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.

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