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Lexicon Valley Explores the Origins of the 'Gay Voice' - LISTEN

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Slate magazine’s Lexicon Valley podcast typically takes a deeper look at the social underpinnings of different words. This week, however, Slate’s Mike Vuolo, WNYC’s Bob Garfield, and University of Minnesota professor Benjamin Munson unpack the recent history and contemporary research of the often maligned “gay voice.”

Often dismissively attributed to an inherent affinity for femininity the gay voice, Munson explains, is rooted in a number of culturally complex social practices.

“If you think about what people thought about homosexuality in the 30s, 40s, and 50s, you know they still thought about it in very freudian terms as a state of arrested psychosocial development.

And so if you think of it as, you know, gay men are in an arrested childlike state of psychosocial development, it just stands to reason then that gay men would produce speech in a childlike way. And one of the most salient stereotypes of what children sound like is a speech error like a frontal ‘s.’”

Give this week's episode of Lexicon Valley a listen AFTER THE JUMP...

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The Gay Guys Behind ASAP Science Debut Quirky 'The Science Love Song' - VIDEO

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The two brilliant gentlemen behind ASAP Science take a break from educating us about quantum mechanics and bioscience to debut a lovely song about love...using science of course. Listen to "The Science Love Song," where the two sing about sharing their last electron in a covalent bond for two, whatever that means, and more AFTER THE JUMP...

Also, you can satisfy your unbeating, yet unfeeling, heart for more by purchasing the charming song on iTunes or listening to it on Bandcamp.

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The Smithsonian Explains The Science Behind A 3D-Printed Bust Of President Obama - VIDEO

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President obama 3d bustRecently, the Smithsonian stopped by the White House to take a 3D-printed portrait of President Obama.

The finished product will be be the highest resolution digital model of a head of state.

Earlier this year, the Smithsonian Institution added hundreds of artifacts to document LGBT history including a selection of props and memorabilia from Will & Grace.

Take a look at an official White House video of the process, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Scientists Say Homosexuality Is 'An Essential Part Of Human Evolution'

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A group of researchers from the University of Portsmouth conceived a new theory that homosexuality helped humans form beneficial relationships with each other in the earliest hunter-gatherer communities to ensure survival reports City A.M. Charles Darwin's laws of natural selection state that unless a trait is passed on reproductively from generation to generation, it eventually disappears – yet the percentage of the population that is gay, whether female or male, has remained roughly the same. Diana Fleischman, head author of the report, said sexual behavior and relationships encompass much more than just the act of it.

Said Fleischman:

"From an evolutionary perspective we tend to think of sexual behaviour as a means to an end for reproduction.
 
"However, because sexual behaviour is intimate and pleasurable, it is also used in many species, including non-human primates, to help form and maintain social bonds. We can all see this in romantic couples who bond by engaging in sexual behaviour even when reproduction is not possible."
 
Screen Shot 2014-11-25 at 2.46.35 PMTo test this theory, researchers examined the "Social" hormone progesterone, produced in the ovaries of women and adrenal glands in men, that encourages people to engage with others in positive, constructive ways. They asked participants in the study questions such as "The idea of kissing a person of the same sex is sexually arousing to me," and, "If someone of the same sex made a pass at me I would be disgusted." Researches compared the answers to the level of progesterone in the blood. 
 
Final results published in the journal Archives of Sexual Behaviour, show that the people with higher levels of the hormone are more inclined to have homoerotic thoughts. Heterosexual men and women, for example, were more open to the idea of engaging in homosexual behaviour when progesterone levels were high. Also, men who produced more of the hormone felt more homosexual if they were reminded of a societal need to be friendly with other males. 
 
However, researchers found that in order for this advantageous trait to pass on to next generations, the individual must be bisexual. Essentially, an individual passes on their genes through heterosexual sex and reinforces group connections with fellow hunter-gatherers through homosexual sex to ensure both reproductive and social survival. Other studies of fellow members of the great ape family already show a link between a need to form intimate relationships and homosexuality, but this was the first time the trait was revealed in humans. However, expect the angry Christian woman to tackle and debunk this theory after she finishes her "thesis" on her trip to the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago.

Angry Christian Lady Has Meltdown Over The Field Museum's Exhibit On Evolution: VIDEO

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File this under, "Good grief." A woman named Megan Fox--not Mrs. Brian Austin Green--decided to go on a trip to the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago and check out its "Evolving Earth" exhibit "to audit it for bias." As her video description on YouTube notes, what she found was altogether shocking!

[Megan] found many examples of inconsistencies and the Field Museum's insistence that people support opinion as fact without proof. The Field Museum pushes certain theories as if they are absolute proven law when that is not how the scientific method works. She found enough bias to show that the people who put this exhibit together at the Field Museum pushed an agenda with quasi-religious overtones: the cult of "science" where the "scientists" are more like high priests pushing a religion instead of using the correct scientific method. Aside from having time machines, there is no way these people can be this certain about things they speculate happened millions of years ago before recorded history.

Megan's YouTube channel is devoted to exposing "subversive elements in children's books and teen literature." She proudly proclaims herself as "a homeschooling, Tea Partying, conservative mother of two (with another on the way!) out and about in the suburbs."

Let's hope that Fox's righteously enraged question, "Do you know how complex feet are?", becomes a meme. 

Watch her thorough examination and debunking of the "cult of science," AFTER THE JUMP...

[h/t OMG Blog]

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Study Finds Global Acceptance Of Homosexuality And Gay Rights Is Rising

A new study conducted by the NORC of the University of Chicago and the Wiliams Institute at the UCLA School of Law shows global acceptance of homosexuality increased over the last two decades in a release posted on the Williams Institute website. The results were released Nov. 7 in Washington D.C. during a meeting regarding LGBT rights, global stigma and economic growth.

WI-LOGO-NEW-330x170Around 90 percent of residents in the countries that were surveyed became more accepting of homosexuality over the span of 20 years. The study reviewed responses to 2000 survey questions asked in hundreds of surveys about general attitudes toward gays and lesbians between 1981 and the present. The Director of International Programs at the Williams Institute, Andrew Park, commented on the study.

Said Park:

"Available research on global public acceptance of lesbians and gay men is limited. This study shows a clear trend toward increasing acceptance across the globe."


Norc-330x80Findings show that women are generally more accepting than men of gays and lesbians, and younger people below the age of 30 are more accepting of homosexuality than those that are 65 and older, and tend to remain supportive as they age.

The highest rate of acceptance is in the Northwestern countries of Europe with an acceptance rate of 91 percent and the lowest rate of acceptance is in the African country of Ghana with a measely 2 percent. Surprisingly, the study listed the U.S., the majority of African and Muslim countries as some of the most accepting countries of homosexuality however, most African countries that were surveyed ranked in the bottom third of all the other countries in the world in regards to their level of acceptance of lesbian and gay people.

With new, even harsher anti-gay laws proposed in Uganda, and transphobic attacks still occurring in the U.S. with limited hate crime law protections, serves as a reminder that attitudes may be changing, but the fight for civil rights and protections is far from over.

The complete report on the study is available on the Williams Institute website.


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