It’s time for another round up of articles, blog posts and stuff from the internet that caught my attention this week.
“The internet is partially responsible for the safety outcry. Emails about aluminum in deodorant causing breast cancer (not true) and the amount of lead in lipstick (not dangerous) reached a fever pitch in the early aughts. “It made consumers much more aware, and when marketers noted that consumers were more aware, you started to see claims like ‘sulfate-free’ and ‘no parabens’ [on packaging]. That started to snowball in the mid-2000s and has been growing since then,” says Perry Romanowski, a cosmetic chemist and a co-founder of The Beauty Brains.” – Your Beauty Products Are Not Killing You
“In my six years of being out, I’ve often failed to convince people I’m actually queer. Often, this is the result of garden-variety biphobia. People dismissing bisexuality as transitory and insufficient is a topic which has been written on extensively and elegantly. More often though, people have decided I’m not queer even before I mention I’m attracted to men too, because of the way I look.” – On Fabulous Feminine Failure — The Perils of Femme Queerness
“Benevolent sexism is different. Benevolent sexists endorse a paternalistic view of the world in which women are to be cherished and protected, in part because they aren’t quite equal to men. Oftentimes, seemingly positive sentiments about women are manifestations of benevolent sexism.” – Why Doesn’t Spending Time With Women Make Men Less Sexist?
“The Citizens Assembly is a performance. It is political theatre. It will be fleeting plot line in the inevitable boring memoir by Leo Varadkar or Shane Ross when they have a fleeting reference to how they allegedly attempted to fight against it. It is a mechanism for kicking the can down the road.” – Bring Down The Final Curtain: The Citizens Assembly and the Macabre Theatre of the Abortion Question