micdotcom:

Watch: John Oliver and some puppets sing about how broken America’s prison system is

It’s easy to ignore conditions in the prison system. Once you’ve seen John Oliver’s tirade on the subject, though, it’s impossible not to care.

What the government is doing to fix it

(GIFs via sandandglass

(Source: sandandglass)

likeafieldmouse:

Mary Tuma - Homes for the Disembodied (2000)

likeafieldmouse:

Mary Tuma - Homes for the Disembodied (2000)


micdotcom:

‘Rosie the Riveter’ camps are real and we wish we could go to one 

Summer camp has never looked so good, or so empowering.
Rosie’s Girls is taking a newer, feminist spin on the idea of what it means to have a summer experience with your peers. The program, which operates in several states nationwide, takes middle school-aged girls on a journey that includes both manual work and emotional work, with the goal of imparting the self-confidence sympbolized by the camp’s namesake: feminist icon Rosie the Riveter and her real-life counterparts.
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micdotcom:

‘Rosie the Riveter’ camps are real and we wish we could go to one 

Summer camp has never looked so good, or so empowering.

Rosie’s Girls is taking a newer, feminist spin on the idea of what it means to have a summer experience with your peers. The program, which operates in several states nationwide, takes middle school-aged girls on a journey that includes both manual work and emotional work, with the goal of imparting the self-confidence sympbolized by the camp’s namesake: feminist icon Rosie the Riveter and her real-life counterparts.

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skunkbear:

The recent release of “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" reminded me of one of my favorite ape vs. man films – this 1932 video that shows a baby chimpanzee and a baby human undergoing the same basic psychological tests.

Its gets weirder – the human baby (Donald) and the chimpanzee baby (Gua) were both raised as humans by their biological/adopted father Winthrop Niles Kellogg.  Kellogg was a comparative psychologist fascinated by the interplay between nature and nurture, and he devised a fascinating (and questionably ethical) experiment to study it:

Suppose an anthropoid were taken into a typical human family at the day of birth and reared as a child. Suppose he were fed upon a bottle, clothed, washed, bathed, fondled, and given a characteristically human environment; that he were spoken to like the human infant from the moment of parturition; that he had an adopted human mother and an adopted human father.

First, Kellogg had to convince his pregnant wife he wasn’t crazy:

 …the enthusiasm of one of us met with so much resistance from the other that it appeared likely we could never come to an agreement upon whether or not we should even attempt such an undertaking.

She apparently gave in, because Donald and Gua were raised, for nine months, as brother and sister. Much like Caesar in the “Planet of the Apes” movies, Gua developed faster than her “brother,” and often outperformed him in tasks. But she soon hit a cognitive wall, and the experiment came to an end. (Probably for the best, as Donald had begun to speak chimpanzee.)

You can read more about Kellogg’s experiment, its legacy, and public reaction to it here.

(via npr)

likeafieldmouse:

Hans Silvester - More from the Natural Fashion series (2006-7)

likeafieldmouse:

Hans Silvester - More from the Natural Fashion series (2006-7)


elmonoautista:

Beautifully Repeating Skeletal Sculptures by Monika Horčicová

Czech artist Monika Horčicová creates sculptures using the repeating forms of the human skeleton. Far from being creepy, her works are beautifully complex studies of a familiar form, revealed through the use of unusual orientations and numbers.

Her “Wheel of Life” is a perfect example. Here we see 58 repeating legs and feet arrayed in a wheel-like form; the knees remaining straight until they reach the ground in what looks like a never-ending series of forward steps. At the center, or hub of the sculpture, is a fused series of hip bones forming a perfect fan.




(Source: asylum-art)

elmonoautista:

Jemimah Patterson

Jemimah’s work is heavily influenced by the fact that she is one of a conjoined set of identical twins. This twinning creates resonant psychological dimensions that are reflected in her compositions; paired or mirrored motifs recur throughout her work, often creating surrogate double portraits.

(Source: asylum-art)

pleatedjeans:

excuse me while i look fabulous [x]

pleatedjeans:

excuse me while i look fabulous [x]