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GQ’s profile of Gal Gadot.
Prehistoric women and their guns.
The Neolithic women analysed in the study (living around 7,000 years ago) had similar leg bone strength to living women but their arm bones were 11-16% stronger for their size than the rowers. The arms of Bronze Age women were stronger still.
The scientists think that prehistoric women may have used stones to grind grains such as spelt and wheat into flour, which would have loaded women’s arm bones in a similar way to the back-and-forth motion of rowing.
Taking craftism in a different direction.
BBC video (autoload video): In Malawi, a ring inserted in the vagina is helping women defend themselves against the spread of HIV – even when their partner refuses to wear a condom.
What #MeToo means in Classics.
My experiences with gender-based discrimination and harassment began the first time I told a professor that I wanted to make classics my career: when I proudly relayed my plans to earn a Ph.D. to my undergraduate adviser, his response was to advise me to get a master’s degree and teach high school Latin instead. At the same meeting, he advised my then-boyfriend, who was also a classics major, that he was the one more suited to Ph.D. study.
Even the rats in New York City are diverse.
If you haven’t yet purchased your holiday cards, here’s a lovely suggestion. They’re not cheap but they’re fantastic.
An acne pimple patch that comes highly recommended by Sophie on Two Bossy Dames.
Reading about sex work from a different angle.
In her new book The Boss, the second novel from her “Justice Hustlers” series, author Aya de León ventures away from these tired tropes to explore sex work with the exceedingly rare qualities of nuance and depth. These Set It Off meets Ocean’s 11 books are about a multicultural group of former sex workers who run a New York clinic for women, funding their operations by breaking into the safes of wealthy men who exploit women and girls. Their Robin Hood method is illegal — and I don’t personally condone it — but during these hostile times, there’s also something distinctly refreshing about the storyline. How often do we get to read about the oppressed retaliating against their oppressors?
Anna Armstrong remembers how a 1985 R.E.M. concert changed the life of her and her brother.
Allison Benedikt, Lorin Stein, and the perils of extracting universal principles from fairy tale endings
It is not unreasonable to demand that men in workplaces act as if the year were 2017 and not 2003. At the same time, nobody is retrospectively prosecuting a man for acting as if it were 2003 in 2003. Nobody is hauling John Cook into the sex-crimes dock or putting Benedikt on trial for crimes against feminism. Nobody is suggesting that she thinks Stein’s behavior is okay, or that that the beginning of a loving marriage is the same thing as sexual harassment. But in writing her essay, in attempting to draw some universal principles from her specific experiences, Benedikt makes bad arguments with real-world consequences—of the kind that have kept the long-swirling rumors from Stein’s door until now.
A very nice visual guide for various helpful hand-stitches.
Raising a Teenage Daughter, with interspersed commentary by the teenage daughter of the author.
The Burgomaster is currently watching Luke Cage (literally, at this moment, while I’m sitting on the couch putting together the Dump) and sent me this link about all the live musicians who appear on the show.
Avoiding the white savior story as a white person.
It feels good to help people.
It feels wonderful to come up with an idea that will help people.
It feels amazing to get recognition for such ideas.
All of these are valid responses and motivators for placing people and planet alongside our profit-making ventures.
But sometimes our desire to feel good about rolling up our sleeves and “getting involved” can interfere with the social mission we’re on. If our lived experience has not been directly impacted by a social issue like inequality, just because we want to tell a great story doesn’t mean it’s our story to tell.
Eighteen science facts we didn’t know at the beginning of 2016.
The social status of listeners influences us to alter our voices. In what will come as a surprise to nobody, I intentionally lower my voice when talking to people (who think they are) of a superior status to me.