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Gender Stereotypes Banned in British Advertising

The U.K.’s Advertising Standards Authority said in a statement that it will also ban ads that connect physical features with success in the romantic or social spheres; assign stereotypical personality traits to boys and girls, such as bravery for boys and tenderness for girls; suggest that new mothers should prioritize their looks or home cleanliness over their… Read More >> 0 comments

See the Wildest Hats from the Royal Ascot

The Royal Ascot is a series of horse races, yes, but it’s also so much more than that. It’s when the Queen shows off her sporty side, the royals have a family reunion, and British society comes out to play. And play they do! Some hats are simple and avant-garde, others are wild floral crowns… Read More >> 0 comments

Can music heal our national divisions?

But we should not discount the power of music to bring Americans together. One-hundred-fifty years ago this week, the National Peace Jubilee sought to achieve precisely this goal in the wake of a moment far more divisive than today — the Civil War — and its success, though in some ways limited, is a sign… Read More >> 0 comments

Harmony – and emotion. Herbie Hancock & Jacob Collier.

Video – harmony and emotions. Herbie Hancock & Jacob Collier. 23-year-old musician, composer and multi-instrumentalist Jacob Collier explains the concept of harmony to 5 different people; a child, a teen, a college student, a professional, and jazz legend Herbie Hancock.

Music in Mongolian nomad culture

During a drop-in home visit to a family in the Dukha Community, two young girls sang a beautiful song that Ganbat, the community Shaman, had taught them about reindeer. It was so beautiful that we wanted to hear it again- but this young girl was not about to give an encore. Eventually, she did sing… Read More >> 0 comments

The Mystery of Business Casual

Structurally and philosophically, the fashion industry isn’t great at dealing with change. American life has been casualizing since the 1990s, and nowhere is that clearer than in offices. The trend has left both designers and shoppers confused about what people should be wearing for jobs that were very different (or entirely nonexistent) before the advent… Read More >> 0 comments

Rejection kills

The brain makes no distinction between a broken bone and an aching heart. That’s why social exclusion needs a health warning. … Rejection, it tells us, actually hurts.

Don’t misread Darwin: for humans, ‘survival of the fittest’ means being sympathetic

Video: Human survival instinct to be kind & the effect of social class on generosity…. In this short video, the psychologist Dacher Keltner at the University of California, Berkeley puts kindness in evolutionary context, connecting his own recent neural-imaging work on compassion with Darwin’s view that sympathy is a cornerstone of human flourishing.  

Book subtitles are getting ridiculously long. What is going on?

Blame a one-word culprit: search. Todd Stocke, senior vice president and editorial director at Sourcebooks, said that subtitle length and content have a lot to do with finding readers through online searches. “It used to be that you could solve merchandising communication on the cover by adding a tagline, blurb or bulleted list,” he said…. Read More >> 0 comments

When in Rome, don’t dress as a centurion, say city authorities

Authorities in the Italian capital have now enforced a slew of rules, updated from legislation drafted in 1946, as they seek to clamp down on uncouth behaviour that has long been a source of frustration. One of the measures is a permanent ban on modern-day centurions – men who dress up in tunics and leather… Read More >> 0 comments

Digging their heels in: women wage war on footwear dress codes

It’s hard to imagine men enduring decades of pain and long-term physical injury just to “look the part” in the workplace – after all, many bemoan the necktie as too restrictive for the daily grind. … Now consider this: millions of women around the world, at all levels of the workplace hierarchy, have consistently spent… Read More >> 0 comments

The bias hiding in your library

Cataloging and classification are critical to any library. Without them, finding materials would be impossible. However, there are biases that can result in patrons not getting the materials they need. I have worked in university libraries for over 20 years, and I’d like to highlight some issues of bias that you need to be aware… Read More >> 0 comments