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Anthropology in Practice

When and Where Is It Okay to Cry?

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A few weeks ago, an article appeared in my LinkedIn feed that asked “Is crying acceptable in the workplace?’ I’ll save you the click thru: the short answer in this piece is no. While emotion is a part of life, the article concludes it isn’t rewarded in the workplace because it suggests weakness. A quick [...]

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Under the Influence: Naomi Wolf, Biology, and Why We Are More Than Our Vaginas

A women's symbol with a fist inside, a classic feminist symbol.

Readers of this blog are likely already aware of Naomi Wolf’s book Vagina: A New Biography. I’m late to the party, because it just seemed wrong to pile on a feminist more senior to me who, though misguided, is at least working towards equality for women. But the more I read, the harder it has [...]

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Vaginal pH Redux: Broader Perspectives on Douching, Race… and Lime Juice

Image of cut limes by Smabs Sputzer

In my last post I covered the safety and efficacy of acid-promoting tampons. Marc Abrahams, of Annals of Improbable Research and Ig Nobel fame, sent me an article about the intravaginal use of lime juice to prevent HIV by Nigerian women. The particular paper he sent me (Mauck et al. 2008) provided a fairly rigorous [...]

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Roller derby athletes hip check science stereotypes #iamscience

Thirteen derby athletes who also happen to be kickass scientists. Photo by Laura Fitch.

Kevin Zelnio’s #iamscience movement has launched a number of blogger origin stories and a Kickstarter project that has met its first funding goal (don’t stop donating yet though). Alongside this movement is one launched about the same time via a tumblr and related to SoNYC. My colleagues and I wanted to find a way to contribute our voices [...]

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What Does it Mean to Do the Right Thing? Time to #OccupyNPG

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I have spent a lot of time in my life being employed or educated by an organization that I find problematic in some way. At Harvard, my main gripe involved the way in which the dissolution of Radcliffe College and the women’s spaces there occurred with little engagement with undergraduates: two deans met with me [...]

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Framing and definitions: are you maternal enough to be a woman?

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In high school, my mother occasionally found babysitting jobs for me. Parents, desperate for a trustworthy kid to watch their own, would entrust their offspring to Katie the honors student while they went to a meeting, or to work, or perhaps on a date. If any of those parents are reading, I have a confession [...]

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