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Glogin?mobile=1&URI= How Working As a Stripper Made Me Have More Sympathy for Men. August 2, 2013 | Like this article?

How Working As a Stripper Made Me Have More Sympathy for Men

Join our email list: Stay up to date with the latest headlines via email. Anthropologist Katherine Frank spent six years stripping and interviewing 30 of her regular customers to research her book “G-Strings and Sympathy: Strip Club Regulars and Male Desire.” Adapted from her Ph.D. dissertation, it’s an academic yet accessible exploration of the exchange between the naked lady on the platform and the man who keeps returning to tuck money in her garter. Frank discusses with equal ease the bounce/rump-shaker move and the self-reflexive nature of the post-tourist, and her experience reflects less mind-body dissociation than one might expect. Frank worked in several clubs in a Southeastern city she calls Laurelton, a mecca for strip club enthusiasts.

Myers-Briggs or VIA: A Comparison of Tools. Most people these days seem to know their “type” according to the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI).

Myers-Briggs or VIA: A Comparison of Tools

You know whether you prefer to be more extraverted or introverted, thinking or feeling, or judging or perceiving. The MBTI has been one of the most popular tests in pop psychology for decades. People who have taken the test love to guess one another’s type. Another test that has emerged as the main research-based test of strengths in the world is the VIA Survey.

The VIA measures strengths of character and in a short period of time has had over 2.6 million takers reaching every country. Is Big Pharma Testing Your Meds on Homeless People? — Matter. Two years ago, on a gray January afternoon, I visited the Ridge Avenue homeless shelter in Philadelphia.

Is Big Pharma Testing Your Meds on Homeless People? — Matter

I was looking for poor people who had been paid to test experimental drugs. The streets outside the shelter were lined with ruined buildings and razor wire, and a pit bull barked behind a chain-link fence. A young guy was slumped on the curb, glassy-eyed and shaky. My guide, a local mental health activist named Connie Schuster, asked the guy if he was okay, but he didn’t answer. Saturday Stat: Main, Mean, and Median Street. By Jay Livingston, PhD, 11 hours ago at 09:00 am Mean and median are two measures of “average.”

Saturday Stat: Main, Mean, and Median Street

The mean is the average as we typically think of it: the sum of things divided by the total number of things. The median, in contrast, is literally the number in the middle if we align all the quantities in order. Newsflash: Facebook has Always Manipulated Your Emotions. Emotional Contagion is the idea that emotions spread throughout networks.

Newsflash: Facebook has Always Manipulated Your Emotions

If you are around happy people, you are more likely to be happy. If you are around gloomy people, you are likely to be glum. The data scientists at Facebook set out to learn if text-based, nonverbal/non-face-to-face interactions had similar effects. They asked: Do emotions remain contagious within digitally mediated settings?

They worked to answer this question experimentally by manipulating the emotional tenor of users’ News Feeds, and recording the results. Public reaction was such that many expressed dismay that Facebook would 1) collect their data without asking and 2) manipulate their emotions. I’m going to leave aside the ethics of Facebook’s data collection. First, here is an excerpt from their findings: In an experiment with people who use Facebook, we test whether emotional contagion occurs outside of in-person interaction between individuals by reducing the amount of emotional content in the News Feed.

“The gift that kept on giving”? Sex workers speak for themselves Sudhir Venkatesh — SWOP-NYC. September 17th, 2013 | Uncategorized Sudhir Venkatesh has already had more than his allotted 15 minutes, but his most recent appropriation of sex workers’ lives gives us—sex workers, people in the sex trade, and allies—a moment to reflect on unethical researchers who have not yet realized that they are as much under the microscope as we are.

“The gift that kept on giving”? Sex workers speak for themselves Sudhir Venkatesh — SWOP-NYC

New media and new forms of organizing building on at least 40 years of struggle for rights, means that the studies “revealing” the “secret” lives people in the sex trade are read and critiqued by members of those very same communities. Gone are the days where sociologists can effectively pretend that they speak for “silenced” or “silent” groups of people. SWOP-NYC and SWANK—two organizations lead by sex workers and their allies in the NYC area—have significant questions about the “research” carried out by Sudhir Venkatesh. In January 2011 members of our organizations were shocked to read a piece by Venkatesh in Wired Magazine. Dogs’ beach sentinel skills affirmed 5/27/14. Dogs aren’t usually associated with clean beaches, but new research has recognized border collies for their ability to chase off gulls that foul water and sand with their droppings.

Dogs’ beach sentinel skills affirmed 5/27/14

The experiment was launched two years ago by researchers at Central Michigan University, who were asked by the Environmental Protection Agency to find ways to control a surging population of gulls on the Great Lakes’ shores. Not only do the birds swoop down to snatch sandwiches from picnickers and annoy beachgoers, their droppings also end up where people swim. That makes them a major source of E. coli bacteria.