Popular Favorites

Showing posts and comments from:  

Popular posts and comments marked as a favorite most often in the past seven days. Also check out a curated list of highlights at Best Of MetaFilter. You can subscribe to popular posts across all sites via RSS or Twitter and Comments via RSS.


Popular Posts

Warning: Graphic Content

The Library of Congress has digitized its Popular Graphic Arts collection, nearly 14,000 19th century prints available in extremely high resolution public domain scans, searchable by subjects and browsable by thumbnails. You can read more about the work required to bring this collection to your computers on the library's blog. Below the fold, a few favorites to get you started.
posted by Horace Rumpole to MetaFilter on Jan 13 at 8:49 AM
101 users marked this as a favorite

If anybody needs me, I’ll be in the Angrydome.

This is your latest installment in the Trump / U.S. Politics Megathread. Trump golfs on MLK day after urging Americans to celebrate it with volunteering; popularity among African Americans continues to plummet. Bannon subpoenaed to grand jury. Blowback continues on “Sh—holeGate”; CNN reporter expelled from press conference for asking about it. There are four years in a Presidential term of office (not many people know that).
posted by darkstar to MetaFilter on Jan 16 at 4:32 PM
101 users marked this as a favorite

Do these cinnamon rolls somehow destroy the patriarchy?

Geraldine DeRuiter from The Everywhereist likes to bake, so she decided to make the cinnamon roll recipe that accompanied Mario Batali's letter of apology for sexual harassment. The results may or may not make good eating, but I think they make good reading. accusations of harassment against Batali, previously)
posted by rmd1023 to MetaFilter on Jan 11 at 11:17 AM
99 users marked this as a favorite

The first adventure

It’s an intense and cult-ish thing to discover Pierce’s books as a young girl. For all their sorcerers and dragons, her books, at their core, are about young women growing up and figuring out who they are: how to be weird and stubborn and heroic and angry, how to deal with getting their periods, how to control their tempers, how to handle jealousy, how to decide whether to sleep with their best friends or their teachers, how to prevent pregnancy, how to navigate romantic relationships with men many years their seniors, how to challenge and defeat men many years their seniors, how to be women who don’t conform to the rigid expectations of their (entirely imaginary!) world and time.
posted by ChuraChura to MetaFilter on Jan 14 at 7:19 AM
94 users marked this as a favorite

Language is a virus

Brain Cells Share Information With Virus-Like Capsules (slAtlantic) Turns out Burroughs was right. Language - and all long-term learning - really is a virus. Or rather, it depends on a strange, alien gene that now turns out to be co-opted from an ancient virus with striking similarities to HIV. It gets stranger: the same mechanism exists across vertebrates and insects, but was independently acquired. Genuinely mind-altering science that creates far more questions than it answers.
posted by Devonian to MetaFilter on Jan 13 at 6:28 AM
90 users marked this as a favorite

Your favorite daily stretches

I've always had very stiff hamstrings, but I've discovered that doing a couple of sets of ten toe touches every day goes a long way towards improving their flexibility. What quick stretches help YOU stay limber?
posted by telepanda to Ask MetaFilter on Jan 11 at 7:37 AM
81 users marked this as a favorite

#WoYeShi is #MeToo with Chinese characteristics

#MeToo has reached China, sparking a small but growing protest movement within elite universities, concern and censorship from the country’s authoritarian rulers - and self-reflection within the small foreign journalist community regarding its own culture and reporting.
posted by chappell, ambrose to MetaFilter on Jan 15 at 11:33 AM
75 users marked this as a favorite

"Is this where the cannibalism happens?"

sexual liberation without consent is rape culture

Aziz Ansari was accused of coercing a woman (content warning: graphic description of sexual assault) into having sex with him. People are having very different reactions to this news.
posted by runt to MetaFilter on Jan 16 at 11:47 AM
72 users marked this as a favorite

"1959 was on another level; That's all you can say"

In 1959, four major Jazz albums were made that changed music forever: Miles Davis' "Kind Of Blue", Dave Brubek's "Time Out", Charles Mingus' "Mingus Ah Um", and Ornette Coleman's "The Shape of Jazz To Come"
posted by Pirate-Bartender-Zombie-Monkey to MetaFilter on Jan 15 at 1:02 PM
70 users marked this as a favorite

We can't make up for a sleep deficit by sleeping longer another day

Sleep Scientist Warns Against Walking Through Life 'In An Underslept State' Walker is the director of the Center for Human Sleep Science at the University of California, Berkeley. He points out that lack of sleep — defined as six hours or fewer — can have serious consequences.
posted by kaltsuro to MetaFilter on Jan 15 at 8:45 PM
66 users marked this as a favorite

Golden light and deep blue sky made me.

Women who write about the wild cannot be easily labeled. They are conservationists, scientists, and explorers; historians, poets, and novelists; ramblers, scholars, and spiritual seekers. They are hard to pin down but for their willingness to be “unladylike,” to question, and to seek. The following list is in no way definitive, but if you want a primer on some of the best nature writing you probably haven’t read yet, you’d do well to start with these 25 women.
posted by ChuraChura to MetaFilter on Jan 11 at 8:19 AM
65 users marked this as a favorite

Moby Dick; Or the Whale.

There are bowhead whales (Balaena mysticetus) older than this whale of a tale.
EXTRACTS. (Supplied by a Sub-Sub-Librarian). It will be seen that this mere painstaking burrower and grub-worm of a poor devil of a Sub-Sub appears to have gone through the long Vaticans and street-stalls of the earth, picking up whatever random allusions to whales he could anyways find in any book whatsoever, sacred or profane. Therefore you must not, in every case at least, take the higgledy-piggledy whale statements, however authentic, in these extracts, for veritable gospel cetology. Far from it. As touching the ancient authors generally, as well as the poets here appearing, these extracts are solely valuable or entertaining, as affording a glancing bird’s eye view of what has been promiscuously said, thought, fancied, and sung of Leviathan, by many nations and generations, including our own.

posted by aniola to MetaFilter on Jan 14 at 7:41 PM
60 users marked this as a favorite

Operation PUSH

Flordia’s prisoners are going on strike. “...For no less than one month, they will refuse to work in the kitchen, the laundry, on farms, in maintenance, or in other jobs upon which the prisons depend to function. They will boycott products and services, forgo phone calls and the canteen, and engage in other activities to disrupt the prison economy.”

In addition to demands for higher wages, the reinstatement of parole, ending canteen price gouging, restoration of voting rights, and Stopping unpaid work for hurricane cleanup, inmates are also demanding a end to the overcrowded and deteriorating conditions of Florida prisons “There are so many unexplained deaths,” Lisa Graybill, deputy legal director for criminal justice reform at the Southern Poverty Law Center, told The Intercept. “They’re just appalling.
posted by The Whelk to MetaFilter on Jan 15 at 9:45 AM
60 users marked this as a favorite

The Story of Cats, from ITV and PBS

The Story of Cats is a documentary mini-series, first aired on ITV then re-cut with new narration on PBS: Nature, now as a two-part series instead of three, with a different narrative flow. Where ITV focuses on comparisons of wild cats with "our moggies," PBS traces the evolution of cats as they spread across the world, and into our homes. ITV [via YouTube] ep 1: Wild at Heart; ep 2: Cute Response; ep 3: Super Cats | PBS ep 1: Asia to Africa; ep 2: Americas
posted by filthy light thief to MetaFilter on Jan 14 at 11:00 AM
56 users marked this as a favorite

"Little girls don't stay little forever."

Hundreds of survivors have come forward to testify against Larry Nassar, whom they say was allowed to abuse them for years through his position with USA Gymnastics, Michigan State University, and at John Geddert's Michigan club, Twistars. The hearings, which began today, will allow survivors to speak publicly, often for the first time [trigger warning for child abuse, sexual assault and suicide]. Yesterday, Simone Biles, the most decorated American gymnast in history, publicly identified herself as the third member of the 2016 gold-medal winning team from the Rio Olympics to be a survivor of Nassar's abuse, as did her two-time Olympic teammates Aly Raisman and Gabby Douglas. 2012 Olympic gold medalist McKayla Maroney also spoke out publicly. Today, the other survivors who aren't as well known will get to tell their stories alongside Biles, Raisman, Douglas, and Maroney, who had more media coverage.
posted by guster4lovers to MetaFilter on Jan 16 at 2:37 PM
56 users marked this as a favorite

The Thing She Carried

"The cast-iron skillet is 13 inches in diameter and so heavy I have to use both hands to pour anything out of it. And it tells a story of Florida endurance and female endurance that I wanted with me in that moment, a thing I never want to lose. It belonged to my great-great-grandmother, the cook on a wagon train from Georgia to Florida in the late 19th century...She had packed up everything she could, including the skillet, an even more massive Dutch oven and a one-gallon soup pot, all of them iron, all built to last. The kinds of things you take when you can take only important things." From the Bitter Southerner's Folklore Project: Susannah Nesmith's The Skillet, a personal reflection on what to save when you must leave it all behind.
posted by MonkeyToes to MetaFilter on Jan 14 at 3:24 PM
55 users marked this as a favorite

Shitty Media Men (And Those Who Defend Them)

As part of the pushback against sexual harassment and abuse that has become part of our societal discussion, the existence of the "Shitty Media Men" list was revealed. Containing the names of men in media who had histories of sexual harassment and abuse, this document had circulated among women in media, as a form of protection. And as part of that protection, its creator remained anonymous.

Until now. And it was not of her own volition that she revealed herself, but did so in response to news that Harper's Magazine had plans to out her via an expose from Katie Roiphe in their March volume.
posted by NoxAeternum to MetaFilter on Jan 11 at 2:18 PM
54 users marked this as a favorite

The post-pregnancy belly problem that nobody tells women about

There’s surprisingly little research on diastasis recti, which affects at least 60 percent of postpartum women. As with many other postpartum complications that affect women, there is little good research on the condition. Women aren’t routinely screened for DR at the one standard postpartum visit that occurs around six weeks after birth. And if they do get a diagnosis, they are often told that core work — for instance, tons of crunches — will tone the tummy and thus, close the gap. But core work done improperly or alone won’t necessarily fix the problem. In fact, it can even make things worse. And over the long term, DR can compromise the stability and function of the core, and is linked to a host of other problems that can crop up even years after childbirth. Given that so many women are forced to learn about DR on their own, here is a guide for how to try to prevent it and address it from those who treat it.
posted by Blasdelb to MetaFilter on Jan 15 at 7:57 AM
49 users marked this as a favorite

Misogyny is collaborative

"If men can swallow the confronting reality that their silence is foundational to both sexism and sexual violence, then they get to embrace the inverse reality—that their vocal dissent could begin to destabilise these evils at their base." [CW: sexual assault]
posted by Lycaste to MetaFilter on Jan 17 at 9:25 AM
49 users marked this as a favorite


Popular Comments

@KatzOnEarth (Jonathan Katz: fellow, Carey Institute; Director, John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute @ Duke University.) Lot of folks, from the alt-right to @RichLowry, think they’re making a great argument in the president’s defense tonight by noting that Haiti and El Salvador are, in fact, poor. But they’re just revealing their own racism.... [more]
posted by chris24 to MetaFilter on Jan 12 at 4:29 AM
224 users marked this as a favorite

I read this article the night it dropped, before everyone was talking about it, which was awful because all I wanted to do was talk about all the bad feels it made me feel and that meant I had to link my sisters to it so they could feel the bad feels too. About halfway through the article, I think it was when they got to "the claw," I... [more]
posted by the turtle's teeth to MetaFilter on Jan 16 at 12:19 PM
213 users marked this as a favorite

I've been trying to pull way back on my participation in these threads, but I'm on the ground here in Hawaii and want to provide some context and a few thoughts related to the missile warning. I know that some people find discussion of possible nuclear attacks morbid and frightening so I apologize in advance. I'll not be writing anything graphic... [more]
posted by Joey Michaels to MetaFilter on Jan 15 at 12:10 PM
211 users marked this as a favorite

This situation happened to me. I even explicitly told the guy beforehand that I did not want to engage in sexual activity. The guy initiated, i blew him off. He did it again, I told him to wait, and then just kept going because I'd given in. Let me make this perfectly clear: these men know what they are doing. This is not an accident, this is... [more]
posted by FirstMateKate to MetaFilter on Jan 16 at 12:01 PM
178 users marked this as a favorite

@Jason O. Gilbert: The only surprising thing about Trump paying hush money to a porn star is that he didn’t bring it up that time he addressed the Boy Scouts [view]
posted by mosk to MetaFilter on Jan 12 at 2:24 PM
148 users marked this as a favorite

D congressman from Wisconsin. @repmarkpocan The real question is why we allow presidents from sh*thole companies like the Trump Organization --- @Scavino45: It’s time to end #ChainMigration! Read more via @WhiteHouse @CleverTitleTK (Jennifer Mendelsohn) Retweeted Dan Scavino Jr. So Dan. Let's say Victor Scavino arrives... [more]
posted by chris24 to MetaFilter on Jan 11 at 4:24 PM
146 users marked this as a favorite

There is so much to be outraged about in this story. But right now, I'm going to focus on the fact that apparently it is legal for McKayla Maroney to be fined $100,000 for testifying honestly at the trial of the man who sexually assaulted her. We need to end NDAs in sexual harassment and assault cases. They need not to exist anymore. [view]
posted by ArbitraryAndCapricious to MetaFilter on Jan 16 at 2:46 PM
142 users marked this as a favorite

ddale8: OK, here is a summary: - The president is claiming he's not going to visit a top ally because he's unhappy about a real estate decision by the Obama admin - The decision was actually made by the Bush admin - The decision was made for anti-terror reasons - It is midnight [view]
posted by christopherious to MetaFilter on Jan 11 at 9:28 PM
140 users marked this as a favorite

I continue to be annoyed, and sometimes outraged, at men who think feminism means "women are awesome" and not "women are allowed to tell me no." [view]
posted by ErisLordFreedom to MetaFilter on Jan 16 at 11:57 AM
138 users marked this as a favorite

Jeffrey Toobin is my favorite talking head on CNN. He's been saying for a year that what must be grappeled with is not that Trump is racist scum (I added the word scum but its clearly what he means) but that Trump's supporters are racist scum for whom things like this only make him more popular. The rest of the CNN panels never want to go... [more]
posted by Justinian to MetaFilter on Jan 11 at 2:56 PM
133 users marked this as a favorite

guys i know this may come as a shock, but im going to go ahead and suggest that evangelicals are more concerned about maintaining white male supremacy than they are listening to the words jesus said [view]
posted by entropicamericana to MetaFilter on Jan 17 at 1:40 PM
132 users marked this as a favorite

This Washington Post account of what happened Thursday is both astonishing and horrifying. Recall that Tuesday Trump was widely praised for being "presidential" at a staged bipartisan meeting in which he stated that he would sign whatever bill congress brought to him to end the DACA and government funding standoff. On Thursday... [more]
posted by JackFlash to MetaFilter on Jan 15 at 8:16 PM
131 users marked this as a favorite

The whole "where are you really from?" bit is obviously the classic racist pattern, but I keep coming back to the descriptor "career intelligence analyst who is an expert in hostage policy." She was in the Oval Office briefing the President of the United States on a matter of national importance because she is an expert in... [more]
posted by zachlipton to MetaFilter on Jan 12 at 2:33 PM
130 users marked this as a favorite

"In the 1940s, we called people traitors because they came from a shithole country called Japan, and we're ashamed.” 👏TWO👏THIRDS👏OF👏INTERNED👏JAPANESE👏AMERICANS👏WERE👏U.S.👏CITIZENS👏BY👏BIRTH👏 Goddamn fucking tired of having to correct this shit from people on my "side". My people have been in this country... [more]
posted by sunset in snow country to MetaFilter on Jan 11 at 8:41 PM
128 users marked this as a favorite

ELECTION RESULT Dem GAIN in Wisconsin Senate 10, 54-48. That's about a 28 point swing to the Dems from the 2016 presidential margin. GOP control of WI Senate cut to 18-14. [view]
posted by Chrysostom to MetaFilter on Jan 16 at 7:23 PM
124 users marked this as a favorite

If that's what you think your alternatives are - asshole or murderer - why would you ever go on a date? Are we really that far gone? Welcome to being a woman! The possibility of being straight up murdered by a man is, indeed, a thing we think about distressingly often! The bar is just that low! He didn't murder me, so that sexual... [more]
posted by yasaman to MetaFilter on Jan 16 at 12:35 PM
122 users marked this as a favorite

David Klion on twitter: The Aziz Ansari story is a good litmus test for who sees sexual misconduct as a strictly legal question and who is concerned about improving the overall culture surrounding sex and dating. It's also many times more relevant to the average person's experience than, say, Weinstein. What's disturbing about the Ansari story is... [more]
posted by FirstMateKate to MetaFilter on Jan 16 at 12:08 PM
121 users marked this as a favorite

All the men who are like "Why didn't she just say No, Get Lost Pal, I'm outta here!" I don't know why Grace didn't but I know why I didn't when I was that age -- because even while a guy was treating me like an object, ignoring my feelings, bulldozing over my boundaries, acting like how I felt didn't matter... I was still telling myself... [more]
posted by the turtle's teeth to MetaFilter on Jan 16 at 12:38 PM
119 users marked this as a favorite

The decision, which comes in response to constant Republican claims that the FBI is prejudiced against Donald Trump, thrills Republicans. It gives them unfettered access to information they can use to paint the agency in any way they want, along with the opportunity to interfere with the Trump–Russia investigation directly. I'm so tired.... [more]
posted by Talez to MetaFilter on Jan 16 at 5:09 PM
119 users marked this as a favorite

It was quickly revealed as a false alarm... FORTY MINUTES IS NOT *QUICK* WHEN NUCLEAR WEAPONS ARE INVOLVED. [view]
posted by Xyanthilous P. Harrierstick to MetaFilter on Jan 13 at 11:05 AM
116 users marked this as a favorite