“Explaining white privilege to a broke white person”

1 Jul


Years ago some feminist on the Internet told me I was “privileged.”

“THE F&CK!?!?” I said.

I came from the kind of poor that people don’t want to believe still exists in this country. Have you ever spent a frigid northern-Illinois winter without heat or running water? I have. At 12 years old were you making ramen noodles in a coffee maker with water you fetched from a public bathroom? I was. Have you ever lived in a camper year-round and used a random relative’s apartment as your mailing address? We did. Did you attend so many different elementary schools that you can only remember a quarter of their names? Welcome to my childhood..

Social science and the Pentagon

19 Jun

Pentagon preparing for mass civil breakdown

Social science is being militarised to develop ‘operational tools’ to target peaceful activists and protest movements


This would be a good article to discuss ethics and political motives with social science research.

If gay guys talked to straight guys like straight guys talk to gay guys

19 Jun


1:20 mins of flipping the script

If Asians said things to white people that white people say to them

17 Jun

Great video on microaggressions Asians confront

If Asians said things to white people that white people say to them


A few Asians turn comments they frequently hear from white people back on them…


on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PMJI1Dw83Hc

A map of world cultures that recognize more than two genders

27 May



India’s legal system now recognizes the country’s traditional third gender, the hijras. As the map above shows, societies that recognize gender roles and sexual orientations beyond what we think of as conventional heterosexuality have been quite common in history — and this map is likely far from complete. For example, it does not mention pederasty among the warrior class of feudal Japan.

This image is used by kind permission of the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia.

Laptops vs hand-written notes

19 May


Why students using laptops learn less in class even when they really are taking notes

Even when students paid attention and took copious notes on their laptops, they still didn’t learn as well. In fact, the copiousness of their notes may be part of the problem, the study found.

Laptop users are inclined to use long verbatim quotes, which they type somewhat mindlessly. The handwriters are more selective. They “wrote significantly fewer words than those who typed.”

graphic for paid maternity leave

13 May


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