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Gonads: Dutee | Radiolab | WNYC Studios
mtrbike: Strongly suggest listening to the Radiolab podcast about Dutee Chand, who was also banned from track & field for having too high testosterone. It has a lot about the history of policing femininity in women's sports.

Also notable in that podcast: there is a huge, huge variability of testosterone levels in women, including overlaps between men (at the low end) and women (at the high end). Higher testosterone in women does not actually correlate to higher performance in sports. Higher *natural* testosterone in men doesn't even correlate to higher performance in sports (exogenous supplementation clearly does, which is why it is banned).

At least some of the investigation of Caster Semenya (and of Dutee Chand) seems to be driven by the fact that she looks wierd.
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24 days ago by raccoonnookkeeper
Tropes, trolls and Trump: the fantasy writer who inspired George RR Martin | Books | The Guardian
Without Tad Williams there would be no Game of Thrones. The American novelist on reinventing fantasy – and why no one ever thinks they’re the bad guys
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24 days ago by raccoonnookkeeper
White Witchery - Guernica
I just want a version of the occult that isn’t built on plunder, but I suspect that if we could excise the stolen pieces, there would be nothing left.
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27 days ago by raccoonnookkeeper
Fantasy and Science Fiction: Book Reviews by Elizabeth Hand
Henry Darger: In the Realms of the Unreal by John M. MacGregor
Delano Greenidge Editions, $85.00

Darger: The Henry Darger Collection at the American Folk Art Museum by Brooke David Anderson, Essay by Michel Thevoz translated by Catherine G. Sweeney
American Folk Art Museum, New York, in association with Harry N. Abrams Publishers, $29.85

J. R. R. Tolkien: Author of the Century by Tom Shippey
Houghton Mifflin, $26.00
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5 weeks ago by raccoonnookkeeper
Lessons from the Carrizo Plain | Oakland Geology - Alden
Last week I paid my first visit to the Carrizo Plain since 2005. David K. Lynch’s superb Field Guide to the San Andreas Fault says, “Nowhere in California is the San Andreas Fault more dramatically expressed than in the Carrizo Plain, a closed depression between the Temblor Range to the east and the Caliente Range to the west. Water drains in and evaporates leaving the glistening, usually dry Soda Lake. . . . There is little ground cover and the unobstructed views reveal countless tectonic features in all their glory.” That was true in 2005, when I came through in October and didn’t meet another soul. Not true last week — it was the peak of the wildflower season, Soda Lake was a by-god lake, and hundreds of car-driving, selfie-taking visitors were scattered across this wide, remote national monument.
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5 weeks ago by raccoonnookkeeper

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