- Academic Grievance Studies and the Corruption of Scholarship – Areo
This trio of writers wrote twenty deliberately bad hoax papers to submit to prestigious “grievance studies” journals, and were able to get seven papers published, or accepted for publication, before questions were being asked and they felt they had to fess up. I want to wait and see what more knowledgeable people’s takes on this are (eta: see here, for example), but my initial reaction is that – even though the authors are obvious ideologues – this is rightly embarrassing for women’s studies, fat studies, etc., and indicates that work needs to be done to make their peer-review process more skeptical. That said, I also note that the hoaxers lack any control group; that is, they didn’t bother testing to see if similar hoax papers were publishable in journals outside the fields they targeted.
- Unlearning the myth of American innocence | US news | The Guardian
How people in Turkey see the US. Thanks to Grace for the link!
- Twelve years ago, Amber Wyatt reported her rape. Few believed her. Her hometown turned against her. – Washington Post
A well-written, enraging long-form article.
- Science Says Toxic Masculinity — More Than Alcohol — Leads To Sexual Assault | FiveThirtyEight
- If you’re shocked that Brighton University is offering advice on sex work at freshers’ week, you need a reality check | The Independent
A sex-worker-safety group sets up a table with pamphlets at the new students’ fair, and some people – including, alas, some feminists – lost their shit. I clicked through to the Sun article to see which feminists are angry about this, and was not surprised to see that both feminists the Sun quoted are TERFs. I don’t know why being anti-trans and anti-sex-worker are linked, but in practice they usually are.
- London’s Super-Recognizer Police Force | The New Yorker
I have prosopagnosia, or “face blindness.” So it was interesting to read about people from the opposite end of the face-recognition spectrum. I was amused to read that, like prosopagnosiacs pretending to vaguely know everyone they meet (to avoid offending actual acquaintances), super-recognizers often lie and pretend not to have met people before (because saying “oh no, we chatted in line to a movie four years ago” creeps people out).
- Why Dallas Authorities Are Desperate to Attack Botham Jean’s Character – Rewire.News
- Critique of Just Love, Part Two | Thing of Things
This blog post discusses the differences between “no means no consent,” “enthusiastic consent,” “verbal consent,” and “affirmative consent.” Like me, Ozy comes to the conclusion that “affirmative consent” is the position that makes the most sense.
- Trump Administration to Deny Visas to Same-Sex Partners of Diplomats, U.N. Officials – Foreign Policy
It’s just so fucking petty. I guess this is what conservatives want – or at the least, what they vote for.
- The truth about false rape accusations — Quartz
False rape reports, and the people who make them up, have a pattern. “… it’s radically unlikely — and in practice does not happen — that a false accuser would invent a story where the issue of consent could seem ambiguous.”
- ‘Designing Women’ Creator on Les Moonves: Not All Harassment Is Sexual [Exclusive] | Hollywood Reporter
- How Hungary’s Viktor Orbán destroyed democracy, and what it means for America – Vox
- Wodaabe Wife-Swapping Rituals | Sex in a Strange World
“The Male Beauty Pageant Where Female Judges Sleep with the Winners”
- 10 Questions We Need Radical Feminists to Answer Pronto, Answered | Thing of Things
Answering questions from a right-wing website. (They don’t mean “radical” the way we do.)
- FACT CHECK: The Unsolvable Math Problem – Snopes
A urban-myth-sounding story, about a math student mistaking an “unsolvable” proof for homework and then successfully completing the proof (two, actually), is more-or-less true.
- “Through an online advertisement, we found 67 people who had never been on a 10-meter (about 33 feet) diving tower before, and had never jumped from that high. We paid each of them the equivalent of about $30 to participate — which meant climbing up to the diving board and walking to its edge. We were as interested in the people who decided to climb back down as the ones jumping. We filmed it all with six cameras and several microphones.”
I found this short film strangely enthralling. Here’s an alternative link if the Times doesn’t let you in.
- FYPhysics! – The Moving Sofa Problem
- Critique of Just Love, Part One | Thing of Things
As in “love that follows principles of justice,” not as in “only love.”
- Seven endangered species that could (almost) fit in a single train carriage | Environment | The Guardian
- What Julia Salazar’s Win Means About Our Changing Tribe – The Forward
The “our” in this case refers to us Jews. “…young Jews and Jews of Color are increasingly moving to a model of Jewish identity that involves choice rather than ethnic purity or religious affiliation. And they are rejecting exactly the kind of truth-finding missions that Salazar has been subjected to.”
- Everything You Know About Obesity Is Wrong – The Huffington Post
I don’t think much here will be new to most “Alas” readers, but it gathers a lot of stuff together, and I like the interviews and photographs.
- Researchers “Translate” Bat Talk. Turns Out, They Argue—A Lot | Smart News | Smithsonian
- This city banned cars and no one seemed to mind | DriveTribe
- How Money Affects Elections | FiveThirtyEight
It matters a LOT less than we think (at least, for the question of who wins). Except during primaries.
- The Spider-Man Proposal Easter Egg has a Darker Side | Houston Press
Like more than a few stories about gaming, this one ends “…has deleted her her social media accounts due to harassment.”
- Rihanna’s beauty is subversive – Cheryl Lynn Eaton
- I Know Brett Kavanaugh, but I Wouldn’t Confirm Him – The Atlantic
- 11 Takeaways From The Times’s Investigation Into Trump’s Wealth – The New York Times
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