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Stop asking me ‘what about men?’ (h/t Zuzine za linku)

Women do not read a campaign about male mental health or male abuse or male cancers and furiously tweet back ‘what about women, you cunt?!’ because they didn’t think about themselves when they read it. They didn’t see the campaign as two fingers up to women.

‘Whataboutery’ comes from a place of misogyny. An arrogant, derailing technique used to respond to a campaign, video, research study, intervention, organisation or communication that screams ‘I don’t care about women, talk about men!!’ 
And the proof is in the pudding for me. Because when I do all those things with a focus on boys and men, I’m a fucking hero. But when I do all of those things and focus on girls and women, I’m a fat, ugly feminist

When I write a tweet about women being murdered or raped, I didn’t forget men. I didn’t forget they could be murdered or raped. I didn’t accidentally miss them off my tweet. I simply CHOSE to talk about the experiences of females. It is not helpful, or clever, or promoting ‘equality’ to write to a researcher specialising in women’s studies and tell her in three paragraphs why she should focus on men. 

The female price of male pleasure

For all the calls for nuance in this discussion of what does and doesn’t constitute harassment or assault, I’ve been dumbstruck by the flattening work of that phrase — specifically, the assumption that “bad sex” means the same thing to men who have sex with women as it does to women who have sex with men.

The studies on this are few. A casual survey of forums where people discuss “bad sex” suggests that men tend to use the term to describe a passive partner or a boring experience. (Here’s a very unscientific Twitter poll I did that found just that.) But when most women talk about “bad sex,” they tend to mean coercion, or emotional discomfort or, even more commonly, physical pain. Debby Herbenick, a professor at the Indiana University School of Public Health, and one of the forces behind the National Survey of Sexual Health and Behavior, confirmed this. “When it comes to ‘good sex,'” she told me, “women often mean without pain, men often mean they had orgasms.”

We’re so blind to pain being the giant missing term in our sexual discussions that ABC News’ epic 2004 “American Sex Survey,” which includes an amazing 67 questions, never once mentions it. It doesn’t even show up as a possible reason for orgasm-faking.

But next time we’re inclined to wonder why a woman didn’t immediately register and fix her own discomfort, we might wonder why we spent the preceding decades instructing her to override the signals we now blame her for not recognizing.

lego patent má 60 rokov

táto kočka má 16 rokov

parádne fotky z Marsu

How much money has been spent attempting to bring Matt Damon back from distant places?

Movie Budgets
Courage under Fire: $46m
Saving Private Ryan: $70m
Titan AE: $75m
Syriana: $50m
Green Zone: $100m
Elysium: $115m
Interstellar: $165m
The Martian: $108m
TOTAL: $729m

Fictional Costs (My estimates, costs are in 2015 currency)
Courage Under Fire (Gulf War 1 helicopter rescue): $300k
Saving Private Ryan (WW2 Europe search party): $100k
Titan AE (Earth evacuation spaceship): $200B
Syriana (Middle East private security return flight): $50k
Green Zone (US Army transport from Middle East): $50k
Elysium (Space station security deployment and damages): $100m
Interstellar (Interstellar spaceship): $500B
The Martian (Mars mission): $200B
TOTAL: $900B plus change

Object Arranger

The Most Futuristic Predictions That Came True in 2017

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She Ran From the Cut, and Helped Thousands of Other Girls Escape, Too

Finally, after nearly four years of dialogue, the elders in her village changed hundreds of years of culture and abandoned cutting. She had persuaded the men, and with them the village, that everyone would be healthier and wealthier if girls stayed in school, married later and gave birth without the complications cutting can create.

She and the elders planned a different kind of ceremony to celebrate girls, and the next year, the number of girls in school soared.

The Martians claim Canada (Margaret Atwood), perfektné

a ešte od Margaret Atwood: rozlúčka s Ursulou K Le Guin (Left hand of darkness), ktorá nedávno zomrela  

In all her work, Le Guin was always asking the same urgent question: what sort of world do you want to live in? Her own choice would have been gender equal, racially equal, economically fair and self-governing, but that was not on offer. It would also have contained mutually enjoyable sex and good food: there was a better chance of that.

Why Do So Many Digital Assistants Have Feminine Names?

Hey Cortana. Hey Siri. Hey girl.

Everyone Should Have a House Meal

It is a meal that one automatically falls back on whenever there is no other plan. This sounds immeasurably broad, but there are a number of prerequisites that narrow the field somewhat: The first is that it be intrinsically easy to trim and change into various meals whose roots in common stock are impossible to discern by anyone but the cook. Second, a house meal should be made of common ingredients, so that you are likely to have them. Third, it must be fast to make. Fourth, it can’t demand too much skill, in case some part needs to get handed off.

nové najväčšie prvočíslo – ešte v septembri som na prednáške spomínala to predchádzajúce, ktoré vtedy kraľovalo už rok

Pracovala som v pôrodnici. Už nechcem mlčať o tom, čo som videla 

Monday morning observation

China Has Already Gene-Edited 86 People With CRISPR

Elena Ferrante (My brilliant friend) začala písať pravidelný stĺpček do novín

What scientists want? respektíve, čo niektorí chceli pred 300 rokmi

The Prolongation of Life
The Recovery of Youth
The Art of Flying

Everything I did wrong as a professor (h/t Ondrovi za linku)

21st Century Landscapes

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The Math Revolution (vďaka Ondrovi za linku)

The new outside-of-school math programs like the Russian School vary in their curricula and teaching methods, but they have key elements in common. Perhaps the most salient is the emphasis on teaching students to think about math conceptually and then use that conceptual knowledge as a tool to predict, explore, and explain the world around them. There is a dearth of rote learning and not much time spent applying a list of memorized formulas. Computational speed is not a virtue.

eduScrum (a ešte raz) – Mišo teraz kvôli novej práci študuje všetko možné o Scrum-e, stand-up meetingoch, … a ako to už chodí, podobné veci majú tendenciu sa zjavovať z rôznych smerov, a u nás na fakulte začali chodiť linky na eduScrum

učiteľ už nie je len postavička stojaca pred tabuľou a prednášajúca učivo apatickým deťom hrajúcim sa na mobiloch. Trieda je rozdelená do skupín a žiaci sa učia spoločne. Študujú novú teóriu, robia cvičenia, sú nútení spolupracovať a samostatne riešiť problémy. Dokonca si sami určujú, čo budú robiť na hodine a čo im ostane na domácu úlohu.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: The danger of a single story – to je tá istá, ktorá rozprávala We should all be feminists (vďaka Zuzine za tip)

ako zarobiť na rodičoch

ako spraviť dieťaťu radosť

the scale of the universe

the life and death probability simulator

CRISPR’s Most Exciting Uses Have Nothing to Do With Gene-Editing

Now, instead of a precise and versatile set of scissors, which can cut any gene you want, you have a precise and versatile delivery system, which can control any gene you want. You don’t just have an editor. You have a stimulant, a muzzle, a dimmer switch, a tracker.

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Adele: Hello – trochu inak

CRISPR – The gene hackers (toto znie aspoň tak scary ako to, že sa do 50 rokov “prebudí” umelá inteligencia)

na začiatku decembra NY Times uverejnili editoriál na prvej strane (prvý od roku 1920), kvôli ďalšej streľbe na verejnosti.

It is a moral outrage and a national disgrace that civilians can legally purchase weapons designed specifically to kill people with brutal speed and efficiency. These are weapons of war, barely modified and deliberately marketed as tools of macho vigilantism and even insurrection. America’s elected leaders offer prayers for gun victims and then, callously and without fear of consequence, reject the most basic restrictions on weapons of mass killing, as they did on Thursday. They distract us with arguments about the word terrorism. Let’s be clear: These spree killings are all, in their own ways, acts of terrorism.

an unbelievable story of rape

Domáce pôrody ako na Divokom západe

bezdotykový hudobný nástroj – theremin

a pri príležitosti vianoc ešte niečo o darčekoch

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