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Quickies: “Political Correctness” and Free Speech, Jessica Jones, and Wasp Research

  • James Deen’s Alleged Assaults Were Ignored, Laughed Off by Casts and Crews – Deen was high-fived by crew members for actually raping a porn actress on the set. (CN for descriptions of sexual assault.)
  • ‘Political correctness’ doesn’t hinder free speech – it expands it – “The reality is, of course, that blackface and casual misogyny were just as corrosive to black and female humanity in 1998 as they are in 2015; sensitivity hasn’t changed – access has. The punchlines are punching back. But it’s much easier to ignore your complicity in oppressive systems if you can cast the people who have been legitimately harmed as ‘oversensitive’.”
  • How Scientists Study Wasp Stings Without Getting Stung – “Wasp researchers have come up with a cheap device that can be put together to measure how many times wasps sting. They found out that wasps sting a lot, especially if something already has wasp venom in it.”
  • Marvel Show “Jessica Jones” Names a Most Evil Villain: Abuse – “Jessica Jones is a remarkable show for many reasons. There is its heroine, Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter), who is a complex and messy female character. There is her unshakeable friendship with her best friend Trish Walker (Rachael Taylor), that serves as the emotional bedrock of Jessica’s life. And there is its unflinching and nuanced approach to abuse and survival.” (Spoilers, of course.)
  • Illinois Is Ramping Up a Horrifying Practice Against Its Prisoners – “According to a Monday report from the Chicago Tribune, Illinois is ramping up the practice of suing former prisoners for huge sums of money for room and board while they were incarcerated.” From mrmisconception.
  • The 10 Best Comics of 2015 – Adding this to my wish list now.
  • Universal flu vaccine still out of reach – “It’s generally believed a so-called universal vaccine will need to trigger a production of antibodies — the immune system’s ammunition — that aim for a different target on flu viruses than the current vaccines do. But the new research shows that people’s previous experiences with influenza — both the viruses that make them sick and the vaccines that aim to prevent illness — limit their ability to produce that kind of antibody.”

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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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1 Comment

  1. December 3, 2015 at 9:19 am —

    Ungh. So horrified by the James Dean stories. One of the primary benefits of purchasing porn from a mainstream company should be having confidence that what you are seeing is a consensual fantasy between adults.

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