Quickies: Essays on human biology, feminists of Wakanda, gymnastics, and Neanderthals

  • New book of essays on human biology has exactly ZERO contributions from women – “Yes, a book with 23 different contributors to 18 different essays on the wondrous diversity and evolution of human life on this planet… does not include one woman or one person of color. It’s a veritable petri dish of white dudes in a field that, sure, includes lots of white dudes, but includes plenty of diversity, especially on the anthropology side of things.” From Will.
  • The feminists of Wakanda – More reasons to be excited that Ta-Nehisi Coates is writing the new Black Panther comics. From Alex.
  • A full revolution – “Like most athletes, Biles is not illuminating on the subject of her own gifts. “I kind of blow my own mind,” she has said. “I wish I could crawl out of my skin and see it happen from a different perspective.” During her tumbling runs, Biles says, the only thing she sees is the colors of the ceiling and the floor, whizzing past in revolving blurs. (If you want to make yourself dizzy, look up “GoPro gymnastics” on YouTube.) When she vaults, she sees nothing at all. Some élite gymnasts count to themselves while flying through the air, to keep track of where they are, but Boorman says that Biles has no need for such calculation. She never gets lost.” From Donna.
  • Enigmatic French cave structures show off Neanderthal skills – “Building such deep-cave structures requires leaders, mobilization of individuals to carry out the task, manufacturing construction material and keeping the site lit up for long periods, Jaubert said.”


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

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