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Here's an interesting post about emotional labor, sex work, money, and feminism.

Emotional labor is real work.  It takes time and effort.  If you do it, you should be getting something for it: enjoyment, favors, cash, whatever floats your boat.  Marriages generally run more on barter than cash, although the financial benefits are common too.  Sex work is more pay-as-you-play ... but yes, really,  men absolutely do turn to sex workers for attention, comfort, reassurance, fake love, emotional support, etc. in addition to orgasms.  Some guys just want to get off, but a lot of guys want to get off while talking about how their wife/girlfriend/woman-who-doesn't-know-they-exist doesn't appreciate them.
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 My partner Doug found this article about astronomers finding planets in development for the first time.
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 My partner Doug found this article about a family where one of identical twins is trans.

Canis Soup

Oct. 31st, 2015 05:33 am
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 Wolf, coyote, and dog come together in a weirdly effective hybrid.
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Here's a great example.

Terramagne-America works similarly.

* Schools are required to offer  classes that cover sexual health and safety, relationships, and so forth.  Parents may opt out their kids from classes, but not the information, so if the children want to attend then they can.  Withholding vital biological and psychological information constitutes child abuse -- bad sexual mistakes can and do kill people.  Most medium or larger employers have suitable education for adults, and so do community centers.

* It is illegal to pressure or force  anyone into any sexualized activity, including unwelcome conversations.  Therefore schools and employers may not require everyone  to attend such classes.  Schools may require sexual content for classes where it is directly relevant (gynecology, gender studies, etc.) and employers may for job-related reasons (rape counselors, etc.).  This prevents abuse of asexuals and late bloomers, some of whom feel extremely uncomfortable if anyone makes them listen to sex stuff.

* It begins at a level with things like "A mommy and a daddy put their bodies together in a special way to make a baby" and "Your body belongs to you.  It is wrong for anyone to touch your body without your consent or in ways that make you feel bad."  By junior high and high school, there is a real emphasis on practice relationships: exploring what you like in a friend or romantic partner, what you enjoy doing with your own body and how to talk about that with someone else, how to get started in a relationship you'd like to become serious, how to disengage gracefully, and so forth.  A wide range of options are presented from friendship for small children through romance and eventually sex for teens.

* And the results are the same in T-America as in countries here with good sex ed: later entry to sexual activity, better awareness of safety and respect, fewer sex crimes, fewer unplanned pregnancies and STDs, higher satisfaction, etc.
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Here's a case where the science is really blatant, about how football causes brain damage, but people with money don't want to admit it.  So instead of fixing the problem, they rip into the people studying it.  This is what leads to avoidable injuries, brain drain in the sciences, and the public opinion of science being so shitty.  Because when you mix money and politics with science, you don't really have science anymore.  Of course people distrust that.  >_<
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I am all asquee over this bit of linguistic news that archaic words are regaining crowd appeal.  Why?  Because it's a triangulation point helping to confirm my hypothesis that the frame has popped off and English is in one of its phases of rapid evolution, like the Great Vowel Shift.  Whenever that happens, there's a big uptick in archaic resurgence because as the language retools itself, people check the attic for things that might be usable to fill gaps they're finding that inspired such a major change in the first place.  It's a time when the usual rules are suspended enough to permit drastic revisions of practice.  So you see certain words appearing and disappearing from common use, like skipping a stone across a lake, if you track them out over centuries.

*chuckle*  Slightly marred by those of us whose farmemory and taste in literature have always led us to use "alas" as an everyday word.
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After about a 20-year gap, the Navy is teaching celestial navigation again.  Someone there fin-al-ly realized that it was a terrible weakness to rely altogether on technology.  With that, my SF story "Clean Sweep" becomes obsolete.  \o/
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This study showed how names influence imagination

I've always annoyed people trying to apply these tests, because I stop with, "I don't know anything more about that person.  All you've given me is a name.  That doesn't contain the information you're asking for."  Or a picture.  Or whatever.  Because it could be boy named Sue or a white Irish kid named Javier.

Sometimes when I'm naming characters they just tell me.  Sometimes I go looking for things that match.  I like using ethnic names because it's a chance for wider representation.  I often look up the demographics of a region to find locally common names and ethnic groups.  But every once in a while they do something off-pattern, like sex-swapped names, or the Louisiana woman who started screaming curses in Italian.

Assumptions are bug spots that'll stop you from seeing what's really in front of you.
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Strong evidence points to the presence of liquid water on Mars.  Yes, now!  :D  We totally need a new mission to Mars so we can explore this.  Preferably in person!
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 [personal profile] lynnoconnacht has done a terrific analysis of the Hugos by country.  Readers are cordially invited to replicate those results.  Discussion of implications is also welcome, as long as people keep it civil.  Basically, this analysis shows the overwhelming slant toward U.S. works, although the Hugos are theoretically global.  We're making progress toward diversity, but have a long way to go. 
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 It turns out that J.R.R. Tolkien drew a lot more illustrations of Middle-Earth than previously shared.  :D
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So Disney is making a new version of The Jungle Book. I have seen many versions of this story, in live action and animation. This one ... daaaaaaamn. Scarlett Johansson is Kaa. I may never be able to think of Kaa as male again. SHUT UP AND TAKE MAH MONEY!
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 This interactive map shows the vast variety in sex/gender identities in cultures around the world.  Stuff that in the binary hat and wear it.


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