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  • London Olympics 2012: “Sexy” women’s volleyball and basketball uniforms updated at last

    shot from behind of a female volleyballer in uniform - sleeveless tracksuit top and tight bike shorts

    Some of you oldie Hoydens might remember my 2008 post on Australian Olympics uniforms, Women still the sex class in international elite sports. I thought I’d do a bit of an update on gender and our Aussie uniforms for the 2012 Olympics. And – how often does this happen? – things have actually changed for the better, at least in two sports!

    Most notably, the regulations dictating that all women playing beach volleyball must wear teeny-tiny bikinis has changed. Female beach volleyball players will now have the choice of wearing shorts or bikini bottoms. This change ostensibly took place to enable the participation of more women from countries and cultures which restrict the amount of skin women may show, which is great; it also allows women from other cultures the opportunity to cover up a little more should they so desire.

  • Obligatory London2012 Thread

    A stunt performer dressed as Queen Elizabeth II parachutes into the Olympic Stadium for the Opening Ceremony

    Two words: stunt-queen.

  • Otterday! And Open Thread.

    Please feel free to use this thread to natter about anything your heart desires. Is there anything great happening in your life? Anything you want to get off your chest? Reading a good book (or a bad one)? Anything in the news that you’d like to discuss? What have you created lately? Commiserations, felicitations, temptations, contemplations, speculations?

  • Acronyms of the Day

    RWA & SDO – two personality traits that prop up the kyriarchy

  • Gamers Against Bigotry

    a beam of light like the Bat Signal but the symbol shown is the RSS symbol

    Game design consultant Ernest W. Adams at Butterflies and Wheels: It’s time for us to force the permanent nine-year-olds to grow up or get out of our games and forums.

  • Well done rationalia forum, you’re my final Skeptic straw

    A page on this blog is now titled “Critical Thinking” instead of its previous title “Skepticism”, because that name has become tarnished by the long-lasting and widespread ‘Skepchicks should STFU’ campaign being waged by so-called “skeptics” and “rationalists” who reject the utility of applying critical thinking to social structures, at least if that critical thinking is being done by feminists.

  • TV Thread: so what are you watching?

    The shows we love, the shows we love to hate, the shows we want to love but just don’t do it for us, guilty pleasures and comfort viewing: what floats your televisual boat and why?

  • Verify, check and challenge. Or perish.

    Mr Denmore gives examples of how the writers who are supposedly paid for their knowledgeable insight are shown over and over again to have feet of clay and invisible robes whenever someone cares to look at their published works with a mildly jaundiced eye:

  • Why I Would Rather Let My Son Watch X-Men than Bob the Builder

    Drawing of a young brunette woman in X-Men uniform, with a dragon on her shoulder.

    With my child reaching the advanced age of four and a half I am having a harder time keeping him on the television designed for very little people, and he is starting to ask for the stuff with superheroes in… Read More ›

  • Paying the price for popularity and success?

    A yellow handled sledgehammer with BANHAMMER written on the handle, in front of a grey cloud. Caption reads TODAY'S FORECAST: CLOUDY, WITH A CHANCE OF BANHAMMER

    How the cost of effective comments moderation led a mainstream publisher to hamstring one of their most effective click-generators: without the usual hundreds of comments piling up at a rate of knots, how many people will keep on clicking through repeatedly to Bolt’s posts?