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September 15

Can I salvage my headshot?
A headshot was recently taken of me by a friend, in front of an orange brick wall with a repeating interlocking Greek meander pattern (here is an example). I love the photo: finally, I look capable and presentable. But... does that pattern look too much like the Nazi cross? Should I try to get a new background? [more inside]
posted by troytroy at 8:37 AM - 24 answers
Undocumented workers and the LFPR
Does the labor force participation rate account for undocumented workers?
posted by wobdev at 8:35 AM - 2 answers

September 13

Why are there so few Thai's in Canada?
Why are Thai's an underrepresented demographic in Canada? Canada has successfully attracted immigration from all of Asia with the exception of Thai's. Wikipedia says there is less than 1000 in BC. What makes it an unattractive immigration option for the Thai people? More Thai's seek US citizenship every year than the sum Thai expat population in Canada.
posted by Keith Talent at 10:52 PM - 6 answers

avoiding 'stuff old people say'
Looking for a friendly, non-textbook intro to modern thought on gender, sexuality, and feminism for boomers who want to stay up to date but don't know where to start. [more inside]
posted by alycoop at 3:53 PM - 9 answers

How to find / start a group exploring problems of 21st C. city life?
I'm a lifelong city dweller (New York is my town), and looking to connect with others who are having trouble coping with / adjusting to dramatic changes in city life that have taken hold over the past 15 years or so. The hope is to find or start a group: to find creative solutions, ways of coping, preserving sanity, and considering appropriate legal action when warranted. But I'm not sure where to start! [more inside]
posted by ferkit at 9:42 AM - 11 answers

The pre-modern breast pump was a man? Tell me more about tetaires.
In The Discovery of France: A Historical Geography, the following sentence has prompted much speculation: "There were rebilhous, who called out the hours of the night, 'cinderellas', who collected and sold ashes used for laundering clothes, men called tetaires, who performed the function of a breast-pump by sucking mothers' breasts to start the flow of milk, and all the other specialists that the census listed under 'trades unknown' and 'without trade', which usually meant gypsies prostitutes, and beggars." So, uh, tetaires? [more inside]
posted by poodelina at 7:42 AM - 5 answers

September 12

Mr. Teddy Bear can't pass the crumpets right now, he's checking GROWLr
A trope in our media and culture is that little girls disport themselves by holding mock tea parties with stuffed animals as the party guests. Two questions: ① Do 21st-century children actually do this? ② If so, how do they get the idea for it? Just from popular culture in which the trope is portrayed, or do some adults not in my social circle still actually hold tea parties which they're imitating,† or is it all via parents and siblings and peers communicating the idea to play this way? Or maybe toy manufacturers and advertising of tea-party-related toys and accessories? [more inside]
posted by XMLicious at 7:33 PM - 35 answers

Anyone know a valid link to “America’s Peasant Mentality” by Matt Taibbi
I have been looking for a valid link to this piece, but can't find it, anywhere. Every Google search link results in a dead end.
posted by Vibrissae at 2:33 PM - 2 answers

September 11

How should I respond to a classmate regarding racial bias?
I'm an Asian female attending a University. I wanted to run for a leadership position in an organization that consists of 70% Asians. A Caucasian classmate of mine who wants to run for the same position thinks that I'll get elected over him because of the group's demographic. I found out from a mutual friend that he might withdraw from the election. How should I go about addressing this issue with him? I really want to make it a fair competition and convince him that the group demographic should not benefit me in anyway because I have the same amount of interactions with them as he does. I also want him to know that I have other skills and attributes that would make me fit the officer role, and not my race. Thank you for your advice!
posted by missybitsy at 8:05 PM - 20 answers

Is there a term for rejecting something based on the people who like it?
Is there a formal term for situations where a person chooses not to buy something (or adopt some behavior) because the people who have bought it are "not like me"? [more inside]
posted by jasonhong at 11:57 AM - 15 answers

September 9

What class ticket would the Wright Brothers have purchased?
Descriptions of pre-War transatlantic ocean liners make it clear that wealthy passengers traveled first class, and poor immigrants traveled third class, but I'm fuzzy on who exactly would be traveling second class. In particular, I'm not sure what class tickets Wilbur and Orville Wright would have bought on their various crossings, particularly the earlier ones before their first public flights. [more inside]
posted by Narrative Priorities at 11:14 AM - 5 answers

Gummy bear induced quest for Grateful Dead poster art
Please help me find that Grateful Dead poster or album art where... [more inside]
posted by letahl at 7:46 AM - 4 answers

September 8

Piano Lessons for a Small Person
I would like to start teaching my four-year old how to play the piano. I have basic piano knowledge but I'm not that fluent. Do you have advice or resources to share? I'm hoping to find some fun online videos and short play activities.
posted by bq at 9:34 PM - 4 answers

Feminism 101
Anyone got a citation (I've got a whole university library at my disposal) or a link to a nice succinct explanation of why it's not sexist to censure a man who hits a woman more strongly than a man who hits another man? [more inside]
posted by crush-onastick at 12:50 PM - 17 answers

September 7

Screen vs physical books: parents modeling reading
Looking for writing (books, articles, blog posts, etc) about parents reading on screens instead of in physical books, and how that might impact kids' impressions of reading [more inside]
posted by Ideal Impulse at 9:07 AM - 2 answers

Book recommendation filter
I want to read a book about the sociohistory of inflation: something like Graeber's Debt is the closest analog that comes to mind, tho probably a poor one. Does such exist? [more inside]
posted by PMdixon at 8:06 AM - 3 answers

September 5

What engagement gift should I get an LGBT couple?
My longtime friend of more than 20 years is having a formal cocktail party to celebrate his recent engagement to his partner. The invite says no gifts, but I definitely plan to bring a gift. This friend is very special to me. Given this is an LGBT couple (not sure that really matters here, isn't a cocktail party a cocktail party whether it's a gay or straight couple?) I would appreciate your gift ideas. Thank you!
posted by gocubbies at 4:33 AM - 25 answers

September 4

I'm looking for more manly songs to sing to my children
What songs can I sing to my kids as lullabies or traditional songs that are more for a manly voice. [more inside]
posted by toomanyplugs at 10:56 PM - 23 answers

How do I score Dylan tickets
The tickets for Dylan's concert in Portland, OR go on sale tomorrow. How can I be sure to get good seats? I have no experience in this sort of thing.
posted by partner at 10:25 PM - 2 answers

Nudge nudge wink wink: Where could someone get gay porn in the 1930s?
For fictional purposes, I need to know where someone could get porn (specifically photos, not necessarily films) for gay men in the 1930s/40s. This has been annoyingly difficult to find on an internet search, and I unfortunately don't have the time to get a lot of library books and sift through them to find this out. [more inside]
posted by emcat8 at 2:43 PM - 14 answers

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