1. Get totally weirded out by a story
2. Do other research for a while
3. Realize there is a connection between weird story and some research thread
4. Promise to write about weird story in an abstract
5. Struggle to write a first draft, overlong, very detailed paper
6. Develop some slides about the paper that totally focus on that last section where the paper petered out
7. Find some turn of phrase and sequence of argument making the slides that starts to describe maybe what the story is really about
8. Rewrite paper
Steps 6, 7, 8 can be repeated several times over several years, or chained over a lifetime.
Such poison gifts raise the possibility of refusal. After the recent Haitian earthquake, Monsanto donated a gift to Haiti of hybrid GMO corn and vegetable seeds—coated with pesticides known to be carcinogenic. The farm workers cried “poison gift” and burned handfuls of the seeds at the dock. Could we refuse the poison gift of cancer?
In a remarkable twist, the intelligent realization of one’s own interest is seen as the basis for everyone’s interests.
1984 paper on development and health by Vicente Navarro. It’s so stunningly simple, like, it is saying “let’s shift the burden of who has to prove what to who” for a moment. (the paper is here
neoliberalism precisely goes to work by psychologizing political difference, individualizing structural exclusions and mystifying political change…some recent activists seem to have equated social activism with descriptive statements about individual harm and psychic pain.
There are many things being said in this Metafilter thread that I disagree with, but the discussion instigated by Frowner about the invisible labor women perform in household management is so important.
So much of what women do around the house is so completely unacknowledged that many men don’t even recognize that these are tasks that need to happen. My favorite is the man who doesn’t realize that his wife has been thoroughly cleaning the refrigerator every few months for A DECADE. That is so invalidating.
Yet even that, to me, is not as bad as the blithe expectation that, for a man, doing 50% of the “work” doesn’t include 1) recognizing that the work needs to be done, 2) buying/prepping the supplies needed to do the work, and 3) independently doing the work without extra inducement. Even if the strict division of tasks is equal (which it so rarely is not), when women also need to do these components of housework it tips the scales right back.
A true (illustrated) story
When I was working, I also never saw the women play ping pong. Or sand volleyball for that matter. I did see men do those things. With their shirts off. In the workplace. (Google specifically.) I would guess that we would be told we’re unserious or a distraction or creating awkwardness for the “friendzone” guys if we did those things.
Anger shot up my body like a hot thermometer. Face flushed, I walked to the Mammy sphinx. Couples posed in front of it, smiling as others took their photos. So here it was, an artwork about how Black people’s pain was transformed into money was a tourist attraction for them. A few weeks ago, I had gone to the 9/11 museum and no one, absolutely no one, posed for smiling pictures in front of the wreckage.
Cnn talks like it is 1800: “Why are these Iraqi and Isis soldiers so different? Because they are the same breed! How can one be so fierce and one so scared?”
Um because people politics not inheritance
Vacuum tube family tree, circa 1930s.
This is actually a much cooler way of representing inventions than these singularity graphs: