August 22, 2019

Culture

"If only some women can be categorized as “real,” what becomes of the women outside those boundaries? Women can’t be divided neatly into models and “real” women."

"When college is held up as the one, true path to success, parents—especially highly educated ones—may worry when their children opt for vocational school instead."

"Aspirational content, akin to thousand-dollar "Vogue" spreads or "Travel & Leisure" editorials, bank on creating a sense of fantasy—however the actual return is low for most users."

"This is quite convenient: to take a tiny minority group like Jews and accuse them constantly and systematically of being white supremacists."

"The campaign by left-wing student protestors and some faculty to force Western universities to “decolonize the curriculum” has been surprisingly successful."

"Bravery Day. Deadline Day. A day dedicated to reaching out to the people you’ve lost touch with. Which do you want to see celebrated more broadly?"

"Pyt doesn’t have an exact English translation. It’s more a cultural concept about cultivating healthy thoughts to deal with stress... It most closely translates to the English sayings, “Don’t worry about it,” “stuff happens” or “oh, well.”"

" Explaining a panic attack is a little like explaining an explosion... you cannot truly convey a swelling balloon of heat, a concussion in the air, the lancing pain of shrapnel, in words."

"I can’t really get mad at Bob Kraft. I know I’m supposed to summon the Outrage, but the only outrage I can find is against America right now, and against the Internet that is making it into what it is."

"Versions of these place-destroying structures are to be found in every city in the world today, sometimes reshaped into gadgets, like the Walkie-Talkie building in London, more often just dulled down into blank mirrors..."

"The decline of traditional faith in America has coincided with an explosion of new atheisms. Some people worship beauty, some worship political identities, and others worship their children. But everybody worships something."

"...the Smollett story, if the “trajectory” leads to evidence of fakery, would actually reveal something else modern America is about: victimhood chic."

"I knew I was gay when I was eight years old, at least subconsciously... I didn’t know that I was a political conservative for many more years, until I came of age in an era of political correctness and resurgent socialism..."

"While people of color may not have risen to the same level of prominence as minorities just yet, there is a growing sense that the former should replace the latter when specifically referring to people who aren’t white."

"Racial capitalism is the process of getting some sort of social or economic benefit from someone else’s racial identity. In the United States, this usually, though not always, involves white people benefiting from nonwhite racial identity."

"[There's] a subgenre known as National Socialist black metal, which espouses neo-Nazi views and has been described by the Southern Poverty Law Center as aiming to recruit youth to white-supremacist causes."

There’s no doubt that Atlantic City is going under. The only question left is: Can an entire city donate its body to science?

At the 2019 Westminster Dog Show, King, a wire fox terrier, took home the coveted "Best in Show." Here are some pictures of the year's biggest dog show.

"The number of unsheltered homeless living in their cars is growing. Safe Parking programs from San Diego to King County are here to help them."

"Every generation or two, our offices completely change, driven by culture and consultants. Cubicles, perhaps the most reviled of these trends, were supposed to be the apex of office design."

"Understanding how languages emerge and survive holds great interest for researchers, since many languages are slipping away in increasing numbers around the world."

"Such works lose their validity by being installed in a confined, closed museum display space. Wrested from their seminal creative context, their specific spatial venue, no longer part of a complex urban weave – they become “works of art.”"

"As much as we might like to think that we are open to a broad range of viewpoints and perspectives, we too have areas that are as unchallengeable and as closed to debate as a Christian college’s faith requirements."

"Yugoslavia’s distinctive history within the Eastern Bloc produced a thrilling variety of buildings that frequently departed from the prefabricated monotony of Soviet construction."

"In American professional sports the vast majority of teams are owned by rich, older white men. Black and brown bodies perform on the sports field..."

"If self-deception is paradoxical, the experience itself is even more perplexing. Unlike the immediacy of other experiences, how it feels to be self-deceived is knowable only retrospectively, after the spell has been broken."

In 2018, the science of HIV and the laws devised to limit its spread are jarringly dissonant. Not least, the mere fact of having HIV can still be a criminal offence in countries where living with the virus now mostly means having a normal lifespan.."

"Nothing says “end of the world” like a big fake clock. The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists gave its annual Doomsday Clock presentation on Thursday and announced that it’s still two minutes to midnight. "

"San Francisco has created the nation's first official transgender cultural district to keep gentrification in check. Among the neighborhood gems is Aunt Charlie's Lounge — one of the Tenderloin's few remaining gay drinking spots. "

"The wall, then—what is it about? It is about hatred. Hatred has the unique quality, among the emotions, of being discursive. You can be happy or melancholy or heartbroken without saying so. But to hate is to vent."

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