Time to get back into these monthly linkspams.
Cartomancer on Greek Masculinity – This is a long but worthwhile article on masculinity in ancient Greece. What’s interesting is that there are multiple masculinities (just as there are today, of course), as illustrated in Achilles and Oddyseus.
The Intersection of Guess Culture and Sex is Rape Culture – The thesis is in the title, and I agree with it. When consent is important, such as in the realm of sex, then it is important that consent be clear. I am not exactly sure what the advantages guess culture has over ask culture, but clear communication is certainly not among them.
The Value of a Vote – ExtraTricky calculates the value of a vote based on the probability that it could have flipped the election (according to polling estimates). In California, our votes are worth 40 times less than the average vote. I guess… I guess I already knew democracy was dead, and didn’t need math to tell me so.
Ace Tropes – This is a series about tropes in asexual fiction. I wrote the first six articles, but it is now being continued by the excellent Sara. I really enjoy writing about tropes because it’s a way to connect to other people over fiction, without having to have read and liked exactly the same fiction. I live on the long tail of culture, liking things that hardly anyone else likes, but that doesn’t mean we can never talk to each other.