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http://www.gladwell.com/2000/2000_03_10_a_rock.htm - dead good scientific essay on menstruation and why we shouldn't have to deal with it, and how it'd probably be better if the pill just let us have periods once a year or so. Not sure if I just found it particularly interesting because I agree with it today, mind you. Ow.

brisingamen, I'm sure you've probably head about Paul Leake already, but it's quite worrying. He's on Durham City Council, having been elected as a Lib Dem, but the party has found his weblog and objected to it, even though he hasn't said anything remotely dodgy. He's going to stand as an independent now. I don't like hearing about the Lib Dems doing bad things...it leaves me with very little hope.

Best ever warning, from bookslut:
(Warning: The first link below has a completely innocuous, but nevertheless graphic, illustration of a naked boy, taken from a children's sex-education book. If you work in an office with reactionaries who lack common sense and perspective, you might want to wait until you're home to check it out.)

Coo. Apparently Waterstone's are taking over Ottakars, and nobody's happy - "Publishers and authors are horrified at Waterstone's proposed takeover of Ottakar's and want it blocked. James Hall investigates the market-leading retailer's controversial buying tactics, including its demands for payments from publishers for putting their books at the front of stores" - from here. Hmmm. I didn't realise Waterstone's was quite *that* evil. I'm so naive. This shocks me: "Furthermore, publishers claim that Waterstone's charges them thousands of pounds and demands steep discounts in return for displaying their books in a prominent place in its stores or including them in promotions."

A Lot Of Chocolate. Does what it says on the tin.

Libraries of TERROR: Are librarians the new secret weapon? Also, when did "Islamofascist" become an accepted word?

Buggery. Am going to have to work v.v.hard tomorrow to make up for the little I've done today...

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anonymous_greg
Sep. 20th, 2005 07:24 pm (UTC)
A Lot Of Chocolate. Does what it says on the tin.

Um...what does it say on the tin?
laerad
Sep. 20th, 2005 07:26 pm (UTC)
i'll admit that scientific essay is really good, i like the way it looks at the whole issue. It's something i can only put an external interest in as, thankfully, it's something who's only effect on me is the likelyhood of getting a shorter answer than i like when the gf is on the rag :)

The warning, how incredibly worrying that a warning like this is needed for a simple sex ed illustration. There are too many knee-jerk folk about these days. No, i'm not one of them despite your opinions being that i am worryingly right wing on occasions. I count most of them as common sense :p
fjm
Sep. 20th, 2005 07:52 pm (UTC)
The article on birth control worries me: it seems to be advocating medicalising the condition of being a woman. I'm probably a rarity, I've never used chemical birth control. I dated women only for five years and when I did date a man, my weight was fluctuating so much that the doctor wouldn't prescribe. Now I live with someone who has had a vasectomy.

I don't like having periods. I'd stop them if I could. But the atttude of this article seems to assume we all *need* birth control.
hilarita
Sep. 20th, 2005 08:05 pm (UTC)
It does suggest that a bit, but if you're going to be taking it anyway (as I do for medical reasons), it might be an idea to have levels that give you benefits in terms of reduced cancer rates.
londonkds
Sep. 21st, 2005 06:53 am (UTC)
There's an interesting SF short story by Connie Willis, "Even The Queen", set in a near future where there are furious debates between menstruating and non-menstruating women, involving just the issues and technology described in that article.
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