background preloader

A Message To Women From A Man: You Are Not “Crazy”

A Message To Women From A Man: You Are Not “Crazy”

The Dream of Reality: Heinz Von Foerster's Constructivism - Lynn Segal Guess what? Turns out, Men Are More Sensitive than Women, Part 1 You don’t believe me? I have science backing me up. The Huffington Post’s article by Peggy Drexler explains how scientists discovered that men are hardwired to be more emotionally sensitive than women. University of Pennsylvania neuroscientist Dr. The article goes on to say: … boys reacted to the crying with a higher release of stress hormones. Men avoid confrontations with emotional women I know I am not alone in saying that I have avoided confrontations with a partner when she is upset. At the same time I feel the love and concern for my partner. Does this feel familiar? Understand the biology before condemning the man or woman Both the man and the woman are in an autonomic nervous system reaction – a fight-or-flight reaction that might be linked to a past event(s). When I posted this article by Peggy Drexler on Facebook, there was a heated exchange between a man with a PhD and a woman with an MD discussing… arguing about how each didn’t understand it, or understand their sex.

Current Biology - Reconstructing Visual Experiences from Brain Activity Evoked by Natural Movies To view the full text, please login as a subscribed user or purchase a subscription. Click here to view the full text on ScienceDirect. Figure 1 Schematic Diagram of the Motion-Energy Encoding Model (A) Stimuli pass first through a fixed set of nonlinear spatiotemporal motion-energy filters (shown in detail in B) and then through a set of hemodynamic response filters fit separately to each voxel. (B) The nonlinear motion-energy filter bank consists of several filtering stages. Figure 2 The Directional Motion-Energy Model Captures Motion Information (A) Top: the static encoding model includes only Gabor filters that are not sensitive to motion. (B) The nondirectional motion-energy encoding model includes Gabor filters tuned to a range of temporal frequencies, but motion in opponent directions is pooled. (C) The directional motion-energy encoding model includes Gabor filters tuned to a range of temporal frequencies and directions. (G) Receptive field for a second voxel. Figure 3 Figure 4

Pubic hair is back. Your ugly vagina is normal and gorgeous. What, you don’t like your bits and twinkles? Have you seen the documentary film, The Perfect Vagina ? It’s certainly not for the faint of heart. I sat through the entire thing feeling squeamish, legs crossed tight, one hand over my eyes and a little curious about the look of my own undercarriage. Why all the tension and peculiar interest? The film is about vaginal cosmetic surgery, and according to this film, it’s growing in popularity. Photo credit: Wikipedia According to Wikipedia : The labia minora (singular: labium minus), also known as the inner labia, inner lips, or nymphae, are two flaps of skin on either side of the human vaginal opening, situated between the labia majora (outer labia, or outer lips). (I have also learned of a procedure called vaginoplasty that tightens the vagina and muscles surrounding it.) There is one profound question one cannot help but to ask: Why? Photo credit: Flickr Commons According to sex researcher Dr. 1. 2. 3. 4.

The Future of Literature in the Age of Information « Three Pound Brain Information technology made Plato anxious. Writing, he feared, would lead people to abandon their memory, to trust in “external characters which are no part of themselves.” Now we find ourselves living through a new revolution in information technology, one with consequences every bit as dramatic and likely even more profound. How could we not be anxious? Our old ways of communicating are either becoming obsolete or finding themselves dramatically ‘repurposed’ before our very eyes. Including the grandest one of all: literature. Literature is one of those categories that have vexed the human intellect for centuries. The morphology of what we like to call literature has remained fairly stable since at least the beginning of the twentieth century. The problem, I would like to argue, is one of habitat. No generation has witnessed such a sudden change in cultural environment, period. So why does it all feel so, well, dusty? Or should be. One genre among many. This is no easy task. But will it?

The Imperfect Perfect Penis. Not too long ago I wrote an article called ‘Your Ugly Vagina Is Normal & Gorgeous’ so I only thought it fair to explore some of the taboos of male genitalia—specifically the ‘size’ of penises. I was inspired to write this piece based on a BBC documentary called ‘My Penis and Everyone Else’s’. The size of one’s member isn’t necessarily a coffee table discussion, so how do we gauge how ‘big’ the problem is if men don’t want to talk about it? Well, I started to do some research and my first question was—what is the average size of a penis? The Penis Erectus Lengthus. According to Dr. With further investigation, I have discovered that in numerous other medical documents and research findings that the ‘range’ is more like 5 to 5.7 inches—at full attention (12.8 to 14 cm)—to which 90% of men fall into. Please note, these figures are for varying ethnicities and adult ages. So, who’s to blame for the miscalculations of membership sizes? No, it’s not Ron Jeremy. What do you think? 1. Read more:

Margaret Atwood and Graeme Gibson | Art Beat On Monday’s NewsHour, Jeffrey Brown spoke with author Margaret Atwood about her latest novel, “The Year of the Flood”: Atwood, one of Canada’s leading writers, has published more than two dozen books of poetry, fiction and non-fiction. She won the 2000 Booker Prize for her novel, “The Blind Assassin,” but is perhaps still best known for her first foray into futuristic fiction, the 1985 novel, “The Handmaid’s Tale.” Her newest novel is “The Year of the Flood” — a companion to her recent book, “Oryx and Crake.” Below is Jeffrey Brown’s extended interview with Atwood at her home in Toronto: Atwood put together a dramatic reading of the novel as part of its launch. Graeme Gibson is the author of five novels and a collection of stories called “The Bedside Book of Birds.” In the clip below, Gibson reads a passage from “The Bedside Book of Beasts,” recounting an animal encounter from his youth:

21 Ways Gloria Steinem Taught Us To Be Better Women Without Gloria Steinem's passionate zest for change and equality, women would not be where we are today. To celebrate the feminist author, activist and all-around awe-inducing goddess on her 80th birthday, we've compiled some of her best quotes and lessons from over the years. Here are 21 things Gloria has taught us: "A woman without a man is like a fish without a bicycle." "Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning." "God may be in the details, but the goddess is in the questions. "Power can be taken, but not given. "We need to remember across generations that there is as much to learn as there is to teach." "Most women's magazines simply try to mold women into bigger and better consumers." "A pedestal is as much a prison as any small, confined space." “The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off.” "The first problem for all of us, men and women, is not to learn, but to unlearn."

Why American novelists don’t deserve the Nobel Prize America wants a Nobel Prize in literature. America demands it! America doesn’t understand why those superannuated Swedes haven’t given one to an American since Toni Morrison in 1993. America wonders what they’re waiting for with Philip Roth and Thomas Pynchon. OK, enough. Boy, were we upset. It’s true that the Academy, like any body of judges, has made some ill-informed decisions. That only fed the vitriol directed at Stockholm, obscuring a valid point about American letters: We’ve become an Oldsmobile in a world yearning for a Prius. Stockholm has been trying to tell us this for a long while, and we would do well to listen. And yet here are the Americans who could win it this year, according to online oddsmakers Ladbrokes (in order of decreasing likelihood): Thomas Pynchon, Philip Roth, Cormac McCarthy, Joyce Carol Oates and Don DeLillo. But if we don’t win yet again, we are at fault. Our great writers choose this self-enforced isolation. That makes for a small literature, indeed.

Le harcèlement de rue et le féminisme bourgeois Tribune Certaines des femmes qui luttent contre ce qui a été nommé « harcèlement de rue » sont des amies, des connaissances plus ou moins proches. Je connais leurs parcours, leurs raisons. Je pense particulièrement au collectif #Stop Harcèlement de rue, dont la médiatisation s’est faite sans bavure. Making of Diplômée de sociologie, notre riveraine Alix van Buuren (un pseudo) estime que la manière dont de nombreuses féministes françaises luttent contre le « harcèlement de rue » fait « le jeu d’un mépris de classe fantastique d’une part et d’un racisme certain de l’autre ». Toutes les interventions sur ce sujet ne sont pas du même acabit. La récente chronique de Noémie de Lattre, sur France Inter, dans l’émission « On va tous y passer » du 23 juin, et intitulée « Les Cons des rues », est un modèle du genre. Le bout de rosbif Noémie de Lattre n’est pas contente. Viols en réunion contre tournantes Elle imite un accent de banlieue Nos frères, pères, mères et sœurs Habit et lexique du dragueur

Reality Check: Why Some Brains Can’t Tell Real From Imagined How do you know what’s real? A new study suggests that people’s ability to distinguish between what really happened and what was imagined may be determined by the presence of a fold at the front of the brain that develops late in pregnancy, and is missing entirely in 27% of people. Although the study sounds like it sprouted from the musings of stoned undergraduates or the abstruse pursuits of basic-neuroscience geeks, its findings may prove important for the understanding of schizophrenia, a disorder which often includes confusion between real and imagined voices. The key brain structure identified by the study is called the paracingulate sulcus (PCS), a fold in part of the prefrontal cortex, the region that is involved with planning, thought and judgment. The size of the PCS varies greatly in normal people, and some people a PCS only on one side of their brain, while others have one on both. MORE: Why Pot Smokers Are Paranoid

Il était une fois le "crime passionnel" | Stéphanie Lamy Lundi dernier, la ville de Grande-Synthe, près de Dunkerque a été secouée par un triple assassinat en pleine rue. Une femme et ses parents âgés furent abattus. L'assassin, l'ex conjoint d'une des victimes, est un homme violent qui devait comparaître dans les jours qui viennent pour répondre à une plainte déposée contre lui pour violences conjugales. Selon Eric Fouard, procureur de la République, le tueur aurait "agi de manière très méthodique et avec une grande détermination". Stupeur alors quant à la raison pour laquelle M. le Procureur a évoqué un mobile aussi absurde que: "manifestement passionnel". Lire aussi: • La violence conjugale a fait 146 morts en 2013, en forte baisse par rapport à 2012 sauf pour les hommes • Violence conjugale: aucune femme n'est à l'abri, même les princesses Disney • Où sont les femmes qui vont élever la voix pour toutes celles qui se font violer, frapper et attaquer parce qu'elles sont des femmes? Passionnel Minimiser Romantiser Inverser la charge