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Brain-Based Labels Bunk? An fMRI study shows speculations that people are “left-brained” versus “right-brained” are not backed by evidence. J.A. NIELSEN ET AL., PLOS ONECreative types have been commonly thought to rely on the right side of their brains, while analytical folk have been considered more “left-brained” thinkers. But people don’t actually show such tendencies toward either left- or right-brained activity, according to a study published last week (August 14) in PLOS ONE. How one design agency is fighting for feminism I am a feminist. My penis doesn't preclude me from being one. I feel pretty confident in saying this, because my liberal politics, my good grooming and the fact I do all the cooking and cleaning in my house mean that I'm a living paradigm of Modern Man. I have assimilated the acceptable bits of the feminine, but remain confident in my manhood because, let's face it, my Mrs will never earn what I do, and even as she progresses up the career ladder, she's gotta take time off to look after the kiddies… Hmm. I can't help thinking that, as a society, we've come so very far in the last 100 years, but ended up accepting a status quo in which, yes, we may agree women are just as capable as men and, yes, it's illegal to employ on the basis of gender, but still women are paid an average of 17.5 per cent less than men.

Don’t Fall For the New H&M Campaign A new breed of feminism has been rearing its big, beautiful head. The fourth wave has swept in on the tides of the internet the last decade, and though it isn’t yet as defined or action-based as its older sisters, it is more inclusive than them in nature and diverse in its messages. As well as traditional feminist issues like unequal pay and domestic violence, fourth-wave feminism tackles a new host of problems, from online misogyny and slut shaming to campus rape and the rights of women in developing countries. It’s also marked by a strong emphasis on the body positive movement, particularly the reclaiming of female bodies, which is fucking awesome considering how much razor heads cost these days.

Real-Time Politics Real-Time Politics: The Internet and the Political Process Philip E. Agre Department of Information Studies University of California, Los Angeles Los Angeles, California 90095-1520 USA Project MUSE - The Road to Seneca Falls Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the First Woman's Rights Convention Judith Wellman Publication Year: 2004 Feminists from 1848 to the present have rightly viewed the Seneca Falls convention as the birth of the women's rights movement in the United States and beyond. In The Road To Seneca Falls, Judith Wellman offers the first well documented, full-length account of this historic meeting in its contemporary context. _x000B__x000B_The convention succeeded by uniting powerful elements of the antislavery movement, radical Quakers, and the campaign for legal reform under a common cause.

Do You Speak American . What Speech Do We Like Best? . Prejudice . Women Women Talk Too Much No, they don’t. Rather, they don’t in every situation. Social context and relative power determine who talks more, men or women. Janet Holmes sets the record straight and establishes the reasons for the lingering myth of female chattiness. (The research cited in this essay was first published in 1999.) Do women talk more than men? – Art & Design » Blog Archive » A History of its Own? Graphic Design and Feminism A History of its Own? Graphic Design and Feminism This free and public seminar includes three talks and a panel discussion about the status of feminism in graphic design today. Unlike the history of art and literature, the history of graphic design has only recently begun scrutinising its canon and methodological underpinnings. This relative youth has allowed it to recognise certain historiographic pitfalls, such as the privileging of biography over collective practices, and of Western European/North American histories.

'Women are just better at this stuff': is emotional labor feminism's next frontier? We remember children’s allergies, we design the shopping list, we know where the spare set of keys is. We multi-task. We know when we’re almost out of Q-tips, and plan on buying more. We are just better at remembering birthdays. We love catering to loved ones, and we make note of what they like to eat. We notice people’s health, and force friends and family to go see the doctor. Mapping the world with Tweets A new paper on the peer-reviewed online journal First Monday summarizes the results of a project to use geographic data gathered from Tweets to create a picture of the world according to Twitter. The researches, led by GDELT co-creator Kalev Leetaru, used the Twitter decahose, a massive feed of 10 percent of all tweets, access to which is normally sold at high price to marketers. The project covers the period of the Oct. 23, 2102, to November 30, 2012. During this time, 1,535,929,521 tweets were streamed from 71,273,997 unique users -- about 2.8 terabytes worth of data. But only about 3.04 percent of those contained geolocation data -- either exact coordinates from mobile phones or user-selected locations. All the same, that's an awful lot of geographical information, and allowed the authors to create this map of a month in the life of Twitter (Bigger, high-resolution version here):

Women's Voices, Feminist Visions: Classic and Contemporary Readings Author: Susan M. Shaw Pages: 743 51 Pretty Shocking Facts That Make Things Harder For Every Woman You Have Ever Met Laci Green: The rumors are true. What they've been saying about me. I have to come clean. I, Lacey Green, am a feminist. What? Discrimination By Design: Time To Get Rid Of Design Patriarchy A couple of days ago, I was reading this brilliant article on “Discrimination by Design” by ProPublica, whose work I keenly follow. The article points out some of the ways in which design discriminates amongst different people in the society and hence treats them differently. This got me wondering about certain things around me that I have certainly found awkward, but haven’t really thought about them from a discriminatory angle. But then, in the ‘man-made’ world, what else could one expect? How many of us have gone to big shopping malls or fancy showrooms, and have noticed that there are washrooms only for men and women? In the progressive (or at least that’s what we believe to be) society we live in, we very well know that the binary concept of gender is no longer valid.

“Information: A Very Short Introduction” (Essential Readings in the Philosophy of LIS) In a recent tweet, Professor David Lankes asked a seemingly easy question: And he got quite a few responses: There are quite a few more responses, but you get the drift: librarians don’t have a common definition of information in practice. Which is weird, given the primacy of information in librarianship. But, it’s entirely understandable. ‘Information’ is a tricky word and the responses to Lankes’s tweet further underscore that librarians mean all sorts of mutually exclusive (sometimes even contradictory) things about information.

Must-Read Feminist Books of 2014 At Ms., we’re often the first to know which highly anticipated feminist books are coming out and which feminist giants have taken to the pen again. Countless new books pass through our editors’ hands, and then we pass our recommendations onto our readers. Now that the holidays season is winding down, we hope you’ll curl up with some of these books and enjoy them as much as we did!