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“Searching for the Seventies” takes a new look at the 1970s using remarkable color photographs taken for a Federal photography project called Project DOCUMERICA (1971-1977). Created by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), DOCUMERICA was born out of the decade’s environmental awakening, producing striking photographs of many of that era’s environmental problems and achievements. Drawing its inspiration from the depression era Farm Security Administration photography project, project photographers created a portrait of America in the early-and-mid-1970s. They documented small Midwestern towns, barrios in the Southwest, and coal mining communities in Appalachia. Their assignments were as varied as African American life in Chicago, urban renewal in Kansas City, commuters in Washington, DC, and migrant farm workers in Colorado. – See more at: http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2013/03/national_archives_searching_fo.html#sthash.cmOhE65j.dpuf

Vagina! Han sa Vagina!

A high school science teacher in Idaho is under investigation by the state’s professional standards commission because he reportedly used the word “vagina” during a biology lesson.

Tim McDaniel, who teaches 10th grade science at Dietrich School, told the Twin Falls Times-News that four parents were upset when they learned that his lesson included the word “vagina” and information about the biology behind female orgasm.

“I teach straight out of the textbook, I don’t include anything that the textbook doesn’t mention,” McDaniel remarked. “But I give every student the option not attend this class when I teach on the reproductive system if they don’t feel comfortable with the material.”

McDaniel said that he had never before received a complaint in the 18 years that he had taught science class at Dietrich School.

De vakreste forlatte plassene på jorda. I hvert fall 33 av dem.

En lang tekst om mobbing, eller bullying da, so det heter i statene. Egentlig er det vel en bokomtale, men etter å ha lest denne er jeg ikke sikker på om jeg trenger å lese boka.

Dismantling sexist gender expectations on all fronts may feel like a monumental task, but for educators to take on the project would deal a substantial blow at an institutional, and perhaps cultural, level. Schools have reached a point where a racial slur is not tolerated from anyone, but phrases like “you throw like a girl” and “man up” and “act like a lady” are sanctioned by teachers and students. In my experience, teachers care deeply about their students, and can adjust their own cultural beliefs in order to support them. The costly and intensive anti-bullying programs Bazelon offers as solutions prove that educators are invested in improving the lives of their kids. But as long as bullying is talked about as a problem of how to socialize our schoolchildren, as opposed to a project of addressing the oppressive ways we socialize all children in all aspects of their lives, the violence will continue. As their teacher, I can stand up for my kids against the bullies, but it will be a never-ending whack-a-mole game unless I stand against the conditions that create the bullies.

Denne saken om en professor som lager et tankeeksperiment der han lurer på om det er greit å voldta bevisstløse så lenge vedkommende ikke blir skadd, og ikke merker noe til det, er kanskje ikke så veldig interessant i seg selv. Fin fyr. Misforstått?  Jadda. Men kommentarfeltet er gøyalt. Som denne kommentaren:

I agree totally with his penetration argument. What is the difference say between photons passing through your eye and a bullet? Seems kind of arbitrary to say one thing is great because it helps me see but the other is bad because it kills me. If you are going to allow your body to be penetrated by outside objects, it is only fair that you allow any object outside of you penetrate you.

For instance, you breath air and that helps you live. But why do you get upset when you breath mustard gas and it kills you? It is similar to playing the lottery. You bought the ticket and won! That is great. But more often than not you will lose, so don’t complain to me.

Maybe another analogy. My first wife and I went on a safari. It was amazing. We saw lions, tigers, giraffes, etc. We essentially became apart of their lives. We marveled at a big cat taking down its prey. We thought it was beautiful. One day, we were watching a pride and it got too close. Our guide sped off, but my wife fell of the roof and was surrounded by lions. The guide wanted to go back. But I said no. I told him “We have enjoyed these animals and they have given so much to us. It would be hypocritical now to not let my wife be eaten. We cannot on the one hand love these animals and then on the other hand balk when we fall into their lives.”

It was one of the toughest decisions of my life, letting my wife be eaten by a lion. But at least I can sleep at night, knowing I wasn’t some two faced hypocrite.

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