Quickies: Creationists and Aliens, Asexual and Intersex TV Characters, and Bill Maher’s Understanding of Vaccines
- Modcloth Spotlights Transgender Comedian Rye Silverman – “When asked to name one thing that people should know about the trans community, or about her experiences as a trans-identified person, and she uses it as an opportunity to push back on the idea that there’s just one thing to know.” From Courtney.
- Bill Maher lashes out at anti-vaxx accusations: “I’ve never argued that vaccines don’t work. I just don’t think you need them” – In other words, “I have no idea how science works, so I’m just going to talk because I like the sound of my voice.”
- Asexuality and Intersex Conditions Are Television’s New Frontier – “Bob Fisher, who created the U.S. version of Sirens with Denis Leary, told me that when they were inventing new characters who hadn’t existed in the original British show, they thought about friends who identified as asexual. ‘We did some research, and we thought that it would be an interesting thing to explore.’ Originality was a big part of the appeal. When considering potential relationships, having an asexual character ‘was an interesting flip on the convention of will-they-won’t-they. It’s an entirely new spin on that issue, because you have a character who won’t. If they feel a strong friendship, how do they navigate that?’ “
- God’s Chosen Planet – “Why creationists are praying we never find alien life.” From cerberus40.
- Abuse Victims Fight for Fair Sentencing – This article is about a documentary that highlights the fact that abused women who killed their abusers got disproportionately long sentences because they weren’t allowed to submit their history of being abused into court. Content warning for discussions of domestic abuse. (From Julia.) On a similar note, I would also recommend the harrowing documentary Every F*cking Day of My Life.
- 7 Places That Could Give You Superpowers, But Will Probably Kill You – Basically, creepy photos and interesting descriptions of abandoned places. Naturally, I’m hooked.
- Thousands Of Young Women In U.S. Forced Into Marriage – “U.S. laws are not designed to deal with the complexity of forced marriage, Miller-Muro says, especially if there’s no pattern of past violence. Even state laws on the marriage age don’t always help. Most were written for Romeo and Juliet scenarios, she says, and power lies with parents, not the young people.”
- What If?: Spiders vs. the Sun – “Which has a greater gravitational pull on me: the Sun, or spiders? Granted, the Sun is much bigger, but it is also much further away, and as I learned in high school physics, the gravitational force is proportional to the square of the distance.”