Everyday Sociology Blog: Sociology and Discomfort
By Jonathan Wynn Over the last few weeks two professors’ job security has been shaken over students’ complaints after feeling uncomfortable by the content and presentation of course material. Both have made national headlines and raise serious questions about academic…
"I suppose I cannot stress this enough: Sociology was, is, and always should be an unsettling field of research. My friends and colleagues research some very discomforting topics, and many work to humanize the dehumanized, normalize drug use and ”deviant” sexuality, question the powerful, give voice to those without a platform, and challenge the everyday assumptions that we all have held at one time or another. Sharing research like this is often difficult, but education about uncomfortable issues is not “harassment.” “
4:11 am • 7 January 2014 • 37 notes
“Race is not a biological category that naturally produces health disparities because of genetic differences. Race is a political category that has staggering biological consequences because of the impact of social inequality on people’s health.”
— Dorothy E. Roberts, Fatal Intervention (via evolutia)
(Source: lamaracuya, via stavingdarkness)
10:57 pm • 5 January 2014 • 8,035 notes
“The confidence people have in their beliefs is not a measure of the quality of evidence but of the coherence of the story that the mind has managed to construct.”
— How Our Minds Mislead Us – Nobel-winning psychologist Daniel Kahneman on the Marvels and flaws of our intuition. (via explore-blog)
(Source: , via explore-blog)
9:32 pm • 1 January 2014 • 683 notes
Watch the whole talk here»
Almost 20 years ago, writer Andrew Solomon fell into a deep depression. In this talk from TEDxMet, he speaks eloquently and openly about his struggle with “the family secret we all share,” but that no one wants to talk about. If you are a human or know a human, you have to watch this talk, but — be warned — you might just find yourself in tears.
11:36 am • 30 December 2013 • 41,299 notes
“Think of a book special to you, and how much bleaker and poorer your life would be if that one writer had not existed—if that one writer had not, a hundred times or a thousand, made the choice to write.
You’re going to be that one writer, one day, for somebody you may never meet. Nobody can write that book you’re going to write—that book that will light up and change up a life—but you.”
— sarahreesbrennan, on ignoring the doubters. (via lettersandlight)
I’m not even a writer and this made me get misty eyed.
1:45 am • 21 December 2013 • 11,543 notes
Vera Atkins (real name Vera-May Rosenberg) was recruited by the spymaster known as Intrepid—Canadian business man William Stephesen—at the age of twenty-three and before the outbreak of World War II found herself fighting along side American, Canadian and British civilians to derail the dangers of the Third Reich. By the mid-1930s she was already an experienced spy, currying and sending information to both President Roosevelt and Churchill.
When the Second World War finally broke out in Europe, Atkins had secured herself a high ranking position in Churchill’s Special Operations Executive (SOE) and became Great Britain’s greatest female agent of the war. However, despite her position of power she remained a civilian, not becoming commissioned officer until 1944 in WAAF.
Atkins’ job was to select and train the female field agents to jump into enemy occupied countries. She trained her agents who in turn jumped deep into enemy territory to aid Resistance, destroy vital targets, help Allied pilots evade capture and radio information back to London. Her agents were said to be the most prepared and dedicated of those trained by the SOE and were “prepared to die to liberate Europe from the Nazis”; in many cases her agents did.
Although decommissioned in 1947, her work didn’t stop. She went to Germany on her own to try and discover the fates of her agents that had disappeared behind enemy lines. She investigated all 118 losses of the F section successfully, save for one, whose fate she could never find.
She largely shied away from speaking about her wartime efforts; “Vera chose obscurity…Men didn’t like the idea of a spymisstress.” In fact, she was noted for ‘outfoxing’ many about her service who would later lead extensive careers from the OSS to CIA, and SOE to MI5. Many would not know of her work until she spoke of it herself, a skill that came in common when she began working during the Cold War. She was known for disappearing and reappearing months at a time without a word.
Ian Fleming, the man who would create James Bond, hailed Atkins as “the boss [in the real world of spies]” and purportedly based the character of Miss Moneypenny off her. On countless occasions, he cited Atkins for reminding him that “Bond and blunt instruments were the weapons of the weak.”
Vera Atkins died at the 92 in a nursing home located in Hasting on 24 June 2000.
1:17 pm • 20 December 2013 • 1,263 notes
“Stop minimizing and discounting your feelings. You have every right to feel the way you do. Your feelings may not always be logical, but they are always valid. Because if you feel something, then you feel it and it’s real to you. It’s not something you can ignore or wish away. It’s there, gnawing at you, tugging at your core, and in order to find peace, you have to give yourself permission to feel whatever it is you feel. You have to let go of what you’ve been told you “should” or “shouldn’t” feel. You have to drown out the voices of people who try to shame you into silence. You have to listen to the sound of your own breathing and honor the truth inside you. Because despite what you may believe, you don’t need anyone’s validation or approval to feel what you feel. Your feelings are inherently right and true. They’re important and they matter — you matter — and it is more than okay to feel what you feel. Don’t let anyone, including yourself, convince you otherwise.”
— Daniell Koepke (via lonachu)
(Source: internal-acceptance-movement, via ichigoichie14)
11:47 am • 18 December 2013 • 39,289 notes
Do you have to drop huge wads of cash at a fancy cheese shop to have an Awesome Cheese Party? NOPE, YOU DON’T.
this is actually something I stupidly care about but I know nothing about cheese other than it tastes great.
12:13 am • 18 December 2013 • 20,839 notes
||"all men watch porn just get used to it"
||"men just have stronger sex drives than women, its just biology"
||"we can't help objectifying women, its in our dna"
||"rape happens a lot in our society and most are perpetrated by men, towards women, and i can't tell the difference between safe men and dangerous men just by looking so i tend to be wary of men sometimes"
||"NOW WAIT JUST A FUCKIN SECOND HOW CAN YOU GENERALIZE ALL MEN THATS SO UNFAIR"
12:50 am • 17 December 2013 • 97,402 notes
Your face is okay but you’re going to have to put a bag over that personality
2:01 pm • 16 December 2013 • 23 notes
“The belief that everyone would be ‘naturally thin’ if they didn’t ‘overeat’ is definitely supported by multiple economic actors who benefit from it: the diet foods industry (like Healthy Choice, owned by ConAgra), the diet medications industries (both pharmaceutical and ‘supplement’ companies), surgeons (who perform bariatric surgeries), plastic surgeons (who perform liposuction and lipidectomies), weight loss clinics and support programs (like Weight Watchers), and gyms. But I think that the major reason people don’t know about the junkiness of weight loss ‘science’ is that across our entire society, people have invested deeply in the ideology that thinness is a moral virtue. We stigmatize being fat so strongly that fat acceptance is seen as ‘immoral.’ And few people want to consider that they have been oppressing their family members, friends, or themselves…”
— Dr. (via lovethyfatness)
1:59 pm • 15 December 2013 • 2,251 notes