Quickies: Heartmob, the restaurant industry, new Barbies, and seal whiskers

  • Hollaback launches anti-online harassment site, Heartmob – “Heartmob’s work is twofold: It acts both as a support network, and as a place to document harassment. According to the site, a woman (or anyone) can ask for help from other people on Heartmob for support, to help document the abuse, or to intervene.”
  • Escaping the restaurant industry’s motherhood trap – “Women are underrepresented at the top for any number of reasons, but one of the most important ones is that the system they operate within — local and federal laws, and the common employment structure of most restaurants — makes it almost impossible for them to get there while having children. A complete lack of support for pregnancy and childbirth sends a clear message to anyone for whom it’s a possibility: This world is not for you.”
  • Seal whiskers inspire marine technology – “They conducted experiments in which they placed a blindfold and earmuffs on a seal. The animal nonetheless was able not only to detect the presence of moving objects, but also to track them long after any visible traces of their passage had disappeared. It became increasingly clear to the researchers that seals have an uncanny ability to use even the faintest signals in the water to paint a picture of their dark, watery surroundings.”
  • Like real people, Barbie now comes in different sizes – “Barbie just got a redesign. The iconic doll now comes in four different sizes: petite, tall, curvy, and original.”


Amanda works in healthcare, is a loudmouthed feminist, and proud supporter of the Oxford comma.

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