A Picture is Worth 1000 Words
The British Museum complied 100 objects to tell the history of the world. What began as a popular radio program is now a bestselling book and “A History of the World in 100 Objects” was published this week in the U.S. Objects range from a two million year old stone chopping tool found in Olduvai Gorge to a coffee-cup-sized solar powered light.
A UMass sociology professor (yay alma mater!) has a new book about her study of the sexual attitudes of American and Dutch parents. Not Under My Roof is going on my reading list, and Salon has a great interview with author Amy Schalet. Interesting facts: HIV rates, pregnancy rates and abortion rates are three times, four times and twice as high (respectively) in the U.S. as in the Netherlands. It’s not because American teenagers are having more sex, it’s because Dutch parents have a different attitude toward teenage sexuality. The title refers to the American hypocrisy that while parents may know there teens are having sex, and even helping them to have sex safely by ensuring they have access to contraception and condoms, there will absolutely not be any sex under my roof.
Fun with data: which are the best states for women to work? D.C. Then Maryland, Nevada, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Delaware. This is part of a series of posts highlighting findings from a new report The Rise of Women in the Creative Class. Interesting stuff.