Biologists call a small male fish who darts in to fertilize eggs a “sneaker,”, a medium male who resembles a female a “female mimic,”, and a large aggressive territorial male a “parental,” to place a positive spin of his egg guarding. Both the sneaker and the female mimic are “sexual parasites” of the parental male’s “investment” in nest construction and territorial defense. The sneaker and the female mimic are said to express a gene for “cuckoldry,” as though the parental male were married to a female in his territory and victimized by her unfaithfulness. In fact, a territorial male and the female who is temporarily in his territory are not pair-bonded. Scientists sneak gender stereotypes into the primary literature and corrupt its objectivity. Are these descriptions only harmless words? No. The words affect the view of nature that emerges from biology.
Joan Roughgarden (2004) Evolution’s Rainbow: Diversity, Gender, and Sexuality in Nature and People, University of California Press, Berkeley
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The Ganges is a river intimately connected with every aspect of Indian life. It is a source of water, energy and livelihood for millions of people who live along the banks of this river. Thanks to the fertile lands, it provides food to more than one-third of the Indian population. Its ecosystem also includes one of the most varied animal and plant species. Despite this, today it is one of the most polluted rivers in the world.

Photographer Giulio Di Sturco has been awarded a 2014 Getty Images Grant for Editorial Photography for his project ‘Ganges: Death of a River.’ Read more about Giulio and the project here.

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The Borowitz Report: Queen Accepts Scotland’s Apology



“‘Although the matter of independence has been settled, one question remains very much open,’ she said in an address televised across Scotland. ‘And my answer to that question is this: yes, I forgive you.’”

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Oh, Scotland. I had such hope for you.


‘Empty buckets’ in Henan say no to Ice Bucket Challenge

Dozens of people in the drought-hit Henan Province are protesting against the Ice Bucket Challenge, which has become a global viral trend

Armed with empty buckets, bowls and other containers, the protesters stood outside the Spring Temple Buddha in Lushan County on Friday.

The Chinese characters on their clothes read: “Henan, please say no to the Ice Bucket Challenge.”

The province is experiencing its worst drought since 1951. Nearly 19 million people have been affected by the drought.

With that in mind, protesters are calling for water to be saved and other sensible means to be used to help patients of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).

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Queer Confession #1

I came out to my family against my wishes about seven years ago. My mother was watching television with me in her bedroom. It was Mother’s Day. I made a casual remark about how I didn’t find Halle Berry attractive, then another woman flashed on the screen and I said, “now her, she’s fucking gorgeous.” I think it was a make-up ad.

My mother turned to me and gave me a very odd look. It was the sort of look one imagines a mouse to give a cat right before she is consumed. The commercials ended and the show we were watching came back on. My mother would squirm and wriggle in her seat on the sofa whenever a woman came on the screen. Then, a woman began to make out with a man and my mother coughed. I cannot tell you what happened between that moment and the moment my lips formed the words “I’m not straight.” All I remember is that I felt sick. I didn’t want to tell her, but she somehow forced the words from my gut. She told me that I ruined her Mother’s Day, that she always was afraid I would turn out to be a dyke, that she knew there was a reason I couldn’t keep a boyfriend, and then she kicked me out of her room. We didn’t speak for a few weeks. To this day, if she becomes very angry with me, she will remind me that I ruined her Mother’s Day in 2007.