Friday, February 13, 2015

Friday Reading

George North and the slow death of the strong silent type
Athletes today are the antithesis of the strong silent type, and not necessarily by choice. They are analysed and measured, watched and reviewed more than almost anyone else outside of astronauts. In the back of George’s shirt on Saturday was a monitor that picks up a wealth of data about performance, heart rate and impacts – if you’ve ever wondered why rugby players are loath to swap shirts on the pitch these days it’s because a typical match day shirt will have over a thousand pounds worth of technology sewn into the back. Often players are substituted not because of what a  coach sees, but because the analyst looks up from his laptop and relays the critical data.
Read More at Sometimes, it's just a cigar


Western Apologies
by Somayra Ismailjee
Islamophobia has many faces. We saw it when millions marched under the banner of “Je suis Charlie” proclaiming support for freedom of speech – in reality, affirming the power of a viciously Islamophobic publication. We see it again now in the three young, promising Muslim lives taken by a white supremacist, a violent anti-theist, on Tuesday.
Read More at Media Diversified


The Day I (Almost) Became a Woman
by Key Ballah
I remember that day, standing in the doorway of my room, watching my cousin in all of his entitlement and liberty. One leg on the coffee table, the other draped over the couch, stretching and contorting Spider-Man’s poor face. I watched the women in our house cater to him, speak softly to him, tell him how handsome he was, how much he looked like his father. They let him be a 12-year-old boy. 
I didn’t have the vocabulary to describe how angry I was at him for this, or why. At the age of ten, my body had already begun to fill out. I was one of those girls who bypassed the training bra phase. I thought of the hushed ways in which my family talked to me about my body, the way buying bras in the women’s section was a secret, something my Aunties would talk about amongst themselves in concern and silent upheaval.
Read more at Love, InshAllah


A Body-Literate Society (The Case for Sex Ed Part 2)
by Jeana Jorgensen
As a folklorist, I’m aware that there are narratives and beliefs informally circulating in every society that may not be scientifically accurate. This is only a problem when there’s not an evidence-based program to rigorously counter these narratives (often urban legends) and beliefs. The book Did You Hear About the Girl Who…? Contemporary Legends, Folklore, & Human Sexuality by biologist Mariamne Whatley and folklorist Elissa Henken documents and interprets many of these folklore items which are currently in circulation.
Read More at Sex Ed with Dr. Jeana


Lost Wild High Line
by Jeremiah Moss
About a decade ago, Damon Hoydysh, founder of Highline Studios, climbed up onto the old, pre-gentrified High Line and shot a whole bunch of film--of the weedy wilderness and graffiti tunnels before they were turned into artisanal food courts and tourist outlooks.

He shares it here for a first exclusive look (be sure to watch on full screen)



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