Quickies: Harassment in virtual reality, Victorian understanding of women, and the Cassandra phenomenon
- An actual response to harassment in virtual reality – Now I want a magical force field in real life too.
- The riddle of the vagina and other Victorian attempts to understand women – “Most experts were in agreement. Don’t rape your wife, though technically it is your right; women are tetchy and hold grudges about that kind of thing.”
- The myth that women are never to be believed endures, centuries later – “The Cassandra phenomenon is deeply troubling, as it works both ways: If too many women come forward against famous men like Trump and Cosby, they’re portrayed as lying bloodsuckers, trying to get money or fame. If too few do, they’re regarded as unreliable.”
- Deciphering fact and fiction on the web – “The rise of fake news sites coupled with compulsive social media sharing make for a difficult time deciphering fact from fiction on the web. Fox News’ Sean Hannity is no stranger to this as he issued an apology via Twitter for reading a fake story on his radio show yesterday.”