Skepchick Quickies 11.20

On November 20, 1985, Windows 1.0 was released. It was criticized for many things, especially for encouraging use of the mouse over the keyboard. (Personally, I use a trackball.)

BONUS: Can You Guess Famous Seinfeld Quotes From Just a GIF or Freeze-Frame? (I’ve watched waaay too much TV.)


Mary Brock works as an Immunology scientist by day and takes care of a pink-loving princess child by night. She likes cloudy days, crafting, cooking, and Fall weather in New England.

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  1. Remember when Peggy Hill was a sex ed teacher? She had trouble even saying “vagina” and “penis”?
    She talked to her friends and found that one of them had received this advice from her mother: “My mother showed me a book full of pictures of flowers. She told me, ‘When your husband is doing his nasty thing to you, just close your eyes and picture these flowers’.”
    And we all thought, heheh, King of the Hill is so funny because it’s so dumb and unrealistic! Not even in Texas would that be the sex talk you got from your parents.

  2. Been watching Master of Sex myself. Its. interesting. And, as someone put it, “Why is it unreasonable to have a period piece which actually has people acting the way they would in that period?” A lot of the people from that time are “still” here, many of them, frankly, are probably currently still in congress. We can see from Abstinence Education, and so much other stupidity, that some ideas are “still” held on to, which reflect the things in the show. And, to be frank, its not impossible to think of 1-2 people I know myself, who would see those things and completely fail to understand that they are “not” as common place now, or rational. The two main characters are, I think, touch stones of the problem. We know some of the outcomes are likely to be a bit of a mess, just because we “known” the time period. But, at the same time, we see, with those main characters, the realization that things are way more complex than they themselves might have thought things where, and that some major rethinking has had to be done, just to the direction of the study, from practically day one, because real people don’t fit the nice, simple, “normative” model that Masters “thought” he was looking at, when he had planned to start the study.

    Honestly, as a window back into that period, I see nothing wrong with it, and I expect to see some character undergo a drastic reorganization of ideas, over time, as things progress, others.. to fail to stubbornly fail to change at all, and still others to, as with a lot of people confronted by the changes that where coming, flopping around in confusion, not sure where their lives are going. What I didn’t expect, given the nature of what its supposed to be showing, is everyone, at the end of the series, having all had happy endings, and a nice, stitched up, story line, like out of some Hollywood comedy. So far, I would, based, of course, purely on my own opinion, call it “honest”.

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