Quickies

Quickies: Racist Casting Calls, The Experience of Having an IUD, and The History of Manic Panic

  • The Men Feminists Left Behind – “What this campaign has shown us is that while feminism has transformed American culture, our politics and the lives of women, men haven’t evolved nearly as rapidly. Women changed. Too many men didn’t. What happens next?” From Amy.
  • Warning: This Lab May Cause Injury or Death – “Investigations into other U.S. incidents invariably reach the same conclusion: Young scientists and scholars working in university laboratories are failed — and put at risk — by the people who should be protecting them. Experts say that the resulting mishaps are no more ‘accidents’— that is, random and unpredictable — than is being thrown from a car in a crash while riding without a seat belt.”
  • Manic Panic Isn’t Just a Hair Dye Brand: It Was the First Punk Store in America – “In 1977, Tish and Snooky Bellomo opened a store at 33 St. Marks Place, in New York’s East Village. It was called Manic Panic, and as far as anyone knows, it was the first punk store in America. The Bellomo sisters were singers themselves, but they’d always had enviable style, too. At their tiny store, they sold stilettos, sunglasses, gloves with a bit of glam to them, the vintage clothes that they loved—or tore up until they did, and the product they’d become famous for, hair dye.”
  • Here’s What Happened When an Actor Tried to Publicize a Racist Casting Call – “The letter informed Alford that Breakdown services would be entitled to seek damages of up to $150,000 if she did not comply with the lawyer’s stipulations that she remove the screen grabs from her social media accounts and reveal the name and contact information of the person who provided Alford with the screenshot within 10 days of receiving the letter.”
  • IUDs: A Love-Hate Story – “In so many ways, the hormonal IUD is the new American dream. It’s a quick-fix for your pesky fertility that you can set and forget for up to five years, and it simultaneously makes your periods lighter — or even causes them to disappear altogether. Give me your huddled, tamponed masses, and I will give you this IUD.”
  • Fat shaming, explained in one terrible tweet – “I met many patients at Obesity Week, and they told me time and time again about the shame and pain at doctors’ offices because of the way their health care providers responded to their bodies, turning an appointment for the flu into a weigh-in and obesity intervention. ‘Going to the doctor’s office always ended in tears,’ one patient told me. She’d go in feeling ill, get put on a scale, and be told to lose weight. This caused her to avoid going to the doctor altogether.”

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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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