30 Oct

Links for a Sunday Morning

The Sexist, Political History of Pockets – Racked

Men’s dress is designed for utility; women’s dress is designed for beauty. It’s not a giant leap to see how pockets, or the lack thereof, reinforce sexist ideas of gender. Men are busy doing things; women are busy being looked at. Who needs pockets?

I was really bad at sports in high school. This study helps me understand why. – Vox

Practice can account for 18 percent of the difference in athletic success. Put another way, if we compare batting averages between two baseball players, the amount of time the players spent in the batting cage would only account for 18 percent of the reason one player’s average is better than the other.

Science finds most men misread whether a woman is sexually interested. Do you? – Quartz

The scientists instructed the men to focus on the women’s body language and facial expression to gauge their interest, but some men paid more attention to the women’s attire and attractiveness instead. Across the board, however, men improved at reading sexual interest after seeing how far off their guesses were. And the researchers hope the study will be part of a solution to prevent sexual aggression by men.

Think Canada is a progressive paradise? That’s mooseshit – The Guardian

These days, Canada is the second-largest arms exporter to the Middle East. Our Alberta oil sands produce more carbon emissions each year than the entire state of California. Our intelligence agency is allowed to act on information obtained through torture. And a lot of French Canadians are into blackface comedy.

Broad support in poll for $15 federal minimum wage – Toronto Star

The most striking thing about the poll is that “the wealthiest — who don’t need (an increased minimum wage) — object the most. Youth are more likely to object, presumably, because they think their job prospects are those most threatened by a higher minimum wage

‘The Great British Bake Off’ Changes the Way the British Bake – NY Times

Nobody expected a baking competition to become one of the top-rated shows on British television.
It did, however, come at a time when British cuisine over all had reached a high point. Restaurants all over the country were rethinking what it meant to serve British food, both by looking outward at international ingredients and influences, and inward, going back to artisanal traditions and classic but neglected recipes.

We’ve Reached the End of White Christian America – The Atlantic Video

At 45 percent of the population, white Christians are a shrinking demographic—and the backlash from many members of the group against the increasing diversification of America has been swift and bitter.

Britain’s New Parliament Could Be This Giant Floating Glass Blob. – CityLab

While London’s Houses of Parliament are being restored, the MPs will need a place to work. How about a temporary bubble floating on the river Thames right in front of parliament?

Golden Milk: Separating Fact, Fiction, and Lies My Mother Told Me About Turmeric – Bon Appetit

While turmeric has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for centuries, almond milk, coconut butter, even cashews are all Western additions intended to make it taste more like a Starbucks holiday special and less like medicinal herbs.

The Thing All Women Do That You Don’t Know About – Huffington Post

We have all learned, either by instinct or by trial and error, how to minimize a situation that makes us uncomfortable. How to avoid angering a man or endangering ourselves. We have all, on many occasions, ignored an offensive comment. We’ve all laughed off an inappropriate come-on. We’ve all swallowed our anger when being belittled or condescended to. It doesn’t feel good. It feels icky. Dirty. But we do it because to not do it could put us in danger or get us fired or labeled a bitch. So we usually take the path of least precariousness.

12 Oct

Around the World Power Vinyasa Yoga Podcast

Strong Body

This full length vinyasa yoga flow in which I take you around the world… or at least around your mat.
We’ll pretend I did that intentionally and not because I messed up. So when you discover you’re doing on side twice in a row, don’t fret… you’ll do the other side twice in a row too!

10 Oct

Links for a Thanksgiving Morning

happy thanksgiving

Something to read with your Thanksgiving Morning coffee…

The pill is linked to depression – and doctors can no longer ignore it – The Guardian

As soon as this research dropped, the experts lined up to deliver their usual mix of gaslighting and paternalistic platitudes. We’re told not to be alarmed, concerned, or deterred from continuing to use our hormonal contraceptives, mostly by men who have never and will never take them themselves.

Don’t Find Hillary Clinton ‘Likable’? Here’s Why – Bust

Essentially: Clinton’s flaws make her unlikable. But that’s not the case for male politicians. In fact, it’s often their flaws that make them likable. After all, on paper the idea of an old disheveled man yelling sounds downright unpleasant. But in practice Bernie Sanders is an utterly charming and refreshing political figure.

The Psychology of Victim-Blaming – The Atlantic

While people tend to be able to accept natural disasters as unavoidable, many feel that they have a little more control over whether they become victims of crimes, that they can take precautions that will protect them. Therefore, some people have a harder time accepting that the victims of these crimes didn’t contribute to (and bear some responsibility for) their own victimization.

Jumping Back to Plank in Yoga: What’s the Big Deal? – Jenni Rawlings

The fact that the burpee, which involves jumping back into plank pose repetitively, is so prevalent in the fitness world and is also included in research studies suggests to me that it has not been found by fitness professionals or sports scientists to be particularly injurious for the body.

The Shame of Fat Shaming – NY Times

Even the public health campaigns meant to prevent obesity can contribute to the stigma, researchers say, because the implicit message is that anyone who really wants to — anyone who eats well and exercises regularly — can be thin.

Fitness Trackers Aren’t About Losing Weight – The Atlantic

It seems to start with the idea that fitness-tracking devices carry what’s known as a health halo. Wearing fitness trackers gives people a sense that they are doing something good for themselves, even if only subconsciously, by the very act of owning and wearing it.

Slowmo royal video inspires rapid-fire tweet storm – Macleans

Kensington Palace tweeted out video of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with Prince George and Princess Charlotte at an outdoor children’s party in Victoria. The family moves around in slow motion, playing with bubbles and balloons, to the sound of lagging, thumping music. Many people posted comments describing the video as “creepy” and “morose,” while others compared it to a trailer foe a horror movie.