Quickies: From misogyny to feminism, polio vaccine switch, and the myth of Black Confederates
- I was a Men’s Rights Activist – One man’s journey from misogyny to feminism. From Amy.
- The campaign to eradicate polio takes a giant step forward – “Mathematical modeling suggests there will likely be at least one outbreak caused by Type 2 vaccine viruses after the switch, Dr. Stephen Cochi, a polio expert at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told reporters in a briefing last week.” From Buzz Parsec.
- The secret history of the photo behind the Black Confederate myth – “A 160-year-old tintype depicting Andrew Chandler and his slave Silas, both in Confederate uniform, has long been used as evidence that slaves willingly fought against the army that aimed to free them. Following the national backlash against Confederate iconography, Silas’s descendants seek to debunk this once and for all.” From Criticaldragon1177.
- My inability to make eye contact does not need to be “fixed” – “But what if it’s difficult for a person to maintain eye contact? Should that person be judged as insincere, untrustworthy, or socially flawed? For those with autism who struggle to hold someone’s gaze, these assumptions are often made. And, as someone who’s suffered as a result of these assumptions, I want people to understand why they’re so damaging.”