Quickies

Quickies: Deciding Who is a Woman, White Privilege, and the Safety of E-Cigarettes

  • Being A Woman: Who Gets To Decide? – “Even so, there’s no doubt this ruling represents a step forward for women like Chand who refuse to alter their bodies by chemical or surgical means in order to conform to arbitrary biological standards of what it means to be a woman.”
  • How a Small-Time Drug Dealer Rescued Dozens During Katrina – “To the cops, Jabbar Gibson was just a low-level drug pusher. But to the residents of a New Orleans public housing complex, he’s the man who rescued them from Hurricane Katrina when no one else would.” Excellent long article, savor it during your coffee break.
  • How Much Do Black Lives Really Matter To Our White Friends? – “This horror, this scenario that I’ve envisioned in my nightmares and obsessed over during my waking hours, was simply not in his sphere of awareness.” That’s white privilege for ya–the ability to ignore race issues without knowing that you are ignoring them. From Courtney.
  • The Case for Fetal-Cell Research – A microbiologist’s perspective of using fetal tissue in her research. “The choice I made is repeated every day, in labs all over the world. Researchers have no say in whether a fetus is aborted or develops into a human baby; those decisions are made by women and shaped by politicians. Yet their science, performed on discarded tissue, has the ability to save lives. It already has.”
  • Invisibility Blues: Exploring Race in Video Games – This is a Kickstarter project for funding a project to explore race in video games. Sounds very interesting! From Radium.
  • Are E-Cigarettes Safe? Here’s What We Know – “Vaping is controversial because it’s new, which means two things. First, the science isn’t settled yet on how safe it is. And second—perhaps more importantly—political and commercial interests haven’t figured out yet where they stand. Does Big Tobacco see vaping as a competitor or a market opportunity?”
  • The Secret Lives Of Tattooed Women – “The average American may still associate extensive tattoos with biker gangs and, perhaps, Suicide Girls, but as the tattoo form has evolved in recent decades, women are challenging what it means to be covered in ink and what is possible in the form.” From Amy.
  • ‘Sexism’ Is the ’70s Board Game That’s Still Disappointingly Accurate – “Lots of photos of the game can be seen at Board Game Geek, but you can see one of the squares from the game above, a reminder of how limited women’s reproductive choices are, something that’s still very true today.”
  • Scientists Discover A 6th Taste — And It’s Quite A Disgusting Mouthful – More like ew-mami, amirite? (I’ll show myself out.)

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Mary Brock is a scientist who works on drugs you've hopefully never heard of. She enjoys cooking to Blue Grass music, messing with her cats, and hosting the Boston Skeptics' Book Club. She was born in the South but loves living in New England (despite the lack of chocolate chip pizza). Mary does not use Twitter and don't even try to follow her, because she is always looking over her shoulder.

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9 Comments

  1. August 3, 2015 at 9:46 am —

    I’ve never been to Pictorial (the Sexism the Board Game link) before… it’s a serious time sink, in a good way.

  2. August 3, 2015 at 12:15 pm —

    Testing one two three, testing one two three.

  3. August 3, 2015 at 12:16 pm —

    There, that went through, it was telling me that I was blocked earlier for some odd reason, must have been a fluke.

    • August 3, 2015 at 12:19 pm —

      Sorry, sometimes the system randomly gives people errors like that! It sucks too because people think they’re blocked when they’re not.

  4. August 3, 2015 at 12:17 pm —

    Mary,

    So fat, has it’s own taste?

  5. August 3, 2015 at 12:22 pm —

    Mary,

    The story of Jabbar Gibson would probably make an interesting movie. The drug dealer, turned hero. Not exactly politically correct, but pretty interesting.

    Despite his criminal record through, I’m glad he saved all those people’s lives and I’m certain all of them appreciated it.

  6. August 3, 2015 at 7:15 pm —

    There were a lot of those civil rights board games in the 70s. Family Guy even made reference to them, with Cleveland saying “You don’t win, you just do a little better each time.”

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