The Sceptical Expat wrote about the history of witchcraft, especially accusations thereof, as a political tool. I read it soon after reading this Slacktivist piece on ‘Satanic panic’ in the Christian right, and they go well together, I think.
Sociological Images linked to this picture set at Papermag, of women from the fashion industry “getting in touch with their masculine side”. This is mesmerising; I’ve gone back to look at it four or five times in the last couple of days. I think the reason it resonates so much is because, while the characters they’re portraying here are very clearly gendered, they’re presented without any implications – in any direction – of sexuality. It’s exceedingly unusual to see gender presented as independent of sexuality like this, and it’s a refreshing change. (Especially as here the gender/s presented is within shouting distance of my own.) Not to erase anyone’s interpretation of the set; I’m just happy that they’ve left it open to both queer and less-queer readings, and (at least implicitly) acknowledged that I exist.
This piece by John Scalzi is beautifully simple, and a timely reminder that most of us don’t know how lucky we are.
Cheese or Font? is a completely silly game that does exactly what it says on the tin: it gives you a name, and you have to guess whether it’s a cheese or a font. Despite my professed status as a typography geek, I am terrible at this. TERRIBLE.
And finally, this article is about a very successful sixth-form college who are so confident in their students’ success that they have said they will give £5000 to anyone who fails. Obviously, there is absolutely no way this could go wrong.