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Well, for anyone out there who has been reading, I apologize for the absence.  I’ve been moving from one end of California to the other and it has been a little bit of a tech upheaval.  And then there is the packing and unpacking.  And the new job.  So, I’ve been a little bit overwhelmed with it all.  But, today I read a post over at Feminist Philosophers that was a good kick in my pants to get me posting again!

 The blog entry is actually indicting a recent study finding that adult color preferences match up with those stereotypical color choices that our culture has assigned by gender.  The blog entry refers to readers to Bad Science to see all the problems with the study.  But, the most interesting thing to me in the blog entry was the following line:

A quote from Ladies Home Journal, 1918:  “There has been a great diversity of opinion on the subject, but the generally accepted rule is pink for the boy and blue for the girl. The reason is that pink being a more decided and stronger color is more suitable for the boy, while blue, which is more delicate and dainty, is prettier for the girl.” 

First of all, the fact that there was a “great diversity of opinion on the subject” is interesting.  I guess I never really thought about the root of all this color assignment – and people sitting around justifying certain color choices for certain genders.  But I did find it interesting that in 1918, pink was “a more decided (?) and stronger color” than blue.  It doesn’t seem that pink has changed as a color.  So, I guess perhaps arguing against using pink for girls is actually taking a step backwards in the gender wars!  I will definitely don my pink clothing with a little more gusto now. 

I always thought pastel green and yellow were nice colors for babies.  I haven’t gone through the birth of a child yet, so I can’t speak from experience.  But, I found this all very interesting!

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Are you one of “those people”?  The person who is constantly referring to politicians by name and state while others can not even name our Vice President (21% according to a recent poll).  If so, you may have a new place to showcase your talents and a way to boast about it that others will be more able to understand.  Enter Fantasy Congress.  Created by students at Claremont McKenna University in California, the league makes following politics and legislation a competitive affair, with points being scored for introduction of legislation, passing through committee and the big points for the legislation actually passing into law. 

I think it sounds like a great tool for getting students of government classes in high school involved in following the legislative process, getting to know their representatives, etc.  Most college students could use the knowledge base as well.  If it increases awareness about our political system and encourages citizens to know more about their government representatives, than I think its a great idea. 

If anyone has experience using it, please chime in.  I think I might give it a try.  I could probably use some education on upcoming legislation and representatives myself.  In reality, couldn’t most of us?  To read more on Fantasy Congress (and some other less intellectual fantasy leagues) see this LA Times article from July 11.



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