Patriarchy, On Fire, superfecundation, sexual intercourse, moral acceptability, football fatalities

A few recent observations shared on my Mastodon account.

I’ve moved from Twitter to Mastodon (although my Mastodon posts appear in my Twitter feed, I don’t interact with them there). If you’re still using Twitter, I hope you’ll come over. Twitter is terrible and we shouldn’t use it anymore, while the Mastodon platform is better architecture for prosocial purposes. Governments and other institutions that need to communicate with the public especially should not rely on Twitter. Here’s one of many articles explaining why.


In 1988 (the year I started college), 1% of articles that mentioned women or gender anywhere in their Web of Science record had “patriarchy” the title. That was the peak use of the term. [link]


In an interview, KC Green the cartoonist who created the “On Fire” comic 10 years ago this week, said he made it as a reflection of his mental state, “I was getting my [antidepressant] medication right, for the first time in my life. … I was just ignoring the bigger picture, which eventually is just how you sort of live life, that is just normal for everyone to some degree.” Because of how it’s used as a mem, I always assumed it was critical of the clueless dog, but actually it was (ironically) admiring the dog’s attitude. [link]


Just (as early as?) 45 years ago, someone wrote in a letter to the New England Journal of Medicine that “adopted children may in the future search computer files for missing parents with the right genetic makeup. The letter was in response to a report of “superfecundation,” or dizygotic twins born together with different fathers, confirmed with human leukocyte antigen (HLA) typing. [link]

Such twins are sometimes made deliberately now, as in the case of Andrew and Elad Dvash-Banks, a gay married couple who had twins through surrogacy, with one baby born from each father’s sperm. The case turned into an immigration issue because the babies were born in Canada, and Elad is not a US citizen, so someone (unsuccessfully) challenged that baby’s citizenship status. This case is featured in the forthcoming 4th edition of my book.


Also for the new edition of my book, I updated the trend in high school students who report ever having had sexual intercourse, in the CDC’s Youth Risk Behavior Survey. The rate continued to fall through 2019. Stay tuned for post-pandemic numbers. [link]


Most things subjected to Gallup’s “morality” poll show increasing acceptance among Americans. Gay and lesbian sex shows the greatest increasing in “morally acceptable” rating. [link]


The rate of fatalities from head/brain and spine injuries playing American football has fallen to about 4 deaths per year, nationally (discounting the pandemic years), down from almost 20 per year around 1970. This doesn’t include long-term injuries, of course. [link]

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