Artist Name: John A. Royston
Artist Name: John A. Royston
A.A. Milne, Pooh’s Little Instruction Book
This guy stopped watching porn — and he wants you to know why. Gender activist Ran Gavrieli felt that most of the images he saw in porn encouraged negative, even violent, attitudes toward women, despite a recent wave of feminist porn. So he pulled the plug, and found that his personal sex life and private fantasies became much more fulfilling.
In his talk at TEDxJaffa, he advocates for physically and emotionally-safe sex, as well as erotica that shows a wider range of fulfilling sexual experiences — including the intimacy of human connection, laughter, and touch. Watch his talk here.
Say hello to Katie Spotz — the youngest person to row solo across the Atlantic Ocean (2,817 miles!), the first person to swim the entire length of the Allegheny River in the US, and someone gutsy enough to run 150 miles across the Mojave Desert and Colorado Desert alone … AKA a fearless adventurer redefining the term girl power.
In a talk at TEDxSMU, Katie explains how she overcame the expectations she had set for herself by stepping out of her comfort zone. For most of her life she thought that running marathons and entering triathlons were for “those people,” she says, and told herself that she would just never be one of them — until one day she decided that the only real thing stopping her from running, rowing, and swimming was not trying.
We love Katie’s spirit and can’t wait for this Thursday: when TEDx communities around the world will celebrate the tenacity, courage, genius, and creativity of women worldwide at TEDxWomen events — events taking part in the conversation led by TED’s super cool TEDWomen conference in San Fransisco.
This is mostly what I think but I am beginning to have my doubts. John Herrman’s right that a lot of the stuff you find on UpWorthy or other buzzy sites right now (“This Recently Married Man Just Realized Marriage Is Not For Him. You Have To Read What He Wrote.”) is just a new way of distributing the content you used to find in e-mail chain letters. But maybe the form of distribution matters. If the “Diane in 7A” hoax is a piece of culture, it’s a piece of corporate culture, produced by an entertainment industry professional (the hoaxer is a reality TV producer) and then distributed by BuzzFeed, a massive media company. When chain letters come to you through your relatives or co-workers, their intent is to amuse you and maybe strengthen your relationship. (Or annoy you, depending on your family.) When they come to you through a media company, the intent is to make money. Culture that serves a social function is judged by different standards than culture with a profit motive.
I don’t care if an e-mail story my Grandma sends me is true because she just wants to virtually hang out with me. You wouldn’t fact-check a story you got told at a bar. I care if a story a media company sells me is true because verifying information is one of their two jobs. We don’t need a media company to repackage tweets for us because this is the internet and we can all just read the stupid tweets ourselves. There’s no value added by distributing content on the internet because you’re just pointing to something everyone else can see. Like I said about horse_ebooks, on the internet, our reception of a piece of culture has a lot to do with how we perceive its intentionality. The intentionality of my Grandma forwarding me something fake is to say hi. The intentionality of media companies, I assume, is to tell me things that are true. I don’t need them to access culture online, because I can do that on my own; I need them to tell me what’s true. For a media company to be reporting a hoax as if it’s true feels like I got duped at the airport into hiring a tour guide who’s bringing me to sights I could see perfectly fine on my own—and then telling me inaccurate stories on top of it. I feel like an understanding has been violated.(via barthel)
Sarah Kay, B
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