It’s that time of the week again! Here’s a round-up of some things I read this week that I found interesting.
My Great-Great-Aunt Discovered Francium. And It Killed Her. (Veronique Greenwood)- Really interesting longread about women in science in the early twentieth century.
Risky Date (Robot Hugs)- Explaining the risk calculations we make before meeting men.
The UK’s sexist new pornography restrictions aren’t just an act of state censorship, but could be the first step towards something even worse (Myles Jackman)- Excellent deconstruction of the new regulations from a lawyer specialising in obscenity.
I write letters (Melissa McEwan)- On the importance of belief, with reference to a Rolling Stone article on campus rape.
Heterocopulative Syndrome: Clinico-Pathologic Correlation in 260 Cases (Michael Scarce)- I like heteros. Some of my best friends are straight. But they need to know the dangers of their lifestyle.
He may have unravelled DNA, but James Watson deserves to be shunned (Adam Rutherford)- On why horrible sexist racist Watson should piss off.
The Deadly Self-Pity Of The Police (Samir Chopra)- A hypothesis about how the police are how they are.
Men in makeup: lawyer by day, glamour puss by night (Sean Faye)- Refreshing to see something on queerness and masculinity in the Graun.
No, Kevin D. Williamson, sex is not a biological reality (Samantha Allen)- Shit that really shouldn’t need saying.
And finally, learn how to get internet-sexy, 1997-style.