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Quickies: Incels and plastic surgery

Plus the history of scientists believing spiritualists

How many bones would you break to get laid? – CW: This is about incels, so beware. “On forums, incels argue that the diagnosis is often a kind of reverse discrimination and that women seeking invasive procedures to fix relatively small flaws are not greeted as skeptically. “Social media and ease of access/exposure to plenty of top 3% chaddy hunks has literally set the bar much higher for men,” wrote one user.”

The fraught cultural politics of Disney’s Aladdin remake – An interesting history of the problematic nature of the Aladdin story.

When mystics and mediums convinced scientists that the paranormal was normal – “Spiritualists used the reputations of sympathetic scientists and intellectuals to bolster the legitimacy of their beliefs, and they were eager to link spiritual phenomena with emerging technological advancements. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, in discussing the Fox sisters and Daniel Dunglas Home, argued that a medium was “a telegraph instrument and telegraph boy united as one,” capable of receiving and delivering messages from our material world and the land of the dead. Spiritualists also argued that scientific methods and observations could never truly rule out the possibility that supernatural forces existed.”

 

Amanda

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

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