Life in Space Affects Men’s And Women’s Health Very Differently – “Back in 2011, NASA and the National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI) — on the recommendation of the National Academy of Sciences — assembled six workgroups to investigate and summarize the current body of knowledge about human and animal spaceflight. The groups focused on cardiovascular, immunological, sensorimotor, musculoskeletal, reproductive and behavioral implications on spaceflight adaptation for men and women. The results have now been published in the latest edition of the Journal of Women’s Health.” From CriticalDragon1177.
It’s Time to Stop Saying ‘Drink the Kool-Aid’: Interview with Jonestown Author Julia Scheeres – “As you’d imagine, the phrase offends survivors. It reduces a mass tragedy to the level of banality. Jonestown residents didn’t willingly drink poison—they were forced to do so. Jones gave them a choice: drink cyanide or be shot to death by armed guards. Living was not an alternative.” If the author’s name looks familiar, it’s because we read her book Jesus Land in a recent book club. (Also, the descriptions of Jonestown in the article are horrific, so, Content Warning for that.)
‘Lady Parts’ Tumblr Builds Hollywood Dream Girl: Hot, Silent, Servile – A Tumblr that showcases actual language from casting calls for women. The top one says: “[Seeking:] Beautiful Girl (non-speaking).” Content warning for really stereotypical, disgusting roles for women. I like the double-meaning of the name–these are “lady parts” reducing ladies to just parts.
In ‘Straight White Men,’ A Play Explores The Reality Of Privilege – “The playwright, 40-year-old Young Jean Lee, is arguably one of the hottest playwrights in America right now. Her work revels in subverting stereotypes. With Straight White Men, Lee was interested in exploring a problem: What do you do when you’ve got privilege — and you don’t want to abuse it? Lee, who is Korean-American, wanted to create straight white men on stage who think about these things.”
The Nurse Coaching People Through Death by Starvation – “Brittany Maynard’s death has made physician-assisted suicide a major topic of discussion. But what about terminally ill patients who live in states like New York, without a Death with Dignity law? Enter Judith Schwarz.”
What Street Harassment Is Like For Me As A Trans Woman – “Being harassed on the street by strange men is something most women are used to dealing with on a near constant basis. Trans women are no exception. It seems just as bad when we ‘pass,’ and can be even worse, and definitely different, when we ‘fail’ to ‘pass.’ These are my experiences.”
RFRA Madness: What’s Next for Anti-Democratic ‘Religious Exemptions’ – “Elections are funny things. They’re often about issues that governments cannot actually control: jobs, cultural shifts, viruses. And yet, they result in massive changes in what government does control—like the makeup of the federal courts, or environmental regulations. Or, this year, the ways in which religious liberty (both real and imagined) is balanced against civil rights.”