27 Mar

Links for a Sunday Morning

Did Jesus really exist? – Maclean’s

Through visions, apocalyptic math and study of the Scriptures, one group—headed, according to the evidence of Paul, by Peter—came up with a celestial being made human flesh, killed by the forces of evil in a sacrifice that combined and eclipsed both Yom Kippur and Passover, who rose from the dead and will very soon come again to save the faithful. Soon enough, as the tendencies of human memory predict, the cosmic Christ, like central figures in other contemporary mystery cults, was “factualized” to better attract adherents.

What was really on trial in the Jian Gomeshi case – Maclean’s

Thirty years after significant changes were made to the Canadian Criminal Code to remove the stigma and stereotypes surrounding sexualized violence—including the introduction of rape shield provisions to prevent an accuser’s sexual history being aired in court—women coming forward with sexual assault allegations are worse off than ever. Sex crimes continue to be treated singularly within the law.

The problem with a technology revolution designed primarily for men – Quartz

One advanced artificial heart was designed to fit 86% of men’s chest cavities, but only 20% of women’s . . . the device’s French manufacturer Carmat explained that the company had no plans to develop a more female-friendly model as it “would entail significant investment and resources over multiple years.”

When did porn become sex ed? – NY Times

We are learning to support girls as they “lean in” educationally and professionally, yet in this most personal of realms, we allow them to topple. It is almost as if parents believe that if they don’t tell their daughters that sex should feel good, they won’t find out. And perhaps that’s correct: They don’t, not easily anyway. But the outcome is hardly what adults could have hoped.

Where Do the Voices in Our Heads Come From When Reading? – Slate

Inner speech does show up in fMRI brain scans as activation of the speech areas of the brain, so whatever is going on does have an identifiable neural correlate.

Is there an auto bubble on the horizon? – Maclean’s

More and more Canadians are agreeing to extra-long financing periods, up to eight years, in order to keep monthly payments affordable. While that makes it easier to purchase a brand-new compact SUV with a leather interior and all sorts of electronic doodads, it also piles on thousands more in interest charges—particularly if buyers don’t qualify for the cheapest rates.

Psychologist on dating: there are no rules of attraction when it comes to meeting your match – The Conversation

Despite what many people think, opposites very rarely attract. In fact, decades of research has shown that attraction is most likely to be sparked when two people perceive themselves as being very similar to each other. . . and more important than sociodemographics is similarity of values – everything from musical tastes to political orientation.

Serena Williams says Raymond Moore’s comments were offensive “not only to a female athlete but every woman on this planet” – Quartz

“You know, in my next life, when I come back, I want to be someone in the WTA because they ride on the coattails of the men. They don’t make any decisions, and they are lucky. […] If I was a lady player, I’d go down every night on my knees and thank God that Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal were born…”


15 Mar

Links for a Monday Night

. . . because I slept in yesterday. Fuck you, Daylight Savings Time.

Daylight saving time 2016: How big business benefits from more sunshine – CBC News

Adjusting the clocks twice a year is one of those rituals that seems to make sense based on folksy wisdom, but when you study the science behind it, it doesn’t.

Status of Women – Globe and Mail

Canada ranks 30th – a big fall from the country’s 19th-place ranking in the 2014 study and a steep decline from 10 years ago, when Canada ranked 14th. What hurt us: a too-wide wage gap and too few female politicians.

Indigenous languages recognize gender states not even named in English – Globe and Mail

In Cree, for example, “aayahkwew” means “neither man or woman.” In Inuktitut, “sipiniq” means “infant whose sex changes at birth.” In Kanien’keha, or Mohawk language, “onón:wat” means “I have the pattern of two spirits inside my body.”

No, you’re not entitled to your opinion – The Conversation

The problem with “I’m entitled to my opinion” is that, all too often, it’s used to shelter beliefs that should have been abandoned. It becomes shorthand for “I can say or think whatever I like” – and by extension, continuing to argue is somehow disrespectful.

Lena Dunham Finally Does the Lena Dunham Thing and Rejects Photoshop – Slate

Dunham is right that her body represents a challenge to conventional beauty norms. When she bared it on her juggernaut TV show week after week, she was enacting a small revolution, showing women a different—kinder, freer, better—vision for themselves.

The Instagram artist who fooled thousands – BBC

Ulman created a three-part performance work that explored how women present themselves online. Entitled Excellences & Perfections, the project saw Ulman take on the roles of ‘cute girl’, ‘sugar baby’ and ‘life goddess’.

High Powered Women Kicking Their Stilettos to the Curb – NY Post

Last week, Victoria Beckham — once the standard-bearer for fussy feminine glamour — revealed that she is hanging up her heels. . . It’s a surprising sartorial backpedal for the Spice Girl-turned-designer, who’s famous for deftly running around town in platform stilettos and once proclaimed, “I can’t concentrate in flats.”