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It's certainly not like Tumblr...

What would a culture that doesn't hate women look like? I'm looking for books, movies, works of fiction and non-fiction in various formats/media, and your own musings and imaginings. [more inside]
posted by gakiko on May 14, 2015 - 19 answers

Community arts/activist/development orgs in Central Asia

Which organizations working with arts, culture, activism, and/or social justice are based in Central Asia (especially Uzbekistan) and would take international volunteers? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Apr 25, 2015 - 4 answers

You've gotta know the rules if you want to play the game

For the first time in a long time, I have a full-time, long(ish)-term contract position in a "typical" office (one with more than like, 10 employees). I am very excited about it, but need pointers on how to play the game. [more inside]
posted by Enchanting Grasshopper on Mar 28, 2015 - 17 answers

Does everyone feel special?

Is the sense of personal specialness cross-cultural, or a mark of more individualist societies? Please help me understand differences in cultures. [more inside]
posted by namesarehard on Mar 15, 2015 - 17 answers

Warmer climates, jobs, and cultural fit - where to consider moving?

My wife and I currently live in Boston, but I want to live in a warmer climate and she (Industrial Engineering MS) wants to find a job. Which places should we consider moving to? [more inside]
posted by Earl the Polliwog on Feb 24, 2015 - 18 answers

Cultural Rules of Thumb

The advice to "always look both ways before you cross the street" is fairly common in the United States but I once heard of someone from another culture reacting to the concept like it was a genius-level epiphany. He was amazed by what many school children would consider a simple rule of thumb. I'd like to collect a similar set of idioms that might be seen in that way: common in their country of origin, but unknown (and potentially useful) in other parts of the world.
posted by Jeff Howard on Feb 13, 2015 - 13 answers

Seeking audio of Septa Regional Rail conductors' calling the next stop

"This is the R-5 train to Páólí. Néxt stóp, Ò::vèr::bróók! Tickets, please!" The Regional Rail train conductors in the Philly region will forever be associated with formal, stentorian, prosodically elaborated station announcements. Where can I find a recording of these? [more inside]
posted by rschram on Feb 11, 2015 - 12 answers

Endangered U.S. culture: what remains underdocumented?

Tell me about what cultures, cultural practices, arts, religions, languages, lifestyles, hobbies, habits, fashion, unconventional individuals/families, or any other aspects of human life in the U.S. still remain severely underdocumented; or are at risk of fading away before they can be properly or meaningfully documented. [more inside]
posted by nightrecordings on Feb 10, 2015 - 41 answers

How to find an intellectual / creative community of South Asians in NY?

Seeking advice on how to find out about events, screenings, lectures, workshops, and gatherings organized by and for the South Asian community in New York City. [more inside]
posted by coastisclear on Jan 31, 2015 - 7 answers

Benefits, to majority group members, of being in a minority at school?

Do members of majority groups benefit from going to schools where they are in a minority? [more inside]
posted by howfar on Jan 31, 2015 - 22 answers

Art and Chance: A list

I want to compile a list of art works that used chance operations and/or randomness in their creation. I am keen to incorporate pre-20th century, non-Western works, and lots of works by female artists, but anything you can think of will be super helpful. [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Jan 20, 2015 - 7 answers

Kids these days

What is the best fiction that accurately portrays the thoughts and lives of teenagers or young adults in 2014? [more inside]
posted by michaelh on Jan 6, 2015 - 13 answers

Demisexuality

Am I demisexual and is this rare? [more inside]
posted by Asian_Hunnie on Jan 1, 2015 - 37 answers

When Did "Well THAT happened...." First Happen?

I know it's hard to trace memes back to their very first occurences, but can anyone offer at least early sightings/citings of the phrase "Well, THAT happened...."? [more inside]
posted by Quisp Lover on Dec 29, 2014 - 9 answers

Methods for maintaining children's culture and language

How do families maintain cultural heritage and language when living in other cultures AND the parents are the exclusive transmitters of home country culture (I.e. there are no nearby communities and infrastructure for language lessons, cultural activities and groups)? [more inside]
posted by k8t on Dec 22, 2014 - 10 answers

Invoice vs. Receipt - Am I Culturally Clueless?

Are there areas outside the U.S. -- or well-run organizations within it -- where the words Invoice and Receipt are properly used interchangeably? Cultural issues below [more inside]
posted by Hypatia on Dec 19, 2014 - 26 answers

Is office culture in England really as lewd as portrayed in The Office?

Of course I am referring to the BBC version of the show here. I am currently rewatching the series and a few scenes stuck out to me as kind of bizarrely sexist and lewd, in a way that goes above and beyond the usual bounds of a comedy. If there wasn't some bit of truth to these scenes I can't imagine they would have worked that well as jokes in the first place, so I ask thee who have worked in that culture... [more inside]
posted by Senor Cardgage on Dec 18, 2014 - 14 answers

How to smooth over problem with co-worker in a professional manner?

My immediate co-worker's list of qualms about me is beginning to rise. Not only do I not understand where it is coming from, I want to come to a solution and communicate effectively on a professional level so that we can at least remain friendly with each other since we need to work closely at times to get things done. More details behind cut. [more inside]
posted by camylanded on Dec 4, 2014 - 18 answers

Microbial Culture

Does anyone have any recommendations on some excellent media about microbes in general, and human microbiota specifically? [more inside]
posted by rhooke on Dec 3, 2014 - 5 answers

Famous photographs for 5-6 year olds?

Running a discussion Monday night with a group of 5-6 year olds. We will be discussing how photography has changed the way we view the world, and I was looking for suggestions for some example photos to use. [more inside]
posted by caution live frogs on Nov 29, 2014 - 29 answers

Why is this site in English and Dutch?

In the past, I've seen that sometimes English is interspersed with another language on certain websites. This site, however, has English titles to their posts, but most everything else is in Dutch. Why? [more inside]
posted by dozo on Nov 26, 2014 - 8 answers

Great industry but the people suck. Help?

I'm a university graduate with entirely separate vocational training in an industry that always interested me. I've since worked an entry-level position in said industry but I've discovered that the employers and employees alike are similar culturally in a way that I am not. If I were to draw a Venn diagram of my interests and theirs, it would look like this: O O. I can't change everyone, so do I change myself or my job? [more inside]
posted by thethirdoption on Nov 14, 2014 - 13 answers

I can't drink you under the table. The table's already floating away...

I'm a super lightweight (even if I've eaten) who sometimes goes out drinking with new colleagues, in small groups, often as the only female in the group. I'm a happy melty drunk who gets dreamy and quiet rather than more social -- not the worst of all possibilities, but clearly not right for these important professional contexts. Any strategies for always being the non-drinker or less-than-one-drink-er in occasionally competitive and/or macho drinking cultures?
posted by kalapierson on Nov 13, 2014 - 25 answers

I am about to be disowned.

Have you ever dropped a bomb on your life? Been disowned by your parents? Shunned by your extended family and community? Please tell me about it. [more inside]
posted by puppet du sock on Nov 13, 2014 - 42 answers

Being a Gentleman - 21st Century Edition

What is with all this misogyny and hate against women? What can I as a good male of the species do, to stop this? [more inside]
posted by rippersid on Nov 4, 2014 - 36 answers

Name! That! Podcast!

My podcast network is piloting a pop culture panel show. Chat about culture high and low, fun and funny and well-informed. It needs a name. What have you got? Pithy and understandable on first glance really helps. If we use yours, we will credit you and send you a box of maximumfun.org stuff from our prize closet :).
posted by YoungAmerican on Oct 28, 2014 - 50 answers

Career change help needed

[Posting for a friend] I am trying to make a career change from finance to tech. Lots of special snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by jenbo1 on Oct 16, 2014 - 3 answers

Finally had the "marriage" talk with long term boyfriend

Do our expectations of when to get married one day match up? [more inside]
posted by Asian_Hunnie on Oct 14, 2014 - 41 answers

Rolled R-less cultures

In which cultures/countries is it RARE for people to be able to sustain a tongue-rolled R? (Say, fewer than 1 in 10 people can do it?) In this case I mean sustain artificially long, say for 3 seconds.
posted by kalapierson on Sep 25, 2014 - 12 answers

Intersecionality and bodies

I'd like to read about the intersection of bodies, disability, race, gender, and class. All writing (and other?) genres welcome. [more inside]
posted by latkes on Sep 25, 2014 - 7 answers

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 on Sep 12, 2014 - 35 answers

Using elements from Arab culture to build a fantasy or sci-fi world

What elements of Arab culture (history, fashion, calligraphy, ...), including literature, would you choose to build a fantasy or sci-fi world (or any other type of word) that you'd like to visit time and again? [more inside]
posted by cyrusw8 on Sep 11, 2014 - 32 answers

Women – how do you know what you know? And what is that?

I have a daughter entering college, for a while I have been thinking of her leaving and about things that women have to look out for, which in general men don’t. Some examples [more inside]
posted by fluffycreature on Sep 2, 2014 - 102 answers

Do You Work for ODSP? Should I?

Next week I have my final interview for a caseworker position with ODSP (Ontario Disability Support Program). If they want to hire me, I'll have a tough choice to make - and it's even tougher because I don't know anyone who works for the program (or even in similar programs). Can you give me some idea about what it's like to work there, or in similar positions? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 30, 2014 - 4 answers

Extraterrestrial Life in Non-Western Thought?

This recent post on the historical debate over extraterrestrial life got me interested in historical thought on the topic in other parts of the world. Can anyone provide some information? [more inside]
posted by Sangermaine on Aug 26, 2014 - 4 answers

Looking for cultures out of place in America

So I'm trying to find examples of cultures/peoples/ethnicities/religions that are significantly dissimilar to the main city/culture/groups that surround them. Like finding a group of Amish people in Detroit. Or the one someone gave me of the significant Hasidic population in the scantily clad nightlife world of South Beach. What other current examples are there in the USA and Canada of unexpected groups in unexpected places?
posted by rileyray3000 on Aug 25, 2014 - 45 answers

White collar worldview 101

My husband, a mechanical engineer from the rural midwest, recently moved to a position in the white-collar engineering workforce - what does he need to know to thrive? [more inside]
posted by bookdragoness on Aug 13, 2014 - 19 answers

Can you buy small quantities of 11x17 paper in South Korea?

People in my (US-based) office are going nuts today trying to overnight a ream of blank 11x17 paper to Korea. Is this really necessary? [more inside]
posted by Naberius on Aug 13, 2014 - 12 answers

Road scholar

Let's say you have a kid - 10-15 years old, so maybe grades 5-10 - and you decide to pull them out of school for a year. During that time, you are going to drive around the United States with the goal of learning, in an authentic way, as much as possible about American history, culture, and geography. Where do you go, and what do you read? [more inside]
posted by goodbyewaffles on Aug 9, 2014 - 15 answers

I can put together words so that they sound nice. I can't write. Why?

All my life, people have complimented me on my abiity to write well. In middle and high school, it was writing good chapter summaries, literary analyses and essays for homework using flowery language. In college, it became about construction and the flow of ideas, and I found myself to be reasonably adept at that as well. I'm currently jobless ( looking for my first job at 25), and when people chime in with suggestions on how to fix that, they can't understand why I poo-poo the idea of writing professionally out of hand. Help me develop my writerly mind and get myself out of the English class for good. [more inside]
posted by marsbar77 on Aug 7, 2014 - 25 answers

Is it OK to sit beside a stranger when many other seats are available?

I have a question about different cultural norms regarding personal space. Specifically, taking the seat right next to somebody in an empty waiting room, bus, train, study hall, etc. [more inside]
posted by dontjumplarry on Aug 5, 2014 - 30 answers

Pairing fiction with eras in common

So two books I really love are Heaven to Betsy and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. I love how they go into the details of the period they take place, particularly the fashion and food. It was also only recently I realised that they take place roughly around the same era. It really surprised me because they are so completely different to one another. Francie has an alcoholic father and the family can barely get food on the table; Betsy's biggest ordeal is falling in love with a boy that doesn't like her back and not studying for an essay contest. So my question is two-fold and is aimed at requesting book suggestions. [more inside]
posted by like_neon on Jul 25, 2014 - 23 answers

Boston, Austenite. Austenite, Boston.

Please introduce me to the institutions, places, publications, and other tips, tricks, and shibboleths that will help me to hit the ground running when I relocate to Boston. [more inside]
posted by Austenite on Jul 21, 2014 - 37 answers

Essentially New Jersey?

In order to block out a new writing thing. I'm looking for things that are essentially or unquiely New Jersian in flavor or references that would ping a lifelong resident of the state- types of stores and houses, idioms, vacation spots, regional foods, etc. I'm also looking for media that has the right feel of the Garden State that aren't Kevin Smith movies. I've read this AskMe about New Jersey books already and I've seen The Sopranos. What are other examples of "Only in NJ" things? [more inside]
posted by The Whelk on Jul 11, 2014 - 73 answers

How do you keep your calm when everyone around you is manic?

I work in an office that is highly vulnerable to stress and panic. At the same time, I do my best work when I can focus, exclude distractions and prioritize. How can I keep the tendency to join the panic wagon at bay? [more inside]
posted by Kurichina on Jul 7, 2014 - 11 answers

Philosophy class in French lycees

It is my understanding that French high school students take a year-long philosophy course in the last year of the lycee. So what's it like in this course, anyway? [more inside]
posted by the hot hot side of randy on Jul 5, 2014 - 5 answers

Maybe we are stuck-up jerks.

My boyfriend and I are considering moving to the Twin Cities. [more inside]
posted by stoneandstar on Jun 29, 2014 - 27 answers

State of Being Other

How to reconcile the differences between your origin and daily society? [more inside]
posted by chrono_rabbit on Jun 27, 2014 - 12 answers

I just lost my appetite. Again.

Where I'm living now, it seems really common for the local people to leave food on their faces while they're eating. This makes it difficult for me to enjoy meals. [more inside]
posted by Enchanting Grasshopper on Jun 27, 2014 - 16 answers

Is my necklace racist?

I inherited a beaded necklace I would like to wear, but first let me run it by you: is it racist? [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library on Jun 24, 2014 - 16 answers

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