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“Apparently, no one hipped these guys to the fact that a remake doesn’t render the first one non­existent. Strange but true.”

I have no plans to see the current “Ghostbusters.” A “Ghostbusters” remake doesn’t interest me, no matter what equipment the ‘busters are packing in their pants. Or, um, jumpsuits I guess.

Thanks, guys: Going to see the all-female ‘Ghostbusters’ is now a political act [Ann Hornaday – The Washington Post]


PR woman Cheryl Conner writes about a Cheryl Rios, a fellow PR person who says she lost a lot of business when she posted her political views online.

I used to be concerned about that myself – that posting my political views might alienate people I need to work with. However, I’ve been talking politics on social media for many years now, and it doesn’t seem to have hurt my work.

I try to be respectful of my peers, even though I’m often disdainful of public officials and of views I think are foolish.

Also, my views aren’t particularly outrageous.

Also, I nearly always keep political discussions away from work venues.

Still, I have been concerned about alienating industry people through my political posts. I discussed that with a friend inside the industry. He pointed out that a lot of people like to argue. So for everyone I alienate, presumably there’s someone else who’s attracted to the opportunity to tell me what a dope I am.

Conner writes about using political posts as a means of building business. That’s not why I do it. They are compartmentalized. My political posts and my work are separate parts of my life. As Americans, we have a right to free speech, and as Americans we have a duty to exercise that write where we believe something strongly.

I’m burying the lede here.

Throughout reading Conner’s article, I wondered what terrible views Rios held that made her anathema to her clients. Conner doesn’t say. So I looked her up.

Rios says a woman should never be President because hormones make them unsuitable wartime heads of state, and also because it’s in the Bible.

Rios’s problem isn’t that she expressed a political view online. Her problem is that her view is ignorant. Counter-examles from history: Queen Elizabeth, Golda Meir. Counter-examples from the Bible: Deborah, Jael, and the Queen of Sheba.


Meet the men of PR: ‘It is a different world for us’ [Yuyu Chen – Digiday]

It can get lonely for a guy in PR.

One senior exec with more than 15 years experience has often found himself to be the only man in the room. He recalls one meeting in particular when, while waiting for things to get started, a female colleague gushed about Tory Burch. Others joined in. “I had no idea what in the world they were talking about,” he said. “She responded, ‘You don’t know what Tory Burch is?’ And the rest of the women were like, ‘Really?’”

Sure, the smallest violin in the world plays the saddest song for this fellow. And yet, at some of the companies he’s worked for, he was often excluded from happy hour because the rest of his colleagues wanted a girls night out. He’s been left out of office perks, like manicures, when there was no macho equivalent.

I’m curious what my friends in PR think of this.

I have no idea who Tony Burch is. I don’t remember ever hearing the name before.


Porn is a public health crisis

The scientific evidence is decisive – porn causes a broad swathe of harm across multiple segments of society.

There’s a significant positive association between porn use and attitudes supporting violence to women.

Gail Dines, professor of sociology at Wheelock College in Boston and author of “Pornland: How Porn has Hijacked our Sexuality,” at the Washington Post:

Because so much porn is free and unfiltered on most digital devices, theaverage age of first viewing porn is estimated by some researchers to be 11. In the absence of a comprehensive sex-education curriculum in many schools, pornography has become de facto sex education for youth. And what are these children looking at? If you have in your mind’s eye a Playboy centerfold with a naked woman smiling in a cornfield, then think again. While “classy” lad mags like Playboy are dispensing with the soft-core nudesof yesteryear, free and widely available pornography is often violent, degrading and extreme.

In a content analysis of best-selling and most-rented porn films, researchers found that 88 percent of analyzed scenes contained physical aggression: generally spanking, gagging, choking or slapping. Verbal aggression occurred in 49 percent of the scenes, most often in the form of calling a woman “bitch” and “slut.” Men perpetrated 70 percent of the aggressive acts, while women were the targets 94 percent of the time. It is difficult to account for all of the “gonzo” and amateur porn available online, but there is reason to believe that the rented and purchased porn in the analysis largely reflects the content of free porn sites. As researcher Shira Tarrant points out, “The tube sites are aggregators of a bunch of different links and clips, and they are very often pirated or stolen.” So porn that was produced for sale is proffered for free.


Cory Doctorow on Boing Boing:

Now that Indiana Governor Mike Pence has signed one of the most extreme anti-abortion laws in the country — which includes a ban on abortions based on race, sex and disability, requiring abortion doctors to ask invasive personal questions of women seeking to terminate their pregnancies — women in his state have decided that they will give him the intimate information about their reproductive health that he so obviously craves.

Making tech pink won’t attract women


Tech recruiters are making pink websites, distributing flyers on polka-dot paper, and giving away nail files and cosmetics to attract girls and women to code. Girls and women are turned off.

Such pink-coated outreach efforts are not limited to young women.

At a recent Bay Area tech mixer put on by Girl Geek Dinners, the tech company that chose the decor elected to replace office lightbulbs with pink and purple ones, bathing the entire event in a fuchsia glow. An open bar was covered with a pink sequined runner. Guests were encouraged to take a Cosmo-style personality quiz revealing their nerd girl personas and given slap-bracelets and strawberry lip balm at the door.

Technology has been associated with masculinity since long before the personal computer. Tools used by men – those, say, for building a house – became technology. Tools used by women – sewing machines, KitchenAid mixers, a mortar and pestle – were instead utensils and appliances.

How not to attract women to coding: Make tech pink

Photo, from the article: Bryanna Gigles, 15, and Yvonne Gonzales, 17, at work in a Girls Who Code class at Adobe in June.

The photo is part of a slideshow accompanying the article. The first, main slide displays a young woman showing off her T-shirt, which reads “You are the CSS to my HTML.” She’s looking down at the slogan on the T-shirt, her hands are parting her long hair to display the slogan better, and she’s pushing out the slogan so it’s more visible. In other words BOOBS!! Maybe not the best photo choice for this particular article.