Quickies: Haunted Dolls, the Amazing Tig Notaro, and Racist Frats

  • Haunted Dolls Are A Thing, And They’re Not Cheap, Either – Ummm brb, I need to go out and get some dolls for my new business venture.
  • Disabled and Fighting for a Sex Life – “How misperceptions about disability can prevent people with physical and cognitive impairments from being able to express their sexuality”
  • The Dawkins/Harris Worldview Exposed by a Twisted New Hypocrisy – “The conflation of Sikhs and Muslim “jihadis” by Western Islamophobes shows how shallow their thinking is.” From Courtney.
  • Tig Notaro And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad, Yet Somehow Completely Amazing Year – “If everything you know about Tig Notaro is from stories written in the past year, then you could be forgiven for thinking that she, too, has benefitted greatly from this bad news. Her instantly legendary 31-minute set at Los Angeles club Largo just after her diagnosis last August, which began with her saying, “Hello, I have cancer,” went viral in ways that entire stand-up routines simply do not. She sold 100,000 digital copies of the show (her second de facto album, originally hosted on Louis CK’s site) in just six weeks, good enough to make it the biggest comedy album of the year. It was a tour de force of grace and wit and became the definitive moment of her career, the kind of break that grizzled, cutthroat stand-ups dream about (except for the almost dying part). But who wants to be defined by that?”
  • I was the black guy in a white frat – “Nothing about the racist OU chant surprises me. I spent years ignoring white prejudice just to fit in.”
  • Government Data Agrees: Hollywood Is Even More Sexist Than The Real Workforce – “The gender gap in wages and outcomes in the U.S. workforce is well-known, but I’m also interested in how the workforce is reflected in popular culture. On Tuesday, for instance, I looked at several occupations — some historically gendered, others considered prestigious or high-paying — to see how big a gender gap exists in movies (it’s big). Several folks wrote to me to suggest that it would be worth comparing the big-screen gender breakdowns to the real U.S. workforce’s. So that’s what I did.” From Arturo.
  • Science Fairs Aren’t So Fair – “These K-12 events are hardly more than a competition among over-involved parents.”

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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. Mary,

    That “Haunted Dolls” image you found is so cute. Its in a slide show of “creepy” pictures. I personally don’t think its creepy at all.

  2. The thing about Hollywood doesn’t surprise me. Hollywood likes to think they’re ‘ahead of the curve’, and one dog whistle used by right-wing talk show hosts is ‘Hollywood liberals’, but they’re actually very conservative. I mean, they blacklisted Chaplin for decades for insulting Hitler.

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