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Sharing the love

Things we liked, or didn’t like, from around the internet this week.

From the Annals of Things We Don’t Really Want to Know: Scientists have found 1,400 strains of bacteria lurking in human belly buttons.. H/T: SciTechDaily.

“Feminazi!” – A Play in One Act, by Amanda of Pickled Think.

In praise of Joanne Rowling’s Hermione Granger series, by Sady Doyle.

Guest-posting at Feministe, hexy talks about True Blood and its depiction of female-on-male rape. (Spoiler and trigger warnings, obviously.)

ElevatorGate rolls on and on and on in the atheist/sceptic/science blog community. Here’s a summary and a reaction and a reflection on it all. For a case in point, see the second comment on the post.

This is how you deal with douchey misogynist radio competitions – give the breast implants to someone who actually needs them.

Dorothy Dentata gives a pointed serve to an article on Melissa Farley’s study on “sex buyers”. Note, “sex-buyers” include people who have viewed pornography in the last month, and yet somehow they’re also all men.

(Deb here: I’d just like to say that I logged in to add this post from Dorothy Dentata to the list for the week too. It’s a great post.)

Fear and loathing in Australian politics, or don’t be a woman in politics.

Via Feminist Philosophers, in a post titled, “These can’t be women – they have swords!”, some fascinating archaeological research where, doh, the researchers looked at bones rather than sword carrying to determine gender, and whaddyaknow, about half of those Viking ‘raiders’ were women.

4 responses to “Sharing the love

  1. Hugh July 24, 2011 at 1:23 am

    Why is ‘raider’ in quotations?

    • Emma July 24, 2011 at 11:07 am

      Hugh: I believe it’s because, while the traditional view of Vikings in Britain is that they basically came only to make short sharp attacks and then leave again, archaelogical evidence now seems to indicate that these “raiders” arrived with the intention of settling permanently.

  2. Scar July 25, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    Let’s just ignore the fact that some of these skeletons buried with male accoutrements may have been trans men.
    Oh wait, ancient skellies are only trans if it’s a male skeleton buried with female adornments, amirite?

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