It’s time for another round up of articles, blog posts and stuff from the internet that caught my attention this week.
“After all, Americans regard weight as a moral issue. Despite plentiful evidence to the contrary, we assume that people’s minds can control their metabolism — and that they merely need to make a decision to gain or lose weight. But studies demonstrate that this is simply not true. For instance, the contestants on the “Biggest Loser” TV show became paragons of self-control; some shed more than 100 pounds, something very few of us could ever achieve. And yet a recent study showed that even these incredibly disciplined dieters gained all the weight back. In the long run, our hormones win.” – The Thin Gene
“In 2012, Tavi Gevinson, the young founder of Rookie, an online magazine concerned chiefly with the complexities of teen-age girlhood, ended a tedx talk with some blunt advice: “Just be Stevie Nicks. That’s all you have to do.” What does it mean to be Stevie Nicks? To understand loss and longing as being merely the cost of doing business? To acknowledge the bottomless nature of certain aches, yet to know, in some instinctive way, that you’ll keep going? Nicks evokes Byron, in spirit and in certitude: “The heart will break, but broken live on.”” – THE RESURGENT APPEAL OF STEVIE NICKS
“When we fret about young people leaving western countries and going to fight with Isis, it’s common to focus on the role of the internet in their political radicalisation. It’s time we discussed the radicalisation of angry, young white men in a similar way. The manosphere gave us Elliot Rodger. He was a regular on the forum “PUAhate” – populated by bitter men who had tried the techniques advocated by so-called “pick-up artists” to attract women and failed.” – We need to talk about the online radicalisation of young, white men
“Indeed, our only words for non-parents either have negative connotations—e.g., “barren,” which only denotes an inability to bear children—or merely describe a lack of something: childless, childfree. We have a word for someone who does not eat meat, but we don’t have a word for someone who does not have children.” – The Century-Long Battle to Disprove the Myth That All Women Want Children