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These Tweets Prove That It's Practically Halloween Already https://www.buzzfeed.com/mjs538/this-is-not-a-drill-its-july-and-stores-already-have-their

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:D :D :D

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👻🎃🙀

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NO.

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On the Eve of My Eternal Marking https://www.theparisreview.org/blog/2019/07/10/on-the-eve-of-my-eternal-marking/

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"Tomorrow, I will receive the sacred blessing of a Sak Yant, a talismanic, ancient, protective, and mystical stick-and-poke tattoo from one of the most revered spiritual masters in Thailand. This, however, was not a decision I made for myself: my mother said she had a premonition; it was overwhelming. She told me I needed this tattoo for protection. Such tattoos are simply part of Thai culture, especially as it is lived by the peasant class, a class that, without power or money or resources, depends on luck and superstition to bank their hopes and dreams and visions of someday. Superstition or no, my mother says I need the protection. And soon. So here I find myself, in the country of my birth, on the eve of an eternal marking."

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"Despite my mother’s flight to the United States and her hard-earned financial stability and despite my being a professor with a Ph.D., here, I am still of the peasant class. I will always be. I am unsophisticated. I am of the country. I am not the daughter of an educated Bangkok doctor like the Thai girls I met in college. I speak differently. My word choices, my expressions, my way of speech gives me away. Peasant, my Thai words say, no matter what I say. Or perhaps these characterizations are mere fabrications of my insecurities."

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"After my first trip to Thailand, I went to college and I learned what cashmere was. I still didn’t know to wear a scarf when it got cold. My hall mates came back from winter break with beautiful J. Crew sweaters. I took a sociology course, Introduction to Anthropology. I remember one classmate in particular wore pearls so big they were cartoonish; indeed, her pearls were a bit reminiscent of Wilma Flintstone’s. We watched a film in which foragers found bird nests full of baby birds. The girl with the cartoon pearls flinched at the savage scene of the third-world inhabitants collecting their supper. I felt ashamed by her looking away. I felt shame for the world I had just left."

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Catapult | Are We Ever Disabled ‘Enough’ When You Don’t See Our Disabilities? | s.e. smith https://catapult.co/stories/are-we-ever-disabled-enough-when-you-dont-see-our-disabilities-s-e-smith

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"Few things are truly invisible. Few people are truly invisible. In the waiting room at the psychiatrist’s, I see a person exhibiting the tell-tale signs of tardive dyskinesia, a rare and sometimes irreversible side effect of some psychiatric medications—smacking their lips and tossing their head, hands twitching, vocalizing aimlessly, embarrassment and frustration in their eyes. Their illness is not invisible to me. The tight, distant expression of a friend with chronic pain on a stiff walk to the car is not invisible to me. The instant assessment to determine where bathrooms are and whether they are occupied from a friend with Crohn’s, that, too, is visible, as is the quiet rocking of an autistic friend at dinner. It is not so much that these things are invisible as it is that people are trained to hide them, and society is conditioned to look away from them. "

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"Some call it the hierarchy of disability; the complex calculus of who is “more disabled” that some people seem to enjoy engaging in. Those with very evident disabilities are at the top of this hierarchy, while those who can pass as nondisabled are somewhere toward the bottom. Members of both groups can come to resent each other, for members of both can be remarkably unthoughtful about each other; the wheelchair user who does not understand why an ASL interpreter is necessary, the mentally ill person who misses the lip at the entry to the restaurant, the person with chronic pain frustrated by demands for alt text on the images they post so blind and low vision people understand what is happening. "

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"What might the world be like, I wonder, if we could stop judging everyone for asking for accommodations, if we could silently build a place that is welcoming and inclusive for all bodies, if we could stop treating accommodation and respect like finite resources that will run out if we don’t hoard them? “Be kind,” says an oft-misattributed quote that seems to have arisen from the zeitgeist, “for everyone around you is fighting a hard battle.” Seen and unseen, I do not want people to pity me or feel awkward when they realize that I am not what they expected. I just want them to tell me where the elevators are, and keep their thoughts about why I am using them to themselves. "

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A Prosperous China Says ‘Men Preferred,’ and Women Lose https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/16/world/asia/china-women-discrimination.html

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"Bella Wang barely noticed the section on the application inquiring whether she was married or had children. Employers in China routinely ask women such questions, and she had encountered them before in job interviews. It was a surprise, though, after she accepted a position as a manager at the company, a big language-training business in the northern city of Tianjin, when she was told the job came with a condition. As a married woman without children, she would have to sign a “special agreement” promising not to get pregnant for two years. If she broke that promise, the company said, she could be fired, without compensation. Ms. Wang, 32, fluent in English with a degree in international trade, was outraged — but she signed."

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"In a break with the Marxist ambition of liberating women from patriarchal oppression, President Xi has called on women to embrace their “unique role” in the family and “shoulder the responsibilities of taking care of the old and young, as well as educating children.” “No Communist leader before Xi has dared to openly say that women should shoulder the domestic burden,” Professor Wang said. Eager to preserve the stability of the family unit, the party has also done little to help women following a recent court ruling that weakened their claim to property in divorce proceedings. And with divorce numbers on the rise, millions of Chinese women have been cut out of the nation’s real-estate boom, experts say."

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"When Sharon Shao approached several divorce lawyers in the spring of 2013, they all had the same advice: Don’t bother taking your husband to court. You have no hope of getting the apartment. It did not matter that she had been the primary breadwinner for most of their marriage and had made all the mortgage payments. It did not matter that he hit her. It did not matter that he had cheated on her. None of it mattered because her husband’s parents had put up the down payment and because her name was not on the property title. Under a ruling issued by China’s highest court in 2011, the lawyers said, that meant the apartment was his."

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"Chinese law had previously recognized a family’s home as joint property in divorce proceedings. But the 2011 ruling held that real estate purchased before marriage, either outright or on mortgage, should revert to the buyer in a divorce — and that is usually the husband. Driven by the popular belief that a woman will only marry a man if he owns a home, families often save for years to help their sons buy an apartment. Experts say the high court was responding to fears that women were using marriage to swindle their in-laws out of their savings."

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How Not to Smuggle Cocaine: Atop Your Head, Under a Hairpiece - The New York Times https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/16/world/europe/cocaine-smuggle-toupee.html

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"The Spanish police on Tuesday announced the arrest of a Colombian man whose idea of hiding half a kilogram of cocaine — more than a pound — was to put the package, a few inches thick, on top of his head and cover it with an oversized toupee. The man, whose identity was not revealed, was detained last month at Barcelona’s airport after he landed on a flight from Bogotá. He attracted the attention of airport police officers both because he appeared nervous and because of the size of the bulging hairpiece that he wore under a hat, according to the Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia."

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"The national police tweeted photos of the suspect, a 65-year-old man, on Tuesday. A large gray lump, apparently wrapped in cellophane, was perched atop his mostly bald head — one image showed him with the toupee balanced precariously over his head, and one without."

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Photo: https://twitter.com/policia/status/1151062667341094912/photo/1

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Call for Submissions: On Monsters https://therumpus.net/2019/07/call-for-submissions-on-monsters/

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"America is a monster. Religion is a monster. Art can be a monster, particularly when you’re trying to balance your creative and domestic responsibilities. Time is a monster. Greed is a monster. Racism is a monster. Death is perhaps the biggest monster of them all. A monster lives in our White House, who does monstrous things every day. There are children in cages on our border whose parents aren’t there to shoo away the monsters."

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"This October, as we approach Halloween, two years since the Harvey Weinstein story broke and just over a year since the Kavanaugh hearings, we’ll be exploring the theme, “On Monsters.” We want to hear about your monsters: Who or what are they? How have you defeated or tamed or reconsidered them? What does it mean to be monstrous yourself? What are you afraid of in the middle of the night, and how do you manage that fear? What makes a monster?"

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"We’re accepting essay submissions through Saturday, August 31. You’ll find our full guidelines at and can submit through our Rumpus submission manager powered by Submittable. Be lyric, be wild, be brave. We’ll bring the anti-monster spray; you bring the incantations."

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Penguins ignore police, return to sushi shop | RNZ News https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/394443/penguins-ignore-police-return-to-sushi-shop

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"Police said the "waddling vagrants were removed from their sushi stand refuge earlier today by Constable John Zhu" after being told they were there about 6.30am. The pair were temporarily detained by Wellington police before being released back into Wellington Harbour, they said. However, the owners of the shop tonight told RNZ the birds had again crossed busy traffic lanes between the harbour and the station to the sushi bar. The Department of Conservation was called in and removed the small birds for a second time this evening."

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"Wini Morris works at the sushi shop where the penguins hid. She said she heard them making a cooing, humming sound, and that the birds likely hid near the grills beneath the shop - where it was nice and warm. "It's pretty insane the idea that some penguins are camping out under your shop. "But it's adorable I think - they're probably terrified but it's adorable.""

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"DOC volunteer Mike Rumble, who helped remove the penguins the second time, said it was wishful thinking to hope they might stay in the nesting box they were placed in on the waterfront. "It's a natural characteristic of the penguins - they will always return to where they possibly were nesting. "That's why here, tonight, even though this is a good 200m-300m away, I wouldn't be surprised if the owner of the sushi bar says 'they're back'."

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ACAB

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Man goes shopping online, makes himself a set of Song dynasty armor https://shanghai.ist/2019/07/16/man-goes-shopping-online-makes-himself-a-set-of-song-dynasty-armor/

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"In case he should need to go on the offensive, he’s also equipped with a bow and a polearm."

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Not bad!

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Is it okay to laugh at the Florida man meme? - The Washington Post https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/magazine/wp/2019/07/15/feature/is-it-okay-to-laugh-at-florida-man-2/?utm_term=.d959afd59556

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"Since Florida Man was first defined on Twitter in 2013 as the “world’s worst superhero,” many men (and it’s almost always men) have assumed the mantle. He is a man of a thousand tattooed faces, a slapstick outlaw, an Internet-traffic gold mine, a cruel punchline, a beloved prankster, a human tragedy and, like some other love-hate American mascots, the subject of burgeoning controversy."

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"At its most comical, the Florida Man phenomenon encapsulates the wildness of both America and the Internet. At its most salacious, it’s a social-media update on the true-crime TV of “America’s Dumbest Criminals” and the gallows humor of tabloid headlines. At its most insensitive, Florida Man profits by punching down at the homeless, drug-addicted or mentally ill. Florida Man has become an American folk hero with all the contradictions of his predecessors, who, from John Henry to Buffalo Bill, were always a mix of what Hatfield calls the “half of what happened” and “half of what didn’t.” What those old folk tales and our new viral memes have in common is that they tend to reveal more about the kind of stories we want to share than the people they’re ostensibly about."

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"Florida Man is a microcosm of the way so many of us are struggling with the ethics of how to behave on the Internet, and how easily an ironic joke, multiplied by millions of shares, can begin to feel like freak-show mockery or viral cyberbullying. As isolated jokes, Florida Man riffs seem harmless enough; in aggregate it feels as if they’ve become part of a larger culture that reduces people in the criminal justice system to villains or punchlines, while stripping away the context of systemic problems. The Reddit forum moderator has asked contributors to remember that Florida Man “doesn’t do dark and overly morbid things” — to no avail. Craig Pittman, author of “Oh, Florida!,” a loving compendium of Floridian shenanigans, told the Columbia Journalism Review that he had begun to be more selective about the stories he promoted. “Is the person homeless?” he said. “If that is the case, I won’t post the story.”"

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On Eve’s Temptation and the Monsters We Make of Hungry Women | Nina Li Coomes https://catapult.co/stories/on-eves-temptation-and-the-monsters-we-make-of-hungry-women-nina-coomes

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"That day, staring at my squash, shifting my weight so that I couldn’t hear my stomach growling, I began to think of the obsessive quality of hunger. How it changed my personality, making me sharp and snappish, and how eating anything made me feel not satisfaction but a hushed relief. Sitting on the floor, my knees pressed into my chest, my arms clutched together, I felt that hunger made me primordial somehow, more animal, closer to my origins. This mingled with years of Protestant Sunday School teachings, and so I found myself wondering if Eve, the ‘original’ woman, had simply said yes to the serpent because she’d been hungry. Had Adam known to feed her? Had she been able to feed herself, nameless as she was? If you were starving, had been starving for days, wouldn’t you have taken the fruit too? Could the entire fall of mankind from God’s grace be pinned on a woman who simply had the misfortune of being hungry? "

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"I find myself reflecting on other women depicted as monstrous for their hunger; Pandora and her box, Snow White and her apple. The appearance of lacking desire goes beyond the bounds of etiquette or being ‘ladylike’ and instead crosses into the realm of a moral imperative. Which is to say, a just, good, decent woman is a woman who is free of any type of hunger, be it physical hunger for food, hunger as desire, or hunger as ambition. Conversely, a woman sickened with sin is one who is riddled with said hungers, reduced to a gaping mouth never satisfied. "

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"There is a prayer in the Catholic faith, commonly said after the completion of the rosary, wherein the person praying refers to the faithful as “poor, banished children of Eve.” As I grow older, I feel more and more intensely that I dislike this phrase, or at least do not identify with it. I am a matter-of-fact daughter of Eve: in Eve and in her appetite, I find a lineage for my faith and my hunger, a way to hold two things I have been told live in opposition if one is a woman. Though I still live with desire uneasily, not quite allowing it to attach itself to my body, perhaps one day I will inhabit it as Eve once did: acquiescing to it, punished, and yet still the Mother of Humanity. Perhaps what I have been told about hungerless women and our sin will prove itself wrong. Perhaps the scrabbling animal thing I have long held off will soften, feathering, an amber-purple fist throbbing in my gullet. "

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Related somewhat: https://www.frontierpoetry.com/2018/10/10/spa-2nd-leila-chatti/

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Why On Earth Are So Many Millennials Becoming Nuns? https://www.huffpost.com/highline/article/millennial-nuns/

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"A 2008 Pew Research Center study found that Catholicism lost more adherents in the late 20th century than any other religion in the U.S. About a third of Americans raised Catholic reported that they had left the church. The contraction hit church staff, too—its priesthood and its community of nuns. In 1965, America had 180,000 perpetually professed Catholic sisters, the technical term for women who have pledged their lives to chastity, poverty, obedience and serving the church. By 2010, that number tanked to fewer than 50,000. In 2009, more Catholic sisters in America were over 90 years old than under 60. But right around the time I began to notice my high school classmates’ burgeoning faith, something flipped. After 50 years of decline, the number of young women “discerning the religious life”—or going through the long process of becoming a Catholic sister—is substantially increasing. In 2017, 13 percent of women from age 18 to 35 who answered a Georgetown University-affiliated survey of American Catholics reported that they had considered becoming a Catholic sister. That’s more than 900,000 young women, enough to repopulate the corps of “women religious” in a couple of decades, even if only a fraction of them actually go through with it."

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^^ exactly!

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY @soup!!!

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Happy, happy birthday @soup!

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Thank you!

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Couple save girl from pond while taking wedding photos at the park – shanghaiist https://shanghai.ist/2019/07/12/couple-save-girl-from-pond-while-taking-wedding-photos-at-the-park/

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"Afterward, the couple refused to leave their names. However, their good deed was caught on camera with netizens calling the shot the “loveliest wedding photo of all.”"

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All best to them.

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Know What I Mean, Ron? https://bittersoutherner.com/from-the-southern-perspective/know-what-i-mean-ron-ernest-p-worrell-goes-to-washington-jim-varney

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"Ernest went to camp and to jail. He saved Christmas and was scared stupid. He won two Emmys for his one-season-long children's show on CBS. For a few years, Ernest was a phenomenon. And he was a Southern phenomenon. Perhaps the least exaggerated of Ernest’s characteristics was his accent, which was similar to Varney's own Kentucky lilt. This had to have been a choice. Ernest ads aired across the nation, so there wasn't a need to sound like a particular region. And Varney was able to take on other accents handily. He decided to keep Ernest southern. And that day at the White House, he played his other characters as Southern, too."

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"When describing how he played Ernest, Varney once said, "Everyone knows someone like that." In this way, Ernest is a stack of stereotypes. He's an amalgamation of surface-level Southern traits, played on screen with first-hand familiarity and comedic exaggeration. But Varney does something different with the audience’s recognition of these traits. He declines to take it for granted. A viewer doesn't have to know someone like Ernest in order to laugh at him. In this way, he's not a stereotype at all."

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"Varney was surely aware of Southern stereotypes. In one interview, he differentiated himself as a "Hill William" because he had indoor plumbing. Yet Ernest's Southernness stops at his voice. Varney was willing to take pratfalls and twist his naturally handsome face into comic grotesqueries, but he didn't go for outright hillbilly humor. This may explain why some of Ernest's best work, apart from the commercials, was for children. "Children don't have that knowledge of Southern stereotypes, they just sort of come to Ernest and take him at face value," says David Pagano, a filmmaker and one of the hosts of Ernest Goes to Podcast. Adults not only assume things about Ernest as a character, they assume things about who the movies are for. “That's where you start to get certain people who will look down their nose at him,” Pagano says. “It's like, 'Oh, I know what Ernest is — even without watching the movies, I got it: He's dumb, gross-out humor. And he's a Southern person.' It's filling in the blanks incorrectly. Ernest is more than that.""

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I think I said once on FriendFeed that my friend Jessica was Jim Varney's goddaughter. She had a photo from him that was autographed "from your godpappy." https://m.facebook.com/RockCandyTours/posts/1012562285448141

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Finding Small Comfort in the Panic of Shirley Jackson | Literary Hub https://lithub.com/finding-small-comfort-in-the-panic-of-shirley-jackson/

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"Shirley Jackson, a writer I’ve felt a deep connection to, was no stranger to anxiety as well. Like me, she lived and wrote in Vermont, and was a mother, simultaneously delighted by the charms and appalled by the indignities of motherhood. And, for a period of time, she couldn’t leave her house to walk to her car without experiencing paralyzing panic."

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"In ghost stories, and certainly in Hill House, the object of horror is regularly located outside of the characters’ minds. Here is something to be afraid of—this presence with its laughter, its footsteps—something separate from my own complicated psyche. What a fierce relief to be afraid of something outside of my own mind, to escape the whims of my amygdala, to thrill and tremble and shiver at horrors any rational being would fear. Ghosts stories give form or voice or substance or agency to the invisible currents of my panic."

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"Terror and joy (jubilation, in Shirley’s words) don’t deaden each other, but race on together in parallel. I’ve wondered if my own moments of elation—so bright and sharp they almost haunt me—exist despite my panic, or because of it. After all terror and exhilaration feel so similar: heartbeat, pulse and caught breath, tight muscles, squeezed ribcage. Don’t misunderstand me; panic disorder is no gift. I’d do almost anything to cut it from my life. It quite literally haunts me, affecting my marriage and friendships, my parenting, my work. I hate it, and I’m afraid of it."

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The Dress Hasn't Changed, But The Girls Have : The Picture Show : NPR https://www.npr.org/sections/pictureshow/2019/07/07/712253441/the-dress-hasnt-changed-but-the-girls-have?utm_source=pocket-newtab

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"To be one of the 50 Azalea Trail Maids, you have to be chosen — and only those with impressive resumes get the honor. The girls Rutledge profiled were valedictorians, National Merit Scholarship winners and even in ROTC. And the interview process is extensive. "A lot of them take classes and rehearse for years," Rutledge says. The selective process and preparation is meant to prepare them to be ambassadors for their town — a modern version of the Southern belle."

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"Rutledge hopes her project will help people work through what seem like contradictions: very accomplished women wearing Southern plantation-era gowns while representing Alabama's third-largest city. "There's sort of a disconnect between what the dress represents historically and these multicultural, highly accomplished modern young women who wear it now," she says. "They're not exact replicas, but they are modeled after the attire of the white Southern plantation-era elite, which means that they are the gowns that were once worn by the wives of slave owners. ... I really want people to be asking these questions around gender and identity and race and the tensions that are created from being a young Southern black woman wearing an antebellum hoop skirt.""

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Chinese teen skips rope 143 times in 30 seconds, breaks own Double Dutch world record again https://shanghai.ist/2019/07/10/chinese-teen-skips-rope-143-times-in-30-seconds-breaks-own-double-dutch-word-record-again/

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"A team of teenaged Double Dutch champs from China has broken their own world record once again, managing an astonishing 143 jumps in just 30 seconds at a jump rope competition in Norway."

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‘Use a bit of common sense’: A gender-reveal party stunt ends with a car erupting in flames https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2019/07/10/gender-reveal-party-car-flames-australia/?utm_term=.1e6ddc66be80

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"The black sedan parked in the middle of a country road in Australia’s Gold Coast spins its wheels while an expectant pregnant couple looks on. Lovingly wrapping their arms around each other, they watch as the first tiny puffs of smoke emerge, then build into a billowing blue cloud. The soon-to-be father pumps his fists in the air: They’re having a boy. The sedan speeds up and starts to spin a celebratory donut as an enthusiastic group of onlookers surrounds the car, filming the brightly-colored scene on their cellphones. Then, out of nowhere, massive flames shoot out from the back tires. Fire begins to engulf the vehicle, turning the gauzy plumes of bright blue smoke into a more ominous black."

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"“This is the first one I’ve seen like this,” a spokeswoman for the Queensland Police Service told The Washington Post. “Usually, people just have a cake.”"

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"In the United States, expectant parents have jumped out of planes, painted the sky with crop dusters, and recruited alligators to help reveal their future child’s sex. There have been some disasters, most notably the Arizona Border Patrol agent who inadvertently started a 47,000-acre wildfire while shooting at a target filled with the explosive Tannerite and colored powder, and ended up on the hook for $8 million in restitution. [Watch a man shoot a box of explosives to announce his baby boy — and start an $8 million wildfire] But in Australia, the Guardian noted in November, burnouts have become “the main high-risk behavior associated with the gender-reveal event.” The country is home to a thriving subculture of burnout enthusiasts who compete to see who can produce the most smoke from their muscle cars, and in 2015, a Queensland car enthusiast revealed that he was expecting a daughter by custom-ordering tires that spewed pink smoke and doing donuts in a parking lot."

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I don't usually go straight to "oughta be a law," but... especially in fire-prone areas, there oughta be a law.

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"Hey everyone, it's going to be a Boy/Girl/Snuffleupagus!" Done.

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Can a waltz be a form of activism? Ask these same-gender ballroom dancers. - The Washington Post https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/magazine/can-a-waltz-be-a-form-of-activism-ask-these-same-gender-ballroom-dancers/2019/07/05/04dfed7a-9448-11e9-aadb-74e6b2b46f6a_story.html

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"These days, same-gender ballroom dancing is much more commonplace. A male couple recently reached the finals on the Italian “Dancing With the Stars,” and ballroom dancing has been an officially recognized sport at the quadrennial Gay Games since 1998. And yet same-gender couples are still not welcome in the rigidly gendered world of traditional ballroom dancing. They can’t, for instance, compete in competitions organized by USA Dance, the official organization of competitive social dancing in the United States. In Washington, according to Chasteen, Ghidini and Louisy are among just a handful of same-gender ballroom dancers, compared with “hundreds” of same-gender country-western dancers."

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"Ghidini and Louisy are not coupled in life — Ghidini is married to his partner of 25 years, and Louisy has a boyfriend of over a year — but they turned out to be very well-matched as dancers. To prepare for this summer’s EuroGames, Chasteen choreographed six routines, three Latin and three international ballroom, each of which they will have to perform twice, since they are entering both the senior and open divisions. With so many couples on the dance floor at a time, judges often see only a few seconds of each couple, so the pressure is on to get every little detail perfect, given that a misstep at the wrong time could mean disaster. Luckily, both men are used to this level of pressure from their day jobs. “We are both very perfectionistic,” Ghidini says."

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"Traditional ballroom dancing enacts a caricature of socially prescribed gender roles. The male partner is the leader; the female partner, the follower. The male partner’s movements are meant to be sharp and decisive, while the female dancer is meant to be flowy and expressive. Women wear swishy, feathered gowns and exaggerated makeup, while men mostly restrict themselves to a bit of glitter or mesh panels on their black pantsuits. Same-gender ballroom dancing challenges these norms while also challenging the dancers themselves, who often learn to both lead and follow. On the night I visited, Louisy and Ghidini were practicing the “switch” moment in their rumba. As the leader, Louisy told me, “you have to have this machismo thing,” and he ducked his head down to approximate a sultry stare. When he switches, though, “you go from the machismo thing to be a little more like a flower,” raising one of his large, strong doctor’s hands in a delicate gesture, as if lifting a teacup. “It’s not being feminine,” Chasteen explained. “It’s just being passive and more elegant.” Ghidini and Louisy are planning to attempt the switch halfway through each routine without losing a beat, something that is extremely difficult and a bit of a showoff move in competition."

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Snowball The Dancing Cockatoo Spontaneously Creates New Dance Moves https://www.forbes.com/sites/grrlscientist/2019/07/08/snowball-the-dancing-cockatoo-spontaneously-creates-new-dance-moves/?utm_source=The+Dance+Edit+Newsletter&utm_campaign=b526eef0e3-TheDanceEdit20190709&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_d041e7406a-b526eef0e3-65395337#499ca26b7d51

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"Snowball, the internationally famous dancing sulfur-crested cockatoo, has been busily creating new dance moves to further impress scientists. More than a decade ago, a medium sulfur-crested (eleonora) cockatoo, Cacatua galerita eleonora, named Snowball became an overnight sensation after he was spotted on YouTube energetically dancing to the beat of the Backstreet Boys’ “Everybody”. Another YouTube video from 2007 captured the 12-year-old cockatoo boogieing to Queen’s “Another One Bites The Dust”."

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"Professor Patel and a team of collaborators shared how remarkable Snowball’s dancing is. “In 2009 we published a study of Snowball [ref] showing he spontaneously synchronized his movements to the beat of music, something seen in every human culture but which had never been observed in a non-human animal,” Professor Patel explained in email. Many birds rely upon highly synchronized “dance” movements as part of courtship, but they haven’t been observed dancing to music. Other animals, such as moneys and bears, have been taught to dance, these performances do displays do not qualify as true dancing because they are the result of operant conditioning. These animals learn to move in a certain way to gain a reward or avoid a punishment. “Snowball developed this behavior spontaneously,” Professor Patel said. “He was never given a food reward for any of this. He was never taught to make dance moves.”"

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"Indeed, dancing is a form of social interaction for humans: people dance with other people more often than they dance alone. Is this also true for cockatoos? Professor Patel says the team are currently analyzing data from another experiment where they recorded Snowball under three conditions: listening to music by himself; listening to music with Ms. Schulz in the room; and listening to music while Ms. Schulz dances with him. The preliminary data are suggestive. For example, the research team noticed that Snowball dances in short bouts when he’s dancing alone (the average duration was 3.69 seconds). Consistent with the idea that dancing has a social function for Snowball, Ms. Schulz reported that he moves continuously when a human dances with him."

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Two Houses on the Eatonton-Milledgeville Road — THE BITTER SOUTHERNER https://bittersoutherner.com/two-houses-on-the-eatonton-milledgeville-road-flannery-oconnor-alice-walker?utm_source=The+Bitter+News&utm_campaign=7707639e24-2019_07_09_flannery_alice&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_8269ec3593-7707639e24-92236301&goal=0_8269ec3593-7707639e24-92236301&mc_cid=7707639e24&mc_eid=f96ca16616

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"That summer, my teacher flung a story in front of us whose setting was the very place — or, at least, adjacent to the very place — I had just left. We were to read O’Connor’s “Good Country People.” In the story, a prolonged illness brings Joy Hopewell back home to her native Georgia from some unspecified “away.” Joy, a recent recipient of a philosophy doctorate, accepts her prodigal daughterhood with disgruntled entitlement. “Joy had made it plain,” O’Connor writes, “that if it had not been for this condition, she would be far away from these red hills and good country people.” Joy’s mother, Mrs. Hopewell, does not know what to do with a daughter who has so wholly pivoted from the place she was raised. Mrs. Hopewell frets endlessly at her daughter’s choice, when Joy first moved away, to change her name: from the cheerful Joy to the “ugliest name in any language,” Hulga. With what I imagine to be a defeated shake of the head, Mrs. Hopewell laments that although her daughter may be brilliant, “she didn’t have a grain of sense.” "

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"“It was after a poetry reading I gave at a recently desegregated college in Georgia that someone mentioned that in 1952 Flannery O’Connor and I had lived within minutes of each other on the same Eatonton-to-Milledgeville road,” Alice Walker wrote in 1975. Walker, the celebrated activist and author with a cutting eye to race, gender, and the South, once wrote an essay called “Beyond the Peacock: The Reconstruction of Flannery O’Connor.” In it, Walker detailed a day when she visited Andalusia with her mother, after Walker realized how near her family and O’Connor had lived to each other on Highway 441. In college, Walker had read O’Connor incessantly, rarely thinking of the difference between O’Connor’s identity and her own. But when Walker discovered there were black writers whom she “had not been allowed to know,” she put O’Connor away and picked up Zora Neale Hurston and Nella Larson and Jean Toomer. Years later, when Walker was living up North, she planned a trip to visit both her old home and O’Connor’s. It was 22 years after the Walkers had moved from that house and 10 years after O’Connor’s death. “To this bit of nostalgic exploration I invited my mother,” Walker wrote, “who, curious about peacocks and abandoned houses, if not literature and writers, accepted.”"

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KENTUCKY — Looking at Appalachia https://lookingatappalachia.org/kentucky/ltctovgakpj9lsbcllx1oxybddg4zr

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Does anyone know what that plant is in the photo? D has been asking but I'm not from this region and I don't recognize it.

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Wikipedia's article is much more detailed than I expected, and correct AFAIK: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cultivation_of_tobacco

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Reductress » 7 Responses To Workplace Sexism That Are Just This Picture Of Megan Rapinoe http://reductress.com/post/7-responses-to-workplace-sexism-that-are-just-this-picture-of-megan-rapinoe/

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Following in the Wake of a Storybook Pony - The New York Times https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/08/travel/chincoteague-island-virginia-horses-marguerite-henry.html

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"For the more than 70 years since Henry’s best seller, Pony Penning has been a phenomenon — the real Misty was featured in Life Magazine several times, and the birth of her first foal was celebrated in 1960 with a day off from school for the local children. Visitors have swelled the town, population about 3,000, by as much as 40,000 people, on penning day, according to the chamber of commerce. Henry’s story has stoked the equestrian fantasies of little girls the world over, including one growing up in mostly horseless New York City — me."

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Hillbillies Need No Elegy — THE BITTER SOUTHERNER https://bittersoutherner.com/hillbillies-need-no-elegy-appalachian-reckoning

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"“Looking at Appalachia” is now in its fifth year, and continues to evolve as a project that enables self-representation. The website divides the selected images by the states they represent, and now includes 563 images. Scrolling through the website, you see Appalachia. Mechanics, farmers, poets, tattoo artists, preachers, and builders. Mountains under descending fog, mountains with their tops blasted off, mountains covered in snow. Car lots and tobacco barns and trailer parks and factories. Schools and rivers and kudzu and train tracks. Dancers and soldiers and barbers and loafers. Laughter and pride and sorrow and regret. You see Appalachia and know that it is also America."

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"The perception that mountain folk like to be poor serves someone — but it’s not the poor mountain folk. The representation of Appalachia as all white is not only inaccurate, but it preserves a false and destructive ideal of imaginary “pure white stock.” Images of decay and absence allow those in power to turn away from a place that has been forgotten, but has not disappeared. The narrow ideas that circulate about this broad place do active harm. To more fully understand a place — its real poverty alongside its potential for renovation, its history of fierce activism alongside the stories of extraction and abuse — requires a sort of patchwork panorama, made up of many angles and many points of view. "

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