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Out of Body: Reading Gender Through “Women’s Fiction”

After The Way Things Are, I began to search the shelves of the local used book stores for more Virago Modern Classics. At one of the shops on Division Street, I found a peculiarity in the shelving system: there was a section labeled CLASSICS, and a separate section labeled OLDER FICTION. Most of the authors in the Classics section were men, with a few well-known women thrown in—Jane Austen, George Eliot, the Brontës, Virginia Woolf. The Virago Modern Classics were shelved in the OLDER FICTION section.

I asked Dick, the owner, about this peculiar arrangement. Why, for example, was William Faulkner (the Nobel Prize winner in 1949) shelved among the Classics, but Ellen Glasgow (the Pulitzer Prize winner in 1942) shelved among Older Fiction? Was it that men became classics and women just became old? Or, not to make a gender issue out of it, why was Virginia Woolf a Classic, but May Sinclair, who first applied the term “stream of consciousness” to fiction, simply Older?

As a young stay-at-home father, I gravitated toward Virago Modern Classics because they illuminated the ordinary domestic life to which I was growing accustomed, without becoming sentimental or losing sight of the broader human concerns and higher aspirations of their female characters. For most of the history of the English novel, writing was one of the only occupations open to women, one of the only ways in which they could make their voices heard outside the nursery and the kitchen. Their writing can’t help but express the immense gulf between the expansiveness of their imaginations and the apparent narrowness of the sphere to which they were traditionally confined. But being confined to that sphere, the sphere of domesticity, they also couldn’t help looking around and seeing some of its homely significance. They couldn’t help seeing that this world of messy children and dirty floors, of broken cookers and tight household finances, was also the real world. More real, perhaps, than anything else.

Astronómovia našli gravitačné vlny, ktoré podporujú teóriu o Veľkom tresku. Jeden z členov tímu, ktorému sa ich podarilo namerať, išiel o nich neohlásený povedať jednému z teoretikov, ktorý ich pred tridsiatimi rokmi predpovedal. Video z tohto stretnutia je výborné:

o topánkach pre bežcov – staré, ale zaujímavé

Surreptitiously, Mimura made soles of two slightly different thicknesses, to compensate for the fact that Takahashi’s left leg was eight millimeters — about a third of an inch — longer than her right leg. She had tried a pair of the uneven soles before the Sydney Olympics, but felt uncomfortable.

Still, Mimura felt Takahashi needed such shoes to win and to avoid a recurrence of pain caused by the disparity in her legs. Without Takahashi’s knowledge, Mimura gave her the uneven soles, then wrote a letter of resignation, in case she failed to win gold.

“I decided to take full responsibility because I made this pair against her wishes,” Mimura said of the letter. “I didn’t have to hand it over. It’s still in my desk.”

A year later, Kastor got a first-hand look at the precision of Mimura’s work. She met him for a fitting during the 2001 world track championships in Edmonton, Alberta. Using a tape measure, Mimura spent 20 minutes measuring her feet, Kastor said, including the length and circumference of each toe, the width of her heel, the length of her Achilles’ tendon and the width of her foot at six or seven spots.

“I didn’t know you could get that many measurements for a foot,” Kastor said. “But the shoes he made fit like a glove.”

what if what if was a book? – raz si ju budem musieť zohnať

fotky z Mišových výletov v Rumunsku počas poslednej služobky tu a tu

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neznášam, keď mi hovoria, že som dobrý otec

With no context — and no real basis for interpretation — the act of labeling someone a “good dad” suggests that most dads are, by our very nature as fathers, somehow less than “good.” That we don’t care. That we’re mostly cruel. What’s more, the phrase evinces a heinous double standard: It’s not like strangers compliment women as being “good moms” for doting, loving and doing normal mom stuff.

friends you can count on – populárna matematika na dnešný deň

For any network where some people have more friends than others, it’s a theorem that the average number of friends of friends is always greater than the average number of friends of individuals. This phenomenon has been called the friendship paradox.

veda pre dievčatá

Celkom slušný brainwashing na 45 sekúnd trvajúci klip. Ale aby som zasa len nekritizovala, snaha je to záslužná a činnosť osožná- teda dúfajme, že kampaň sa na ďalších úrovniach podobným zhovadilostiam vyhne a bude reprezentovať prírodné vedy, technické odbory a matematiku ako to, čím naozaj sú: fascinujúce, nekonečne zaujímavé a hlavne žiadané. Potenciál tu vidím veľký, keďže majú na svojej strane mnoho žien, ktoré sa reálne venujú spomínaným odborom a nech už povedia dievčatám čokoľvek, bude to pravdepodobne prvý krát v živote, keď mladý mozog pri slove geológ, mikrobiológ, astrofyzik, fyzik, informatik, vedec atď. bude spracovávať obraz mladej ženy a asi prvý krát to nebude Marie Curie Sklodowska.

fotky ľadovcov

ladovec

výborná animácia rozkladu na prvočísla

sloboda v škole (trochu súvisí: na vysokej škole som stratil 4 roky života)

Edita Angyalová: S partnerkou sa snažíme byť dobrými rodičmi

Podporili by ste teda možnosť adopcií pre homosexuálne páry?
„Nech sa s tým spoločnosť vyrovná spôsobom a v rozsahu, na aký je pripravená. No zvážte, čo všetko sme my riešili, kým sme dieťa mali. Myslíte, že priemerný pár takto zodpovedne zvažuje každý detail, čo spraví, keď na svet prinesie dieťa? Toľko vecí sme sa snažili usporiadať správne a urobiť ich dobre. Myslím si, že žijeme najlepšie, ako sa dá, robíme všetko preto, aby bol šťastný, plnohodnotný občan, plnohodnotný človek.“

hobití domček z balónov

čo potrebujú malé deti

An Oregon State study reported on 430 children who were followed from preschool until age 25. The study, published online earlier this month in Early Childhood Research Quarterly, looked at several factors, including early reading and math skills, along with other cognitive skills, to see which were ultimately most influential in college success. It turns out that a child’s ability at age 4 to pay attention and complete a task, the very skills learned in game play, were the greatest predictors of whether he or she finished college by age 25.

Terry Pratchett to leave Discworld in his daughter’s hands

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