Quickies: Finn from Star Wars, Building a House on Mars, and How Teamwork Affects Women
- Why Finn is the Best Character in Star Wars: The Force Awakens – “I wonder if the idea that ‘Finn isn’t a cool enough hero’ is tied to perceptions of masculinity. A Washington Post critic was disappointed that Finn got ‘friend-zoned’ by Rey, probably because he doesn’t ‘exude sex appeal’ the way Lando Calrissian did. (Me, myself, personally, I wouldn’t tie the worth of a black man to his sexual prowess, but you do you, white lady.)” From Courtney.
- How to Build a House on Mars – “That’s the challenge facing astronauts as they move forward with colonizing Mars. They’ll either need to bring materials with them, which will be wildly expensive and generally unreliable (what if you need a spare part?), or make use of the Red Planet’s rugged, inhospitable terrain.”
- Off-Putting Logo Brings N.Y. Village to the Polls – “Upstate New Yorkers will hit the polls Monday to vote on whether to change an off-putting village seal that depicts a white settler strangling a Native American.” This sounds like something out of Parks and Rec but unfortunately it’s real. From Radium.
- The Funny Thing About Abusive Relationships – “Following Beth Stelling’s posts about rape and abuse in a past relationship, many women in comedy have responded by sharing their own similar experiences. Every time I’ve heard someone at a party or in a Facebook comment ask, ‘How could this happen to her?’ “
- When Teamwork Doesn’t Work for Women – “Economics remains a stubbornly male-dominated profession, a fact that members of the profession have struggled to understand. After all, if the marketplace of ideas is meant to ensure that the best ideas thrive, then this imbalance should arise only if men have better ideas than women. That implication infuriates many female economists. Now new evidence suggests that the underrepresentation of women reflects a systemic bias in that marketplace: a failure to give women full credit for collaborative work done with men.” From Rachelle.