masculinity  gender  disicpline  physical  children 
september 2009 by tsuomela
Sex laws: Unjust and ineffective | The Economist
Publicly accessible sex-offender registries are intended to keep people safe. But there is little evidence that they do. A study by Kristen Zgoba of the New Jersey Department of Corrections found that the state’s system for registering sex offenders and warning their neighbours cost millions of dollars and had no discernible effect on the number of sex crimes.
sex  punishment  crime  america  moral-panic 
august 2009 by tsuomela
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