Amanda

Amanda works in healthcare, is a loudmouthed feminist, and proud supporter of the Oxford comma.
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    Quickies: The harm of Isaac Asimov

    Today we’re going to start with a well-written article on a tough subject, and move on to some education and self-care. Asimov’s empire, Asimov’s wall – CN: Sexual assault. It’s old news to the sci fi literary community that Asimov was a gross groping misogynist. But we don’t talk enough about the example that he set for other authors, how…

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    Quickies: The female burden of neurodiversity

    The female burden of neurodiversity – “When I talk to non-cis male friends about their experiences with ADHD and its cousins, including Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), I hear similar stories. Being perceived as “messy” or “oblivious” or “anti-social” feels like a failure to live up to the dictates of femininity, or a reinforcement of undesirable stereotypes around masculinity, in ways…

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    Quickies: “They” is the word of the year

    Merriam-Webster’s word of the year for 2019 is the personal pronoun “they” – Also, if you’re not following Merriam-Webster on Twitter, you are missing some excellent snark. Deaf student creates more than 100 new signs for scientific terms – These are in British Sign Language, specifically. “As he delved into more complex topics, and learned words such as phosphorylation or…

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    Quickies: Bring out the guillotines

    A little soundtrack for your morning reading of TeenVogue’s coverage of anti-capitalism can be found here. How the French revolution is inspiring today’s online anti-capitalists – “On social media, a tone-deaf tweet or Facebook post from any wealthy CEO or out-of-touch politician is invariably met with a sea of guillotine gifs, calls for retribution against predatory billionaires, or otherwise vitriolic…

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    Quickies: Koalas are not “functionally extinct”

    No, koalas are not “functionally extinct” but they are in trouble – There’s been reporting that due to the wildfires in Australia, koalas have lost 80% of their habitat, making them functionally extinct. See this twitter thread on the actual losses, as well as the unnecessary hyperbole of the current reporting. Yes, the wildfires are terrible and destructive and climate…

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    Quickies: John Updike the malfunctioning sex robot

    I’ve talked here before about my personal choice to not read books by cishet white men. Our first link today is an excellent confirmation that that was a good decision, and helps reduce the daily amount of misogyny that I’m exposed to. Malfunctioning sex robot – By Patricia Lockwood for the London Review of Books. John Updike is a revered…

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    Quickies: History of Mississippi’s court system charging black children as adults

    Bound by statute – From Reveal: “In the last 25 years, Mississippi has charged 5,000 children as adults. Three out of every four of them were black.” THREE OUT OF FOUR. That is 150 black children being charged as adults, every year for 25 years. Cornell’s new fine art library has see-through grate floors – Making them inaccessible to anyone…

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    Cenote (underground cavern with groundwater) in Mexican state of Quintana Roo

    Quickies: How hymens actually work

    How hymens actually work – Hint: Not at all like TI thinks they do. It is 2019 and we still have to state that policing your children’s hymen is disgusting and misogynistic. Danica Roem is now the first out trans person to be re-elected to state legislature – She won 56% of the vote in her district in Virginia. APA…

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