Standing up for men Chicago Tribune 7/10/14 ST. CLAIR SHORES, Mich. — The feminists hadn’t shown up yet, but they could, at any moment, with their protest signs and screaming. The threat of them was an infuriating and exhilarating specter throughout the weekend, a symbol of the oppression facing the men’s rights activists who had gathered last month to meet for their inaugural conference. Why I Quit My College Fraternity Jeanne always felt comfortable with her "number." But it wasn't until she started telling people how many men she'd slept with that she began to feel self-conscious about her sexuality. "I've had guys say, 'Are you kidding? I don't want to be involved with you anymore,' or, 'That's disgusting.
“Trophy Scarves”: Race, Gender, and the Woman-as-Prop Trope (NSFW) At the end of last year, Robin Thicke took a lot of heat for both the lyrics of his song, Blurred Lines, and the accompanying video. The latter is a transparent instance of a very common strategy for making men look cool: surround them with beautiful and preferably naked women. It seems especially effective if the men in question act unimpressed and unaffected by, or even disinterested in, the women around them.
Mercedes V-12 Engine Made From Hand-Made Components Artist Eric van Hove has been very busy with his recent project. He has taken apart a V12 Mercedes engine and had the parts reproduced using a wide variety of unexpected materials. He had the help of local Moroccan artists who made the parts for him using their unique skills and different replacement materials. These components are made from some of the unlikeliest substances you could imagine. Op-Ed: Feminism and the PIC: Why “Add-Incarceration-and-Stir” Doesn’t Cut It By Jeanne Flavin and Laura Huss Many mainstream feminist and prochoice groups have been reluctant to adopt intersectional approaches and to declare common cause with other progressive movements. Yet the advent of mass incarceration and the prison industrial complex (PIC) makes clear that securing women’s reproductive health and rights requires our full-on and intersectional engagement. We must reject an “add prisons and stir” approach to advocacy in favor of making dismantling mass incarceration and other systems of institutional discrimination central to our efforts. And there is no better time than the present: if the War on Drugs and the 600% increase in incarceration of women between 1980 and 2000 wasn’t enough to propel feminist organizations into action, perhaps the introduction of laws that allow the incarceration of women because they are pregnant will.
EEOC Announces Tougher Rules Protecting Pregnant Workers hide captionThe Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's new guidance states that employers who allow parental leave must provide it to men and women equally. Yuri Arcurs/iStockphoto The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's new guidance states that employers who allow parental leave must provide it to men and women equally. Newspaper + marker = poetry — Show Your Work! Every morning I try to pick up a newspaper and a Sharpie marker, and I make one of my newspaper blackout poems: This is what one looks like after I scan it into Photoshop and play with the levels a bit: It’s sort of like if the CIA did haiku. This one’s called “Overheard on the Titanic”: This one’s called “What Is Marriage?”:
Gender-Neutral Bathrooms Are Quietly Becoming The New Thing At Colleges A popular student center at Northwestern University is the latest college campus facility to embrace gender-neutral bathrooms. New to campus this fall will be a pair of such restrooms -- sometimes called "all-gender" restrooms -- at the school's Norris University Center. "These are two gender-open bathrooms where students of any gender can go in, and use the restroom, and feel safe, regardless of gender expression or gender identity," Michelle Margulis, president of NU's Rainbow Alliance LGBT student group told CBS Chicago. The number of gender-neutral bathrooms has grown in just the past few years, in city-run facilities, workplaces and, most commonly, college campuses.
Guy Creates A Lamborghini Reventon From Scrap Interesting news here today. Wang Jian, a 28 year old Chinese farmer made his own Lamborghini Reventon from mere scrap metal. The rare Italian luxurious Reventon is with very few peoples in the world due to its high cost. 28 Creative Writing Exercises and Prompts This is my first year teaching high school creative writing, and at the beginning of the year, I wasn’t entirely sure what to do, or how to do it. I’d only ever taught college-level fiction workshops and I knew the same approach wouldn’t work with younger students and a ten-month class, so I have kind of trial-and-errored my way through the year, and am pretty pleased with how things have turned out. I decided to structure my class by spending about 4-6 weeks on each of the following: General intro to literary devices/elements of craft (voice, POV, imagery, etc), fiction, poetry, drama, and creative nonfiction.
Study: Young female scientists face sexual harassment, assault while in the f... Kate Clancy, the University of Illinois anthropologist who led the study. (Photo by L. Brian Stauffer) Men aren’t entitled to women's time or affection. But it's a hard lesson to l... About a year after I graduated from college, I met the woman I was going to marry. I didn't know it at first, but the feeling slowly grew within me, until one day – around year two – I looked up and didn't see "my girlfriend", but the person with whom I was destined to spend the rest of my life. Somewhere along the way, she felt it also, and we began to replace "I" with "we" in sentences, like, "When we finally buy a house." One day I commented that I hoped any child of mine would be blessed with a strong chin, and she said, "It absolutely will – look at our chins." I still knew that I was going to marry her the day she called me and told me that she didn't want to see me anymore.
A 15-Year-Old Builds a Mind-Controlled Robotic Arm Shiva Nathan's new prosthetic can read patterns in the wearer's brainwaves and transmit them to a robotic arm, allowing the user to flex the mechanical fingers with nothing more than their thoughts. And if this project needed any more cool points, its creator is 15 years old. In fact, Nathan was even younger when the idea germinated: In 2012, after hearing about a family member in India who lost both forearms, he set out to design a prosthesis of his own. Although he now takes pre-college classes at MIT, Nathan didn't have access to a world-class robotics lab in which to build an artificial arm. What he did have was a Mindwave Mobile headset by NeuroSky, a California company that builds brainwave-reading headsets that allow people to play games with their thoughts, or trains them to meditate and control those thoughts.
The Growth Wagon and the Three Runaway Horses A picture can convey more information than many thousand words, and this is something you can take advantage of in communication about climate change. During the climate conference in Copenhagen in 2009, the cartoon which I call The Big Hoax, which was made by Joel Pett for USA Today just before the conference, was used to express that there is no risk associated with reducing greenhouse gas emissions. What we risk is to “create a better world for nothing”. The cartoon has since reached all corners of the globe. The Big Hoax.