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November 30

Calling All Feminists

From I guess what you could call an "aspiring" feminist to all else well-read on the matter: How do I become a "good" feminist? [more inside]
posted by ourt at 10:05 PM - 17 answers

Sportos, Motorheads, Geeks, Wastoids, Dweebies

For a board game I'm working on, I need a "definitive" list of teenage cliques that would have been present in a suburban American high school in 1989. This is mostly a "free-form, go nuts" question, but I have a few guidelines I'd like for you to keep in mind... [more inside]
posted by Ian A.T. at 2:14 PM - 33 answers

November 26

18th Century Archetypal Names

Asking for my sister.
I'm trying to create a LARP event (18th century) and I'm looking for character names that imply various stereotypes, like the town gossip or the crazy recluse.
She is not looking for made up names, but is looking for names that allow you to know what character they are. Some of the other characters she's mentioned to me are: suspicious character, herbal healer, healers apprentice (female), but please don't limit yourself to these characters alone.
posted by Confess, Fletch at 3:29 PM - 15 answers

Successor to the Good Judgement Project?

Does anyone know if there are online forums that might be geared towards prediction along the same lines as the Good Judgement Project ? [more inside]
posted by 5imon at 8:58 AM - 2 answers

November 24

Santa vs. the ANC? Huh?

Am I missing a non-racist current political or cultural South African nuance in this internet thingy? An acquaintance "shared" an, uh, thing, on Facebook and I'm not sure I understand the nuance, if any (i.e. is this just a "haha Black people aren't taken seriously" or is this a legitimate political commentary on the ANC, e.g. corruption or whatever else I'm ignorant of?). [more inside]
posted by Pax at 5:19 PM - 11 answers

Adulting 101: Business Casual

I'm moving into a new position at work that requires me to do away with t-shirts and jeans, and become a little more business-y. I don't have to wear a suit and tie thankfully so it'll likely be collared shirts/slacks. Any tips for the transition? [more inside]
posted by aeighty at 2:16 PM - 24 answers

Help ID this small statue found up in Guadalajara, Mexico

One of my students brought a small statue to class. She says her family found it while digging on property they own in Guadalajara, Mexico. That's all the info she has. It's about 3 inches tall. We'd love any hints about what it is, how old it might be, or anything about it. Or even info as who to ask. Here's a photo I shot of it (balanced on my thermos)
posted by cccorlew at 5:41 AM - 12 answers

Can you name this music video/song? MTV, mid-'90s or thereabout.

I've had an MTV music video stuck in my head since 1996 at the latest (when I stopped having access to the channel) and probably for several years longer than that. Please help. Details within. [more inside]
posted by mr. digits at 5:39 AM - 4 answers

November 22

Learning about the history of nationalized and marginalized languages

I know there was this process in the last few hundred years of European history where newly forming nations, trying to take hold of themselves, would decree one language official (French, Spanish), and try to squelch all of the many other languages/dialects (Occitan, Catalan) spoken within their borders. Where can I learn more? [more inside]
posted by gold-in-green at 1:45 PM - 13 answers

November 19

Single word for Islamophobia that describes origin, not religion?

"Islamophobia" is natural as a default word because >90% of Middle Eastern people identify as Muslims -- but is there any other single word for MiddleEasternpersonphobia that's not religion-based? (I'm asking about a single word because I'm wondering if there's a replacement specifically for the term "anti-Islamophobic.")
posted by kalapierson at 5:33 AM - 13 answers

November 18

I find this person utterly charming... why?

I've been listening to the code newbie podcast recently, and really enjoying it. The most recent podcast interviewee I find very likable - Can anyone help me identify what it might be about her that is so like-able? (Or maybe it's just me?) [more inside]
posted by jrobin276 at 2:36 PM - 2 answers

November 17

Please Recommened (And Classify) Political Magazines

Quarterly Essay is mentioned here and sounds really interesting. I've read The American Interest, The Economist and Foreign Affairs while stuck in airports, and currently subscribe to Z Magazine. What other political / current affairs exist and how would they be described (format / political position)?
posted by andrewcooke at 4:11 PM - 18 answers

November 16

I gave my name to the wrong people. Maybe. Help.

In a moment of misguided sympathy, I signed as a "friend" of a charitable group. I did not look them up first, nor had I heard of them before. I have now. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:27 AM - 8 answers

November 15

Finding a feminist activist in London, UK?

Could anyone suggest a feminist activist in London, UK, who could be invited to speak on the topic of slutshaming? [more inside]
posted by Guelder at 11:46 AM - 9 answers

November 14

How do I find out who to give to?

Bad things seem to happen a lot, and one of the problems I find myself running into is the fact that after the events happen, there's usually no quick and easy way to find out where to send any money or time. Is there a site anyone knows about that serves as a central place that gives suggestions to where to donate? [more inside]
posted by qcubed at 12:17 PM - 11 answers

Times when a terrorist attack been falsely attributed to a group

In light of recent events, I'm looking for situations where a terrorist attack has been widely believed to be the work of one group, but has turned out to be the work of another group. I am particularly interested in incidents were attackes were believed to be the work of Islamists, but turned out not to be.
posted by casebash at 4:30 AM - 14 answers

November 12

Smash and grab for nothing

How do I stop people from breaking my car windows? [more inside]
posted by aspenkf at 12:03 PM - 39 answers

Productive ways to channel my disgust for the meat & dairy industries?

Over the last few years, I have become increasingly horrified by the animal industrial-complex over its appalling treatment of living beings, the hugely negative impact on the environment, and the health issues related to contaminated or otherwise chemically treated meat and dairy. What actions can I take against these issues? [more inside]
posted by ladybird at 1:05 AM - 17 answers

November 11

Why are we attracted to certain physical types?

Ever since I was adolescent, so before there was even TV in my country, let alone Internet, I've always been attracted to the same type (skinny men with high cheekbones), and wonder what determines the physical type of people one is attracted to. Is there some kind of cultural, biological, Freudian or whatever explanation?
posted by Kwadeng at 10:12 PM - 13 answers

Friend filter: how to find a younger man for a casual relationship?

My friend, an attractive woman in her late forties, recently had a fling with a significantly younger (early thirties) guy whom she met by chance and who did all the pursuing. Both of them were unattached and, for various reasons, not interested in "real" relationships. It ended amicably and she realized that she would like to have this kind of lover in her life again, but how should she go about deliberately finding a willing partner? [more inside]
posted by rpfields at 2:15 PM - 13 answers

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