Welcome to the weekly variety hour, where I pull up my favorite, most interesting, most fascinating posts of the week. Last week was all science, and this week’s news desk has distinct feminist overtones, a bit about football (and fitness), a lot about AOL, and some of my own posts from around the web.
- Why Keeping Girls Squeaky Clean Could Make Them Sick asks the question: could women be getting more chronic illnesses and autoimmune diseases than men because, as children, they are encouraged to stay clean rather than going outside to play in the dirt?
- Women in Publishing: What’s the Real Story delves into how many women are writing compared to men–and why so few are published.
- The Meaning of No describes pending legislation which would change the meaning of rape to “forcible” rape.
- Trying to Be a Feminist and a Football Fan is a few days too late, but I found it interesting.
- Iowa Football and Rhabdo is a great post by John Welbourn about the 13 Iowa football players diagnosed with rhabdo. John Welbourn is a former player for the Philadelphia Eagles and is the real deal (even if he won’t follow me back on twitter.)
- So You Want To Be A Personal Trainer? Watch this video first.
AOL has been making the news lately, with their leaked business plan and purchase of HuffPo. Here’s some cogent analysis.
- Interview with an Urban Farmer, my conversation with Will Allen, was posted by Spezzatino: the Magazine that Really Feeds People.
- Beet Borscht: A Recipe for Traditional Healthy Food was published on Simple, Good and Tasty.
- Dane Sayers vs. Marcus Levesseur. If you’re an MMA fan, check out this fight.
- Leaked! Ultimate Women Challenge Disaster: Filming Plagued by Lack of Foods, Funds & Training explains what really happened behind the scenes of this yet-unaired women’s reality TV show.
- Dreaming of: Stewartia Psuedocamellia Margaret Roach gets through winter by dreaming of this lovely plant.