“There’s much about Sinema’s story that seems unbelievable. Only 36 years old, she’s a member of the U.S. House of Representatives who also has a master’s degree, a PhD, and a law degree. She has never been married, is openly bisexual, and claims no religion—definitely an idiosyncratic bio for a national politician.”
A fascinating bio of a fascinating lad. Read more.
What we’re reading
The most recent national security issue.
The Pentagon gets a high five.
The social cult of fat hatred.
Tourists get a good view of the poor and underprivileged.
Look! It’s a bunch of wonderful things that Amy Poehler has said.
One of the greatest threats we face is, simply put, bullshit. We are drowning it. We are drowning in partisan rhetoric that is just true enough not to be a lie; in industry-sponsored research; in social media’s imitation of human connection; in legalese and corporate double-speak. It infects every facet of public life, corrupting our discourse, wrecking our trust in major institutions, lowering our standards for the truth, making it harder to achieve anything.
New Study Shows Hillary Clinton’s Face Makes Women More Confident
Tess VandenDolder Apr 25th at 1:07 pm
In the study individual men and women were asked to give a speech in front of a panel of six strangers. For some there was a picture of Bill Clinton on the back wall and for others there was a picture of Hillary. Overall the men spoke longer and were judged as better speakers than the women, except for the group of ladies who spoke while looking into Hillary’s baby blues. That group blew the men out of the water as far as the length of their speeches and overall confidence and success in conveying their ideas publicly.
The conclusion researchers drew from this study was that when women are exposed to powerful female role models in leadership positions they gained instant boosts in confidence and the ability to achieve at high levels. ”Female political role models can inspire women and help them cope with stressful situations that they encounter in their careers, such as public speaking,” the authors of the study wrote. ”A lack of female powerful role models leads to a vicious circle, because if women fail to take leadership positions, they also fail to provide role models for junior women to follow.”
Women are afraid of meeting a serial killer. Men are afraid of meeting someone fat.
When Strangers Click, a 2011 documentary about online dating.
It reminds me of that famous Margaret Atwood quote: “Men are afraid that women will laugh at them. Women are afraid that men will kill them.” It also reminds me of something written by one of the mods of Sex Worker Problems: “Misandry irritates. Misogyny kills.”
I mean, it’s just true.
“Misandry irritates. Misogyny kills.”
That’s it. That’s it right there.
Marissa Mayer’s Widower Debuts on Philanthropic Stage
** note: this is a genderflip of this NYTimes article . Also note that while writing this post, the NYTimes changed their title to “Steve Job’s Widow steps onto Philanthropic Stage” I guess they realized the previous title was a bit much.
Zachary Bogue, the widower of Marissa Mayer at YahooMartin Castro knew the tall brunette man only as Zachary, his mentor. They met every few weeks in a rough Silicon Valley neighborhood the year that Mr. Castro was applying to college, and they e-mailed often, bonding over conversations about Mr. Castro’s difficult childhood. Without Zachary’s help, Mr. Castro said, he might not have become the first person in his family to graduate from college.
It was only later, when he was a freshman at University of California, Berkeley, that Mr. Castro read a news article and realized that Zachary was Silicon Valley royalty, the husband of Yahoo’s CEO, Marissa A. Mayer.
“I just became 10 times more appreciative of his humility and how humble he was in working with us in East Palo Alto,” Mr. Castro said.
The story, friends and colleagues say, is classic Zachary Bogue. Famous because of his last name and fortune, he has always been private and publicity-averse. his philanthropic work, especially on education causes like College Track, the college prep organization he helped found and through which he was Mr. Castro’s mentor, has been his priority and focus.
Now, less than two years after Ms. Mayer’s death, Mr. Zachary Bogue is becoming somewhat less private. he has tiptoed into the public sphere, pushing his agenda in education as well as global conservation, nutrition and immigration policy. Just last month, for example, he sat down for a rare television interview, discussing the immigration bill before Congress. he has also taken on new issues, like gun control.
“he’s been mourning for a year and was grieving for five years before that,” said Larry Brilliant, president of the Skoll Global Threats Fund who is an old friend of Ms. Mayer. “his life was about his family and Marissa, but he is now emerging as a potent force on the world stage, and this is only the beginning.”
But he is doing it his way.
We just found this new Tumblr - Flip the News - that explores how news stories treat gender roles by changing just the gender of the story subjects. It’s cool.
The face of college debt is increasingly female. With their earnings at only 78 percent percent of men’s, women are more likely to go into debt in the first place and then take longer to pay off the their loans.
What a 6.6% wage gap means for you
Do you think 6.6 percent sounds small? Not much to worry about? If you do the math, you’ll find that 6.6 percent of an average man’s earnings one year out of college comes to just over $2,800. That amount of money could buy you:
Nearly a year’s worth of groceries
Over 750 gallons of gas
1,400 tall Starbucks coffees
Read more here.