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Quickies: Gender-Neutral Caregiver Benefits, Parasite Research, and the History of Female Civil War Soldiers

  • Incredible Teen Poets Sum Up Everything Wrong With America – “We are taught that just because something happened doesn’t mean you are to talk about. They build us brand new shopping malls so we forget where we’re really standing, on the bones of the Hispanics, on the bones of the slaves, on the bones of Native Americans, on the bones of those who who fought just to speak.” From Courtney.
  • Ralph Nader Fights the Tort Reformers – “His new museum is a tangible counterweight to the claptrap about the evils of tort law.” I really want to visit this museum.
  • How A Show About Zombies Looks At Legacies Of Real Violence – “Much has been written about Fear the Walking Dead‘s flaws. A companion show to AMC’s hit The Walking Dead, it takes place at the very onset of the zombie apocalypse, but often moves far too slowly. But there IS one thing FTWD is doing very well: it has one of the most complex, intriguing Latin American characters on prime-time television.”
  • ‘Primary’ Caregiver Benefits Sound Gender-Neutral but Aren’t – “It’s time to get beyond the idea that a child has one parent who is more responsible than the other.”
  • Work On Parasite Diseases Earns Nobel Prize For Medicine – “The medicines they helped develop are credited with improving the lives of millions. And now three researchers working in the U.S., Japan, and China have won the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. Among the winners: William C. Campbell of Drew University in Madison N.J., for his work on the roundworm parasite.”
  • Oppression by Omission: Women Soldiers Who Dressed and Fought as Men in the Civil War – “Women lived in germ-ridden camps, languished in appalling prisons, and died miserably, but honorably, for their country and their cause just as men did.” From Donna.

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2 Comments

  1. October 5, 2015 at 5:47 pm —

    Oppression? 150 years after the fact, we still haven’t got a clear picture of how many women actually served incognito in the Union and Confederate military. And we may never be able to do more than guess at how many did so undiscovered.

    So the romanticized version of the disguised ‘girl’ soldier may represent an exaggeration rather than an omission. As for the economic motive? It would be nice to have some actual evidence from the soldiers in question, rather than the sly comparison of 3 months military pay to 1 months wages for ‘women’s’ service jobs in the mid 19th Century.

    How much writing about an unknown number of women does it take to NOT be ‘an omission?’

    • October 5, 2015 at 6:02 pm —

      Mostly it strikes me as more romanticized because women in the military are seen as unusual. There are a lot of folktales about women joining the military and then meeting their future husband there.

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