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Jun, 2013

Here’s a great video pondering the objective reality of mathematics, and running down all the different schools of thought on where mathematical truth comes from — does it exist outside of systems of codification by intelligent beings, as an eternal part of the universe; or is it something that we invent through codification?

ORIGINAL: Is Math a Feature of the Universe or a Feature of Human Creation? | Idea Channel | PBS [via Boing Boing]

May, 2013

Cameron Russell admits she won “a genetic lottery”: she’s tall, pretty and an underwear model. But don’t judge her by her looks. In this fearless talk, she takes a wry look at the industry that had her looking highly seductive at barely 16-years-old.

0:40 – The first outfit change ever on the TED stage!
1:50 – Russell transforms our perception of what we think of her.
2:41 – The truth about how girls become models.
3:11 – Russell shines a light on the the deficiency of non-white models.
3:52 – She asks why do girls even want to be models?
4:32 – The reality of a girls’ likelihood of ever becoming a model.
5:27 – Models don’t have a voice and aren’t taking seriously in society. They are to be seen and not heard.
5:52 – Side by side images effectively demonstrates how the modeling industry sexualizes young girls and women in general.
6:44 – Russell acknowledges her privilege.
7:00 – The cost people pay who exist outside of her privilege.
7:30 – How young girls feel about their bodies.
8:03 – Russell admits something she has never said on camera until now.

ORIGINAL by Cameron Russell in a talk on the TED stage. [via The Huffington Post]

More info about Cameron Russell:

Twitter: @CameronCRussell
Agency: Elite
Blog: ArtRoots
Website: Big Bad Lab

May, 2013

Jackson Katz, Phd, is an anti-sexist activist and expert on violence, media and masculinities. An author, filmmaker, educator and social theorist, Katz has worked in gender violence prevention work with diverse groups of men and boys in sports culture and the military, and has pioneered work in critical media literacy. Katz is the creator and co-founder of the Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) program, which advocates the ‘bystander approach’ to sexual and domestic violence prevention. You’ve also seen him in the award winning documentary “MissRepresentation.”

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[via UpWorthy]

May, 2013

The Internet is for porn. We all know that, but until now we may not have realized to what extent porn dominated the Internet. According to this infographic by new porn website Paint Bottle, porn takes up a huge percentage of Internet bandwidth. In fact, 30 percent of all data transferred across the Internet is porn. YouPorn, one of the larger video porn sites, streams six times the bandwidth as Hulu.

Check out this infographic for more fascinating stats about online porn:

May, 2013

Ever wonder what makes young, pretty, “good” girls pursue careers in porn?

So did Deborah Anderson, that’s why she made a documentary and fine-art photography book on the subject. “Aroused” opens in select theaters Thursday and is available for download on iTunes. The book is available on Amazon.

Many of the 16 adult-film actresses featured in “Aroused” attended the film’s premiere Wednesday night at the Landmark Theatre and hung around afterward to autograph the coffee-table book.

Anderson was inspired to explore these women’s stories after casting a porn star in a photo shoot for a magazine. She was struck by the woman’s warm personality and her stories of harsh treatment from the public despite contributing to a widely consumed product of a billion-dollar industry.

The porn stars in the film don’t see themselves as failed actresses. They say they enjoy their work and see off-duty sex as having nothing to do with their day jobs. All say they’ve had sexually transmitted diseases. Most share concern for how others view their profession and worry whether this could impede future job or romantic prospects.

Anderson said she hopes the book and film will spotlight the humanity of these women and the sensuality of their work.


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SOURCE: [via Huffington Post]


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