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Chain Your Kid’s Hairbrush to the Bathroom Wall


If you’re curious about the morning routine of this parenting editor, I will tell you that a large portion of it involves scampering around the house, asking: “Has anyone seen a hairbrush?” (I say “a” hairbrush because we have about six of them lying around somewhere.) This has been a dumb, ongoing issue. I never have…

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Listen to an author realize her forthcoming book contains a terrible mistake

Author Naomi Wolf has a new book coming out titled “Outrages: Sex, Censorship and the Criminalization of Love“. It’s about the emergence of homosexuality as a concept and its criminalization in 19th-century England.

…the story, brilliantly told, of why this two-pronged State repression took hold—first in England and spreading quickly to America—and why it was attached so dramatically, for the first time, to homosexual men.

Before 1857 it wasn’t “homosexuality” that was a crime, but simply the act of sodomy. But in a single stroke, not only was love between men illegal, but anything referring to this love became obscene, unprintable, unspeakable.

In a BBC interview with Wolf, her host, historian Matthew Sweet, points out two serious problems with her work. First, she assumes “sodomy” refers to homosexuality, but a key example she uses was a child abuser.

Secondly, she assumes the 19th-century legal term “death recorded” (for example) means the convict was executed, when in fact it means the opposite: the sentence of death being merely recorded rather than carried out, because the prisoner was pardoned and freed. A term she thought signaled draconian punishment turns out to demonstrate leniency.


Here’s the tape. Sweet is polite and professional, and Wolf takes the news well, but it’s very painful listening.

Everyone listen to Naomi Wolf realize on live radio that the historical thesis of the book she’s there to promote is based on her misunderstanding a legal term

— Edmund Hochreiter (@thymetikon) May 23, 2019

Fortunate that it isn’t out yet (and perhaps not even printed, as the release date is a couple of months out) so Wolf and publisher Virago can fix it. But Sweet adds that the supposed execution of gay men in Victorian England is a “major plank” in the book, when in fact the last one took place years before her reign.

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Reductress takes on abortion ban with caustic satirical stories

Recent headlines from satirical articles published at Reductress:

I Believe God Gave Us All Free Will — Except Pregnant Woman

Senator Says the Only Acceptable Way to Kill a Fetus Is With a Gun

Life Is Sacred, That’s Why This Nonviable Fetus Should Stay Inside Me So We Can Both Die

Life Begins the Second a Girl’s Uncle Decides on Incest

Vice interviewed Reductress co-founders and editors Sarah Pappalardo and Beth Newell about their approach to covering extreme anti-abortion legislation:

What does humor add to this conversation that straight news reporting can’t?

Pappalardo: Satire allows us to zero in on the hypocrisies built into the pro-life movement and the political strategies they’ve employed. It’s a way to shed light on less-talked-about subjects […] and hopefully make people feel a little less alone right now. And they aren’t: Pro-choice people are in the overwhelming majority right now. Nothing that happened or will happen in the Supreme Court was achieved democratically.

Newell: We’re able to push the logic of these bills further, which helps to highlight their absurdity. I think we all get a little too used to certain talking points, even when we disagree with them. This is a nice affirmation to ourselves of how incredibly flawed they are.

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How to remember everything you read

Big Think asked Shane Parrish of Farnam Street to offer advice for getting the most out of a book. From the video (slightly edited for clarity):

Before you read a book, take a blank sheet of paper and write down what you know about that subject. You can mindmap it, or you can write bullet points. Then read a chapter of that book. Now go back to that sheet and use a different color pen and fill in the gaps: what did I learn?, did I learn a different terminology?, can I connect it to what I’ve already read?

Before you pick up the book for the next chapter skim this sheet. It primes your brain for what you’re going to read. I think that’s a really effective way to not only build on the knowledge you have but to connect what you’re reading to the existing knowledge. It’s going to show you what you’ve learned because it’s going to be a very visual distinction. It’s going to be a different color of ink, and I think that allows you to connect to the book.

I often do this in the jacket of the book if I don’t have a physical piece of paper.

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Five Slow Cat Feeders to Try If Your Furry Friend Keeps Throwing Up


Is your cat a monster when it comes to food? They scream at your door at 4 A.M. to be fed and then they eat so fast, you think you didn’t feed them at all? You’re not alone. Many cats eat so fast, and so often, it actually can pose a health concern. An estimated 60% of cats are clinically overweight, according to the

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The most dangerous amusement park in US history

Opened in Vernon, New Jersey’s in 1978, Action Park’s biggest claim to fame was the number of injuries experienced by visitors to the amusement and water park. Apparently during Action Park’s heyday, between 5 and 10 guests ended up in the emergency room every weekend. It was nicknamed “Traction Park,” “Accident Park,” and, my favorite, “Class Action Park.” Lawsuits finally shut down Action Park in 1996.

Learn more at Action Park’s extensive Wikipedia page.

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