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Well, that was a miserable debate. Let’s talk about something else. October 3, 2012

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Terrifying ancient freaky-headed sharks! And toothy fish, and giant-eyed squid, and other monsters of the deep.

The ancient signs of rushing water on Mars!

The NYT has a charming and thorough discussion of young boys who, for whatever reasons, want to wear and play with “girly things”.

“The unruly-looking mob in her driveway is there to help her feel safe again. They are members of the Arizona chapter of Bikers Against Child Abuse International, and they wear their motto on their black leather vests and T-shirts: ‘No child deserves to live in fear.'”

ALSO: Go vote for BICP in the TopWebComics listing! You can vote once per day, all month. As of this posting, we’re hanging in on the bottom of the front page — let’s see if we can stay there!

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Historical same-sex weddings, fantasy female armor, texting in West African languages, and more January 7, 2012

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How to talk about gender with first graders in a way that gets them thinking and not bullying.

Musings on fantasy armor versus female figures, as crafted by someone who actually makes armor.

A history of Chicago’s underground abortion services in the years before Roe v. Wade.

A cryptographer takes a closer look at Biblical Greek and inadvertently discovers that Paul’s only clear condemnation of homosexuality…was a mistranslation.

Debunking the myth that pre-colonial Africa had no homosexuality. With research!

The tensions faced by a mixed-race family.

How do you keep a language from dying out? Make it available to text in, as is being done with the Mande family of West African languages and hopefully plenty more to come.

Next time someone tells you they support traditional marriage, send them this link: records of Christian same-sex weddings from the 300s through the 1600s.

Translated MadoHomu doujin October 22, 2011

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Found a text translation by superlink@tumblr of this doujinshi by MURA@pixiv, so I went and did a quick typesetting job. Homura/Madokami, magical fempreg.

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The kids are all right June 22, 2010

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The moral life of babies – trying to figure out how early a sense of justice/morality/fairness develops, and how well. Infants do appear to have a sense of helping-versus-hurting, even before they have a sense of language…and, with it, a sense of Us-versus-Them, in which it’s important to be fair to Us, but not so much to Them.

Father-child bonds among various animals. Intriguing dynamics across a wide range of species, plus a couple of very cute photos.

And, for that matter: the links between animal abuse and child abuse, and how giving one the attention it deserves can have the bonus of helping stop the other.

Childhood sociology professionals are starting to question the merits of…best friends. Because liking some people more than others is exclusionary, and forming intimate relationships puts you at more risk of being hurt. (If you, too, want to smack whoever came up with this idea, be sure to check out the comments, which are a refreshing deluge of WTF at the whole thing.)

Thankfully, a Japanese bill that would have cracked down on bad things happening to fictional people – the actual term the bill used is “nonexistent youth” – has been defeated. One victory for freedom in art, and one that was up in the air for a good while, even with heavyweights like Rumiko Takashi voicing their opposition.