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Sunday, July 14, 2013

Links - 14th July 2013

Why isn’t women’s clothing sized like men’s? - "styles change more often and trends age quickly. Meaning you could have a lot of inventory aging on the shelf that is returned (most department stores require an 85% sell through or you have to take it back) if the buyer chooses the wrong size mix. Men’s wear changes very slowly; the same style Dockers on the shelf is replenished, not changed from season to season 4 to 8 times a year like women’s clothing."

Post Production Allstar | Careers at abbywinters.com - "Our Vision: Motivated by principles of social responsibility, we deliver provocative media by embracing imagination, creativity and emerging technologies. Our models, customers and business partners are inspired by our fervid passion."
This is a porn company

PUB video goes viral for the wrong reasons - "An unfortunate segment shows Water Wally smiling in the background as a boy soaps himself in the shower and YouTube user “CaravelClerihew” points out the oddity. “So a man in an outfit is sneaking into bathrooms to watch a kid shower? Isn't this, y'know, illegal?”... Ironically, the first version of the video which was posted by PUB on YouTube on 26 March, did not feature the controversial short scene where Water Wally was in the shower with the boy. The first cut of the video only garnered 5,000 views but also received negative comments on how awful the video was... User “Dr PQ Jazz” wondered: “So basically, the best way to save water is to have spontaneous seizures?... A bit unfortunate but coincidental, the video going viral coincided with YouTube’s Comedy Week."

Douche Defender - Don't Date That Jerk! - "Have you ever fallen for the wrong man? With Douche Defender, have fun while learning hundreds of real-world tricks that pickup artists will use to get your phone number, your kisses, or even worse!"

For Fuck’s Sake Don’t Get A Cat - "I was asking after a friend of his who never got married or had children. He told me she had told him she was getting a cat. He had begged her not to, as that really was the beginning of the end. She had ignored him, and everything he had feared for her had come to pass. Now, whenever he rings her, she interrupts the conversation with, “Hey, Puss, hang on a minute, don’t worry, don’t worry, I am just talking to X, I won’t be a minute. Puss, puss, puss this, puss that”... "Of course she doesn’t have a new boyfriend; all her emotional energy is going into the bloody cat and no man wants to compete with some bleeding tabby. They don’t come anywhere near her"

William Frantz's answer to Girls and Young Women: Do women take it as compliment when someone turns back a few times to glance at them before they are out of sight? - Quora - "Rich men buy sports cars purely because they are fun to drive and easy to maintain. Svelte women enjoy the comfort of 3" heals and miniskirts. Nobody is gratified from the attention drawn by such superficial attributes."

That's no booth babe - "Technology/sex columnist Violet Blue (previously) has been reporting from this year's Macworld trade fair for ZDNet; among her reportage was a photograph of a woman sitting in a booth, labelled as "The Saddest Booth Babe In The World". Later it emerged that the woman in question was not, in fact, a booth babe (i.e., a model hired to smile, hand out flyers and appeal to the heterosexual male gaze) but rather an iOS developer presenting her products, hence her less-than-effervescent demeanour."

How To Have Sex In Any Kind Of Car - "

Stop Penalizing Boys for Not Being Able to Sit Still at School - "boys are kept back in schools at twice the rate of girls. Boys get expelled from preschool nearly five times more often than girls. Boys are diagnosed with learning disorders and attention problems at nearly four times the rate of girls. They do less homework and get a greater proportion of the low grades. Boys are more likely to drop out of school, and make up only 43 percent of college students.... Rather than penalize the boys' relatively higher energy and competitive drive, the most effective way to teach boys is to take advantage of that high energy, curiosity, and thirst for competition... Teachers have grown accustomed to the traditional classroom model: orderly classrooms made up of ruler-straight rows of compliant students. It's neat and predictable. But unless teachers stop to consider whether these traditional methods are working for both girls and boys, we will continue to give boys the short end of the educational stick."

Egyptian author appeals for protection following Islamist threats - "Hamed Abdel-Samad, a researcher in political and Islamic studies, was invited by Egypt's so-called 'Secularist Movement' to speak at a 4 June forum devoted to "Islamic fascism"... At the forum, Abdel-Samad asserted that "Islamic fascism" could trace its origins to "the return of the Muslims to Mecca [some 1500 years ago], when they... destroyed all the pagan idols." Before this, he added, "they had accepted religious pluralism in Medina... At this time, they had said, 'You have your religion and we have ours'"... "Even if he repents for what he said, he must be killed," Shabaan added. "His repentance might help him with God [in the afterlife], but he must be killed"... Abdel-Samad said the campaign against him constituted "proof" that the administration of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi was "trying to impose itself and its judgments on the community in the name of God and away from the judiciary and police"... "It's really ironic that a university professor [Shabaan] and an ex-terrorist [Abdel-Maged] are trying to exonerate Islam from charges of being fascist by doing something fascist – namely, killing someone for simply voicing an idea.""

President Gül approves law on alcohol sales
Would a "mildly Islamist" government restrict alcohol sales?

4 Jarring Signs of Turkey's Growing Islamization

Products That Really Shouldn't Exist - "#13 The Wine Rack. This is a bra that you can fill with wine. The long wait for an undergarment that can be filled with booze while at the same time accentuate your curves is over . . . If you wanted to be really meta you could fill it with milk
#7 Hello Kitty Assault Rifle. We've never seen a more compelling argument for gun control in America"

24 People Who Made The Best Of A Bad Situation

The Biggest Myth About the Gender Wage Gap - "It might be the most famous statistic about female workers in the United States: Women earn "only 72 percent as much as their male counterparts." It's also famously false. A new survey from PayScale this morning finds that the wage gap nearly evaporates when you control for occupation and experience among the most common jobs, especially among less experienced workers. It is only as careers advance, they found, that men outpaced female earnings as they made their way toward the executive suite. So, women aren't starting off behind their male counterparts, so much as they're choosing different jobs and losing ground later in their careers... That popular refrain that women don't know how to ask for a raise? That's bunk, too, the researchers concluded. Nearly a third of women -- and 29 percent of men -- have asked for raises, and even more female executives have done the same... In one job, they had enough data to show a statistically significant wage advantage for female workers. That is "dental hygienist.""

Critical Miss: Issue 10 (The Campaign For Real Monopoly) - "Sending un-purchased properties to auction has a number of benefits. Firstly, it speeds up the game, as it enables the quicker collection of a matched set of streets (and remember that it's only when players have collected sets, and can start building houses, that the game moves into its final phase). Secondly, it makes the game much more interesting by massively increasing the interaction between players. Bluff appropriately and you could end up buying a property you really want for way below the market price - or trick another player into buying a property you don't want for way more than the market price. Thirdly, it makes the game much more skilful, since it is now less dependent on luck, and more dependent on your ability to trick, bluff and manage the other players... Imagine you have a game being played by mum, dad, child one and child two. Child two needs Oxford Street (insert street name from your own regional edition) to complete a set. Child one lands on Oxford Street... Child one decides to pass on Oxford Street, it goes to auction, and a vicious bidding war then erupts between child two and dad, which ends up with dad winning, child two bursting into tears, mum giving dad a "someone's not having any fun tonight look", and the game grinding to a halt amid tears and recriminations"

Cambridge University Jelly Wrestling Competition Canceled After Petition Calls Event 'Sexist' - "As the Independent notes, since the decision, a counter-petition protesting the event’s cancellation has garnered at least 590 signatures. It reads: "Jelly wrestling at the Wyverns' Garden Party is a great bit of fun and should not be cancelled. The contestants participate of their own free will and are observed by both male and female spectators who enjoy the event for what it is; harmless fun."
One commenter on the petition, noted that, “This has simply gone too far. We as girls should be allowed to do what we want, when we want. We do what we like.” However, in an interview with the BBC, de Paula Hanika explained that her petition was not "an attempt to judge the women who have taken part in the past, nor ban jelly wrestling itself as an activity.” She said that she does not believe that women should tell other women what to do, and that the petition was an attack on the event’s male organizers"
Presumably if females had organised the event, it would've been alright. And the females who do take part in such events are brainwashed by the patriarchy
Comment: "An idea for a replacement charity event: those that signed the petition can take turns in a dunking booth "Dunk the Feminist, 3 tries for $5""


Stephen Law: Craig: reason leads to atheism or agnosticism - ""The person who follows the pursuit of reason unflinchingly toward its end will be atheistic or, at best, agnostic." William Lane Craig... Craig's view seems to be that reason is a useful apologetic tool, but faith is not dependent on reason, nor should it be. Indeed, when faith and reason come into conflict, it is reason that must give way (though I wonder, then, exactly why he rejects Young Earth creationism). Craig's view that unbelievers such as myself know in our hearts that God exists (and, apparently, even that Christianity is true) is linked interestingly to his view of hell, and why unbelievers really do deserve to go there"
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