Quickies: Harry Potter, Supreme Court algorithms, and Nicki Minaj’s butt
- Harry Potter helps battle bigotry – “In two different studies, young Italians took note of “the positive attitudes and behaviors of Harry Potter toward stigmatized fantastic groups,” and this fantasy-world interaction apparently influenced their real-world attitudes.”
- Algorithm predicts US Supreme Court decisions 70% of the time – “Supreme Court fantasy league to compete against computer model in upcoming term.” From Criticaldragon1177.
- Nicki Minaj’s butt and the politics of black women’s sexuality – “Whenever black women own their sense of sexuality and it appears to not be controlled by the hetero-male gaze, the whole world gets into a tizzy.” From Courtney.
- A reluctant defense of sunscreen for men – And here I was thinking that there was plenty of unisex sunscreen in the world for everybody to use. From Mary.
This is the first I’ve heard of sunscreen cooties. I know many men who use it, and many who don’t. I rarely use it because I detest the feel of oily greasy substances on my skin. I detest doing repairs on my auto for the same reason. My adaptation to skin health is to wear a t-shirt most of the time. Before the association between skin disease and sunshine, I went topless most of the summer.
This story has the feel of something made up by marketers.
Well, would you look at that? Someone identified the real (or at least an additional) reason that so many fundies hate Harry Potter. It’s not about the dirty, dirty magic but rather all that disgusting acceptance. I mean, the only truly hated people in the HP universe are the
conservativesSlytherins and the bigotspureblood purists. Isn’t that how it works in real life, all teh ebil is concentrated in one or two groups?
In a world where generic, white label sunscreen is available both as a lotion and a spray, I find it hard to agree with the sunscreen article’s premise. Anecdotally, I can’t think of a single man I know who refuses to wear sunscreen.
For obvious reasons I rather enjoy the Nicki Minaj cover, but we shouldn’t forget that the song is great, too.
Anecdotally, I use sunscreen when outside but I’m likely to get the left forearm skin cancer from driving. It usually doesn’t occur to me to use it when I’m 95% inside.
I haven’t seen Sunscreen for Men anywhere, but starting a few years ago there was a big proliferation of sports-themed sunscreen. Probably part of the same trend.
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