The results are in! We had fewer than usual respondents to this one, but we did get 85 completed surveys. You may be surprised to note that the vast majority of people seem to be mostly satisfied with their jobs. As always, the gold is in the open-ended questions, so make sure you click the "View All" button after the open ended questions to read all the answers.
Tell me about your jerbs! This month's survey is all about jobs and career choices. If you are unemployed, no fear - you can still answer a decent amount of the questions. Just skip whatever doesn't pertain to you.
"Many of you know of the Bechdel Test for movies. I remember reading it and being surprised at how many movies fail the test ... there are three parts of the test ... there must be two women in the movie, they must talk to each other, about something other than a man. That's it. Yikes. I thought of that while watching this scene in Game of Thrones. How rare this was ... I propose a disability version of the test ... The Dave Test ..."
Hope no one's affected, but just in case:
A Canadian drug distributor has issued an urgent recall for Alysena-28 birth control pills.
Apotex says one batch of the Alysena-28 may contain two weeks of placebo sugar pills instead of one, adding the error can reduce the effectiveness of the pills and raises the possibility of unplanned pregnancy.
The code on the recalled packages is LF01899A. The bad packages were distributed in all provinces except Saskatchewan and Alberta.
A friend of mine suggested that I write something from my point of view because, surprisingly, I manage to give an outwards impression of having my shit together. I was shocked to hear this. And I find this comical, but I see her point. I’m functioning. I’ve adapted. I’m surprisingly okay. I think the medical term is “resilient”.
So, here it is.
Relavent to everyone's interests, I think.
Posting this for anyone with serious privacy/security concerns. "Skype constantly exposes your Internet address to the entire world, and ... there are now numerous free and commercial tools that can be used to link Skype user account names to numeric Internet addresses."
Results! Click above to see them. We have the world pretty well covered! At least one yipper has visited all 15 of the world's most visited cities and all of the listed recognizable landmarks except for the Easter Island statues. Yipcation to Easter Island!
Political and civilian reactions to the Tahrir Gang Rape cases from January. There's a "cousin" NYTimes article about the Muslim Brotherhood's stance on women, including the fact that they condone marital rape: "'If the husband] is to blame,' Mr. Abu Salama added, 'the wife] shares 30 percent or 40 percent of the fault.'"
DPP says study shows false allegations of rape and domestic violence are rarer than many believe. Can mens rights idiots shut up now?
A nice acknowledgement of the discrimination and self-censorship of women in the workplace. Submitted on the understanding you don't want to read the comments.
Your name is your identity. The reasons women give for changing their names after marrying don't make much sense.
From Slate's Double X blog.
"What I think they do show us, though, is that some of our cultural preferences have deep-seated histories, associations, and legacies. The very idea of 'good taste,' as opposed to the 'garishness' and 'tackiness' of colors that we say hurt our eyes or that we find offensive, draws on a deep well of cultural assumptions of what is 'normal' or 'refined.'"
Where you've lived, what languages you speak, and where you've traveled. Plus a bonus visual question that involves a giant kicking babies. You know your interest is piqued.
A 2000 study of developing countries by the International Food Policy Research Institute found that as much as 55 percent of the reduction in hunger from 1970 to 1995 could be attributed to improvements in women’s status in society. Progress in women’s education alone (which explained 43 percent of gains in food security) was nearly as significant as increased food availability (26 percent) and health advances (19 percent) put together.
Watching the Oscars last night meant sitting through a series of crudely sexist antics led by a scrubby, self-satisfied Seth MacFarlane. That would be tedious enough. But the evening’s misogyny involved a specific hostility to women in the workplace, which raises broader questions than whether the Academy can possibly get Tina Fey and Amy Poehler to host next year.
A very long article about the U.S. health care system. The author tries to "follow the money" and make sense of medical bills for several different people. Warning for depression because it's depressing.
TLDR; our system is fucked up and most of us are one bad illness or accident away from financial ruin. And this fact: "[The USA] spend[s] more on health care than the next 10 biggest spenders combined: Japan, Germany, France, China, the U.K., Italy, Canada, Brazil, Spain and Australia."
Survey result time! Come bask in the afterglow of our sexual diversity. When reading the open-ended questions, make sure to click the little magnifying glass that says "view all" to see every entry. The first time sex stories and amusing sex anecdotes are super interesting. (And a lot of us had sex for the first time in a car.)
Who wants to answer some TMI questions about sex? You do! Obviously, this survey is NSFW and probably shouldn't be taken with your boss standing directly behind you. I tried to be as inclusive as possible, but sex is a complicated thing, so I apologize in advance if I leave out something relevant to you. Feel free to make use of the "other" boxes.