13 Aug

Links for a Sunday Morning

When a woman wins an Olympic medal why are we praising her husband? – National Post

In 2016, we still have a gender gap that goes way beyond pay. Ambitious, successful women still navigate a world where men dominate and are considered the norm. A man who is successful at work and has a family is never described as “having it all,” but a woman who pursues both is still viewed as unusual.

Katinka Hosszu and Her Husband Raise Eyebrows at the Pool – NY Times

The swimmer who felt overwhelmed by the pressure to succeed in London has since become the first athlete to surpass $1 million in World Cup series prize money for individual races and overall finishes and averaged more than 100 races a year. She has accomplished all of this with her husband overseeing all the aspects of her preparation, to the unease of some in the tightknit swimming community. Tusup is more temperamental than Hosszu, and his eruptions on the pool deck have elicited stares, complaints and calls for his removal.

In Defense of Villainesses – tor.com

She’s fabulous. Her hair is done. Her makeup is flawless; her coat, luxurious. She’s single. She’s thin or she’s fat or she’s muscular or she’s old or she’s young but she’s never ever cute or soft or scared of you.

Why young people have stopped drinking tea – Guardian

A cup of English breakfast or builder’s tea is only cool when you are slumming it. You might have a cup of tea at your mum’s, but not when you are out or in a cafe because it doesn’t say anything about how healthy, attuned, and cool you are.

Neighborhoods With Greater Walkability Have Pricier Homes – Fast Company

Increasing a neighborhood’s Walk Score from 19 to 20 points (a low ranking) generates only $181 on average. But increasing it from 79 to 80 points commands a price increase of more than $7,000.

How to market Justin Trudeau – Maclean’s

The current Prime Minister’s obvious enjoyment of people and crowds of any size makes marketing and political experts swoon: those assets are a gold mine. And there’s a naturally emotive and performative quality to Trudeau that amplifies everything he does; Anytime you get the politician doing something he likes in front of a crowd that likes him for it, that’s kind of the holy grail.

The Problem Is Not Women Running Alone – Runner’s World

I’m already doing everything I’m willing and able to do to stay safe on a run but that hasn’t stopped men from honking at me, catcalling me, or following me in their cars. If you feel you have the right to interrupt my run with “a friendly honk” or a comment about my appearance, what other rights do you think you have in your interactions with women?

NBC’s coverage of the Olympics is atrocious. There’s a simple reason why. – Vox

“The people who watch the Olympics are not particularly sports fans. More women watch the games than men, and for the women, they’re less interested in the result and more interested in the journey. It’s sort of like the ultimate reality show and mini-series wrapped into one.”
It’s an idea NBC has offered before, including in press conferences over the years. It’s also one that is baldly sexist on its face.

Beach volleyball’s never-ending joust over bikini uniforms – Maclean’s

As the sport’s governing body, the FIVB, talks about opening up the sport culturally, what gets lost in the discussion is why the uniform rule was even created in the first place. The reason was simply to sex up the women’s side of the sport. And it worked.

07 Aug

Links for a Sunday Morning

Chef David Chang’s Unified Theory of Deliciousness – WIRED

Normally we think of a balanced dish as being neither too salty nor undersalted. I think that’s wrong. When a dish is perfectly seasoned, it will taste simultaneously like it has too much salt and too little salt. It is fully committed to being both at the same time.

It’s been a breakout summer for mom jeans – Quartz

Some young women may wear them ironically, but plenty genuinely like the booty-enhancing shape, which fits with a broader ’90s nostalgia happening in fashion.

Why this magazine is ditching the ‘body shaming’ language – LA Times

It was reader feedback that prompted her to drop such phrases as “bikini body” and the “drop two sizes” type of language from its cover. “We wanted to make sure we were staying modern and check ourselves. It’s not only about, ‘I have to be a certain size.’ We really want to promote health and wellness, not anxiety and issues.”

How Language Affects Your Fitness and Weight Loss Practice – Mark’s Daily Apple

When we say “should,” we’ve immediately sidestepped ownership of our own motivation. “Should” declares that outside influences are more important than our own desires. As logical as this assertion might be at times, at others it can set up a conflicting division between what we want for ourselves and what we’ll do instead.

What Babies Know About Physics and Foreign Languages – NY Times

The experimenter acted like a teacher. She said, “I’m going to show you how my toy works,” instead of “I wonder how this toy works.” The children imitated exactly what she did, and didn’t come up with their own solutions. The children seem to work out, quite rationally, that if a teacher shows them one particular way to do something, that must be the right technique, and there’s no point in trying something new.

How does Montreal maintain its enviably low rents? – Globe and Mail

The average rent for a two-bedroom apartment in the Montreal metro area is $760. The Toronto average is $1,288. In Vancouver, it’s $1,368. In all, just a handful of Canadian cities have cheaper rent than Montreal – and then only much smaller, sleepier communities such as Saint John and Trois-Rivières.

Ghostwriter: The Most Literary ’90s Kids Show – The Atlantic

In fact, it was the only series I can remember that actually dramatized the creative process so thoroughly. I learned early to embrace that drafts are often very different than final versions, and that collaboration with peers and editors was not simply necessary, but an enjoyable part of the creative process.

Do Olympians Have Better Genes Than You And Me? – Fast Company

What if parents try to push their children toward certain sports based on [genetic] information that isn’t very determinative? Another concern is that coaches start testing their athletes, and using the information to differentiate between them. One could imagine a spreadsheet of sorts with a list of athletes and their genetic information.