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Nerd Assertiveness and Insensitivity to Privilege (from [personal profile] erinkyan's Google Reader, from Sociological Images, which everyone needs to read, seriously. Awesome blog.)

In other news, I am getting so very, very bored of this whole unemployment thing. It's starting to really get to me. I've been actively looking for work for the last month, and while I'm getting interviews, I'm not getting anywhere. I've only now started the process of getting Centrelink payments, because I was so certain that I would be able to get another job by now. But things are slowly crawling away from me. I'm running out of money, and thus running out of time, and I just really wish I could find a job somewhere, but the world is rather rudely pointing out how lucky I was the last few jobs I got. It's not like I'm not qualified for the jobs I keep applying for, but I'm just not getting a lot of bites.

Still, not much I can do but keep looking, I s'pose. Unless anyone has any better suggestions, anyway.
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I have mentioned to a couple of people that one resource that I always felt was missing in the blogosphere was a blog about men and masculinities, written by men, from a feminist viewpoint. It turns out that there was one all along, and that I had just never seen it.

XY Online (RSS)

It's actually astonishingly close to what I'd call my "perfect resource" - full of resources about masculinity and men all around the world, from worldwide perspectives... this one's definitely going on my google reader. It's apparently looking for submissions from people, as it's recently had a reboot. I am very tempted to contribute, but then I'd have to actually write something of contributable quality on the subject matter!

I do know a few people on my flist who, I'm sure, would be interested in the resource ([personal profile] radicalyffe, I'm looking at you!), and I'd strongly recommend anyone who is curious have a look - it's quite good!
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Discovered in the Facebook Ads while going about my daily business.

On the one hand, it's a brilliant idea - Laser hair removal costs a ton, so why not create a home system? It's a perfectly marketable device.

On the other hand, You are giving an untrained a person a class 3 laser in an unsupervised setting, where they'll be aiming it directly at themselves, probably even near eyes or gibbly bits. Chances are excellent they'll be using it on themselves, meaning possible flinches that could lead to any number of ill effects, and possibly even putting such a device within reach of children.

What could possibly go wrong?
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An interesting report on racial discrimination in the workplace focusing on Chinese, Italian, Middle-Eastern and Aboriginal groups.

It's quite the interesting study, actually, doing a few neat experiments and drawing a few not particularly pleasant conclusions. Basically, if you have a Middle-Eastern or Chinese name, you're going to have to work much harder just to get an interview, which does not bode well right now, seeing as jobs are getting thinner and thinner on the ground.

I would have been interested to see if the race of the person looking at the resume makes any difference to rate of callback in the jobseeker category, but I'm not surprised that such information wasn't available considering the setup of the test, and I'm sure if I had access to the literature databases again, I'd probably be able to find some tests on that.

Definitely a very interesting read, I recommend looking through it.
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LJ has a friends of friends feed you can go to (ie, it gives you all the entries of not just your friends, but any of their friends). Mine, f'rex, is:

http://kirby1024.livejournal.com/friendsfriends

I never knew!

In other news, lots of stuff be happening. Will probably try and update sometime tonight, because I think I do need to talk about stuff.
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This was yoinked from [livejournal.com profile] trinityva, and is harrowing and beautiful. People should definitely read this, although fair warning, some content may be triggering for some readers, especially survivors of violence.
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So, I was doing my normal morning stroll through feminist blogs this morning, and came across this link in one of the comments:

Don't you realise fat is unhealthy?

Don't let the title fool you - the author is using it in an ironic sense. It's a manifesto of their blog (or at least the principles underlying it), which is all about fat acceptance, and is also a really good primer about the various research around that points out that actually, all that stuff that society keeps throwing at us about how being overweight is such a terrible thing is complete bullshit.

I highly recommend it as a very accessible read for everyone.

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