September 25th, 2017
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September 25th, 2017: Hal Con was a lot of fun! Thank you to everyone who came by and especially big thanks to the two Squirrels Girl who came by! BOTH WERE GREAT COSTUMES and it's always awesome to see cosplay of your characters. Thank you so much!

– Ryan

posted by [syndicated profile] meekcomic_feed at 06:12am on 25/09/2017

Posted by shingworks

On the plus side, she doesn’t have to live at home anymore…?

Apologies for falling a bit off schedule! That was because I got sick, which I had unfortunately not penciled in. Regardless, last week The Meek won an Ignatz for Outstanding Online Comic, which is still surreal to me, and I can’t quite believe it happened. Thank you all so much again for your support.

This past week I also launched a new comic anthology called ALLOY: Electrum, showcasing stories about complicated identities. This inaugural volume focuses on a topic that I definitely touch upon in The Meek, which is being mixed-race. I am one of those people who is constantly writing about my life through an entertaining veil of lies, because transparency is scary, but in the last year or two I realized that I could be working harder to clearly advance the agenda of things I really care about (comics, representation, and paying people). This anthology has been a dream project of mine for a long time, but I didn’t feel confident in trying to get it made until early this year. I’m happy to finally launch this, and to work with a bunch of artists to tell some authentic all-ages fiction and non-fiction stories about the mixed-race experience… maybe one of those artists will be you?

Pitch submissions open on Wednesday 9/27, I hope some of you will consider submitting :] if not, and if this volume goes well, there will be future opportunities to submit as well. If you’re more of a reader-type, you can follow the Twitter for updates, announcements, and a few previews of who and what’s to come.

Anyways, I’ve got a lot of updates to make on ye olde Patreon so those will be up soon too, sometime tomorrow after both my dentist appt and getting my car fixed, lol, the fun never ends. Lets wrap this thing up FOR REALS now

September 23rd, 2017
posted by [syndicated profile] post_secret_feed at 10:46pm on 23/09/2017

Posted by Frank

        

Dear Frank-
Years ago I started writing notes and putting them in random places like behind paintings in hotels, between the pages at book stores and in Sky Mall Magazines on airplanes. While browsing through a PostSecret book, I found one of my notes. That small ripped piece of paper is featured above. I attended your event last week at CMU. I’m thankful for your ability to speak to people in their broken places.
-JM

September 22nd, 2017
posted by [syndicated profile] xkcd_feed at 04:00am on 22/09/2017
posted by [syndicated profile] socioimages_feed at 02:00pm on 22/09/2017

Posted by Neeraj Rajasekar

Originally posted at Discoveries

Punk rock has a long history of anti-racism, and now a new wave of punk bands are turning it up to eleven to combat Islamophobia. For a recent research article, sociologist Amy D. McDowell  immersed herself into the “Taqwacore” scene — a genre of punk rock that derives its name from the Arabic word “Taqwa.” While inspired by the Muslim faith, this genre of punk is not strictly religious — Taqwacore captures the experience of the “brown kids,” Muslims and non-Muslims alike who experience racism and prejudice in the post-9/11 era. This music calls out racism and challenges stereotypes.

Through a combination of interviews and many hours of participant observation at Taqwacore events, McDowell brings together testimony from musicians and fans, describes the scene, and analyzes materials from Taqwacore forums and websites. Many participants, Muslim and non-Muslim alike, describe processes of discrimination where anti-Muslim sentiments and stereotypes have affected them. Her research shows how Taqwacore is a multicultural musical form for a collective, panethnic “brown” identity that spans multiple nationalities and backgrounds. Pushing back against the idea that Islam and punk music are incompatible, Taqwacore artists draw on the essence of punk to create music to that empowers marginalized youth.

Neeraj Rajasekar is a Ph.D. student in sociology at the University of Minnesota.

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September 22nd, 2017: Today and this weekend I am at HAL CON in Halifax!! It's gonna be awesome. Will I see you there? The answer: HOPEFULLY YES

Also, it's the first day of fall! You know what that means: scroll waaaaay down and you'll get the special fall footer, assuming you're not on mobile! If you ARE on mobile, you don't get the footer, but you do get to save a few kilobytes of data. YOU'RE WELCOME.

– Ryan

September 20th, 2017
Piled Higher & Deeper by Jorge Cham
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title: "Your Social Parabola" - originally published 9/20/2017

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posted by [syndicated profile] xkcd_feed at 04:00am on 20/09/2017
posted by [syndicated profile] socioimages_feed at 02:00pm on 20/09/2017

Posted by Evan Stewart

Over at Family Inequality, Phil Cohen has a list of demographic facts you should know cold. They include basic figures like the US population (326 million), and how many Americans have a BA or higher (30%). These got me thinking—if we want to have smarter conversations and fight fake news, it is also helpful to know which way things are moving. “What’s Trending?” is a post series at Sociological Images with quick looks at what’s up, what’s down, and what sociologists have to say about it.

The Crime Drop

You may have heard about a recent spike in the murder rate across major U.S. cities last year. It was a key talking point for the Trump campaign on policing policy, but it also may be leveling off. Social scientists can also help put this bounce into context, because violent and property crimes in the U.S. have been going down for the past twenty years.

You can read more on the social sources of this drop in a feature post at The Society Pages. Neighborhood safety is a serious issue, but the data on crime rates doesn’t always support the drama.

Evan Stewart is a Ph.D. candidate in sociology at the University of Minnesota. You can follow him on Twitter.

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September 20th, 2017: This weekend I am at HAL CON in Halifax!! It's gonna be awesome. Will I see you there? The answer: HOPEFULLY YES

– Ryan

September 18th, 2017
posted by [syndicated profile] xkcd_feed at 04:00am on 18/09/2017
posted by [syndicated profile] socioimages_feed at 01:12pm on 18/09/2017

Posted by Hubert Izienicki

In February, CBS Sunday Morning aired a short news segment on the bro hug phenomenon: a supposedly new way heterosexual (white) men (i.e., bros) greet each other. According to this news piece, the advent of the bro hug can be attributed to decreased homophobia and is a sign of social progress.

I’m not so sure.

To begin, bro-ness isn’t really about any given individuals, but invokes a set of cultural norms, statuses, and meanings. A stereotypical bro is a white middle-class, heterosexual male, especially one who frequents strongly masculinized places like fraternities, business schools, and sport events. (The first part of the video, in fact, focused on fraternities and professional sports.) The bro, then, is a particular kind of guy, one that frequents traditionally male spaces with a history of homophobia and misogyny and is invested in maleness and masculinity.

The bro hug reflects this investment in masculinity and, in particular, the masculine performance in heterosexuality. To successfully complete a bro hug, the two men clasp their right hands and firmly pull their bodies towards each other until they are or appear to be touching whilst their left hands swing around to forcefully pat each other on the back. Men’s hips and chests never make full contact. Instead, the clasped hands pull in, but also act as a buffer between the men’s upper bodies, while the legs remain firmly rooted in place, maintaining the hips at a safe distance. A bro hug, in effect, isn’t about physical closeness between men, but about limiting bodily contact.

Bro hugging, moreover, is specifically a way of performing solidarity with heterosexual men. In the CBS program, the bros explain that a man would not bro hug a woman since a bro hug is, by its forcefulness, designed to be masculinity affirming. Similarly, a bro hug is not intended for gay men, lesbians, or queer people. The bro hug performs and reinforce bro identity within an exclusively bro domain. For bros, by bros. As such, the bro hug does little to signal a decrease in homophobia. Instead, it affirms men’s identities as “real” men and their difference from both women and non-heterosexual men.

In this way, the bro-hug functions similarly to the co-masturbation and same-sex sexual practices of heterosexually identified white men, documented by the sociologist Jane Ward in her book, Not Gay. Ward argues that when straight white men have sex with other straight white men they are not necessarily blurring the boundaries between homo- and heterosexuality. Instead, they are shifting the line separating what is considered normal from what is considered queer.  Touching another man’s anus during a fraternity hazing ritual is normal (i.e., straight) while touching another man’s anus in a gay porn is queer.  In other words, the white straight men can have sex with each other because it is not “real” gay sex. 

Similarly, within the context of a bro hug, straight white men can now bro hug each other because they are heterosexual. Bro hugging will not diminish either man’s heterosexual capital. In fact, it might increase it. When two bros hug, they signal to others their unshakable strength of and comfort in their heterosexuality. Even though they are touching other men in public, albeit minimally, the act itself reinforces their heterosexuality and places it beyond reproach.

Hubert Izienicki, PhD, is a professor of sociology at Purdue University Northwest. 

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September 18th, 2017: LOOK WHAT ME AND MY NEW FRIENDS MADE, I GOT SLOPPY DRUNK FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MY LIFE EXCLUSIVELY FOR THIS:

– Ryan

September 17th, 2017
posted by [syndicated profile] phd_comics_feed at 12:25pm on 17/09/2017
Piled Higher & Deeper by Jorge Cham
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title: "Inner Gollum" - originally published 9/15/2017

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September 16th, 2017
posted by [syndicated profile] post_secret_feed at 11:19pm on 16/09/2017

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On 9/11/17, 3:59 AM, “Frank Warren” <frank@postsecret.com>
Dear Frank,
Yesterday I went to Barnes and Noble to get a book on infertility (my husband and I have been trying to conceive for almost a year and have reached the point of needing medical appointments). I picked up a PostSecret book while there and clinging to that book is the only thing that kept me from crying while I had to look through the pregnancy and baby type books to find a book to help my hurting heart. I didn’t find what I was looking for but I bought the postsecret book and wanted you to know that it brought me comfort.

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Information on Upcoming PostSecret Exhibition at the Museum of Man
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RSVP and Details for PostSecret Live! in Oslo at Urban Peace Week
(Free and Open to All, September 21st)

September 15th, 2017
posted by [syndicated profile] meekcomic_feed at 06:45pm on 15/09/2017

Posted by shingworks

WE DID IT WE WON THE IGNATZ

I say “we” because this comic is nothing without you guys reading, commenting and supporting my work. This is such a huge milestone for the comic, I cannot thank you enough for letting me create this story for you. Also: thank you for your kind comments on the reflection comic, and for letting me get those thoughts off my chest :’] I’m so sorry again for the hiatus and for not being able to let you know what was going on at the time (it would have killed the comic for sure), but thanks to you I never have to be in that situation again.

Now lets finish up this chapter X[____________]

*nb* I’m posting this update on what was previously a different page in order to preserve your comments! Comments posted prior to ~11am 9/17 was in reference to the reflection comic, which is archived here

I’ve been reflecting on the comic a lot this year, what with the book coming out and it being 20 years (!!!) this year since I first started thinking about what eventually became the story.
After all these years of work without much notice outside of the internet, this nomination means a lot to me. Realistically I don’t think I can win, but it’s been quite a journey for me to get to this point, and I wouldn’t want to go down without a fight :] If you’re going to SPX tomorrow, please consider voting for the comic!

Update tomorrow, and the next 2 updates I do will be Meek updates to finish up the chapter. I might be revising my Ch6 schedule too, to start if off a bit earlier. Once MI is over this will be my only updating comic for a while, should be awesome XD

Thank you so much again for reading.

Posted by Evan Stewart

In an era of body positivity, more people are noting the way American culture stigmatizes obesity and discriminates by weight. One challenge for studying this inequality is that a common measure for obesity—Body Mass Index (BMI), a ratio of height to weight—has been criticized for ignoring important variation in healthy bodies. Plus, the basis for weight discrimination is what other people see as “too fat,” and that’s a standard with a lot of variation.

Recent research in Sociological Science from Vida Maralani and Douglas McKee gives us a picture of how the relationship between obesity and inequality changes with social context. Using data from the National Longitudinal Surveys of Youth (NLSY), Maralani and McKee measure BMI in two cohorts, one in 1981 and one in 2003. They then look at social outcomes seven years later, including wages, the probability of a person being married, and total family income.

The figure below shows their findings for BMI and 2010 wages for each group in the study. The dotted lines show the same relationships from 1988 for comparison.

For White and Black men, wages actually go up as their BMI increases from the “Underweight” to “Normal” ranges, then levels off and slowly decline as they cross into the “Obese” range. This pattern is fairly similar to 1988, but check out the “White Women” graph in the lower left quadrant. In 1988, the authors find a sharp “obesity penalty” in which women over a BMI of 30 reported a steady decline in wages. By 2010, this has largely leveled off, but wage inequality didn’t go away. Instead, that spike near the beginning of the graph suggests people perceived as skinny started earning more. The authors write:

The results suggest that perceptions of body size may have changed across cohorts differently by race and gender in ways that are consistent with a normalizing of corpulence for black men and women, a reinforcement of thin beauty ideals for white women, and a status quo of a midrange body size that is neither too thin nor too large for white men (pgs. 305-306).

This research brings back an important lesson about what sociologists mean when they say something is “socially constructed”—patterns in inequality can change and adapt over time as people change the way they interpret the world around them.

Evan Stewart is a Ph.D. candidate in sociology at the University of Minnesota. You can follow him on Twitter.

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