Quickies: Microaggressions, the History of Autism, and the Golden Girls
- ‘Cosmonauts’ Exhibition Offers Rare Look at Soviet Space Artifacts in London – “The capsule that launched the first woman into space, the most complete Soviet lunar lander still in existence and the 80-year-old original drawings of a Russian rocket pioneer are among the more than 150 rare Soviet-era space relics now on display in London.” From Amy.
- Microaggressions Matter – “The turn towards political correctness in academia, to which the concept of microaggressions belongs, is sometimes mischaracterized as an obsession with the creation of victims or shoehorning radically liberal ideas into college students. Others have argued that political correctness evangelizes a new kind of moral righteousness that over-privileges identity politics and silences conservative viewpoints. What these critics miss is that the striving for ‘PC culture’ on college campuses is actually rooted in empathy.”
- I’m a Golden Girls Superfan, and You Should Be, Too – I just have too many favorite episodes to write a good description here.
- A new book recounts the forgotten history of autism – “In a new book, science writer Steve Silberman chronicles the mostly unknown history of how the diagnosis and treatment of autism was stymied by the Nazi invasion of Austria and subsequently hijacked by an American clinician with a limited understanding of the disorder.”
- The Bolivian women who knit parts for hearts – These medical devices are usually commercially made, but the ones for children need to be smaller and thus are harder to be produced by machines. That’s where the expertise of the knitters comes into play. Neat!
- If you like Return Of The Jedi but hate the Ewoks, you understand feminist criticism – “Feminist criticism isn’t about ripping something to shreds or making others feel guilty for liking it. It’s simply about pointing out a specific creative weakness and then taking that a step further to explain the real-world social ramifications of that weakness, all in the hopes of dissuading future filmmakers from making the same mistake.”