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App to prevent 'accidental incest' proves a hit with Icelanders

App to prevent 'accidental incest' proves a hit with Icelanders | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
The risk of Icelanders accidentally sleeping with a relative is apparently high enough to justify the creation of a smartphone app to help prevent it. Iceland isn't a big country.
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End of the circumflex? Changes in French spelling cause uproar

End of the circumflex? Changes in French spelling cause uproar | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
Controversy has emerged in France over new spellings for more than 2,000 French words.
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The Feminist History of Prohibition

The Feminist History of Prohibition | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
A look at the feminist roots of the temperance movement.

 

In pursuit of temperance, too, women came to invade even that most sacred of male spaces: the saloon. One could argue, too, that the results of Prohibition—opposite-sexes mixing in speakeasies—perhaps did more to end the male-only drinking culture of the 'saloon' than the temperance movement ever did.

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Gender and pop culture: "Vocal fry"

You sound like a Kardashian? Speech therapists "vocal fry" the call is low, throaty-up of young women are gaining importance. "Sunday Morning" Faith Salie co...
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Popular culture changes our linguistics patterns (with some strong gendered implications).  Here is one current manifestation of the cultural patterns and processes that make human interactions so dynamic.

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The Failure of Multiculturalism

Multicultural policies accept that societies are diverse, yet they implicitly assume that such diversity ends at the edges of minority communities. By forcing people into ethnic and cultural boxes, they help create the very divisions they were meant to manage.
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This is an interesting op-ed on European multiculturalism and political/cultural problems. 

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In the first majority-Muslim U.S. city, residents tense about its future

In the first majority-Muslim U.S. city, residents tense about its future | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
The same city has elected a majority-Muslim city council.
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A Brazilian student mapped out Rio's racial segregation at the beach. Can you say "white folks only?"

A Brazilian student mapped out Rio's racial segregation at the beach. Can you say "white folks only?" | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
In an ethnically diverse country, the extent that people live in affluent, white-only clusters goes far beyond what he ever imagined.
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Infographic: Learn Top 10 Travel Destinations in the World

Infographic: Learn Top 10 Travel Destinations in the World | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
Based on Trip Advisor's annual Traveler's Choice Destinations Awards, this infographic features the top-voted sites in the world, according to millions of
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Why Do So Many Americans Think They Have Cherokee Blood?

Why Do So Many Americans Think They Have Cherokee Blood? | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
The tradition of claiming a Cherokee ancestor continues into the present. Today, more Americans claim descent from at least one Cherokee ancestor than any other Native American group. Across the United States, Americans tell and retell stories of long-lost Cherokee ancestors. These tales of family genealogies become murkier with each passing generation, but like Phelps, contemporary Americans profess their belief despite not being able to point directly to a Cherokee in their family tree.
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Latinos outgrew Sábado Gigante's racism and misogyny long before it ended

Latinos outgrew Sábado Gigante's racism and misogyny long before it ended | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
The 53-year-old show brought Latino Americans together like nothing else, but its ‘humor’ perpetuated outdated racial and gender divides
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Dale Talde's 'Proudly Inauthentic' Versions of McDonald's Chicken Nuggets and Apple Pie

Dale Talde's 'Proudly Inauthentic' Versions of McDonald's Chicken Nuggets and Apple Pie | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
Chef Dale Talde, who just published his cookbook Asian-American, wants you to make McDonald's' chicken nuggets and apple pie at home...except way better.
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East Meets West: An Infographic Portrait by Yang Liu

East Meets West: An Infographic Portrait by Yang Liu | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it

The artist and visual designer Yang Liu was born in China and lives in Germany since she was 14. By growing up in two very different places with very different traditions she was able to experience the differences between the two cultures first-hand.

Drawing from her own experience Yang Liu created minimalistic visualizations using simple symbols and shapes to convey just how different the two cultures are. The blue side represents Germany (or western culture) and the red side China (or eastern culture): the image above represents the boss's influence over other workers.

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How to make sense of Rachel Dolezal, the NAACP official accused of passing for black

Her story is mind-bending, but so is the concept of race itself.
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Her individual story might not warrant the attention it is getting, but it is challenging many people's very notion of race--and that is worth discussing.  Race as a concept is part biological, but primarily a social construct that is can break down and be incredibly 'slippery.'

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Shaving Dogs Into Cubes Is A New Japanese Craze And We Can't Stop Staring

Shaving Dogs Into Cubes Is A New Japanese Craze And We Can't Stop Staring | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
Dog lovers in Japan have taken grooming to a whole new level of strange by styling their dogs into perfectly trimmed and symmetrical cubes.

Japan, a country known for their love of turning everyday items and things into block form (see the 'square watermelon' for proof), are so taken by the craze that it’s proved a big hit at this Tokyo dog show.
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Because culture. 

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10 Signs You Grew Up In Between L.A. and O.C.

10 Signs You Grew Up In Between L.A. and O.C. | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
Living in the middle ground of Los Angeles County and Orange County has it's perks and cons.
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Preserving Arapesh: UVA Linguist’s Tie With Villager Enlightens Students

Preserving Arapesh: UVA Linguist’s Tie With Villager Enlightens Students | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
Fewer than 100 people still speak Cemaun Arapesh, one of more than 800 languages spoken in Papua New Guinea. Last winter, UVA linguist Lise Dobrin invited a native speaker to Grounds to assist her efforts to preserve the language.
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My Application for the LA Times Middle East Correspondent Job

My Application for the LA Times Middle East Correspondent Job | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
The LA Times has been the butt of jokes on social media this week thanks to a poorly-worded job listing for a Middle East Correspondent.
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Yoga class cancelled at University of Ottawa over 'cultural issues'

Yoga class cancelled at University of Ottawa over 'cultural issues' | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
A yoga instructor who says her free class at the University of Ottawa was cancelled because of concerns over cultural appropriation believes the student union's issues are misplaced.
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Reebok blames 'design error' for regrettable UFC Ireland shirt

Reebok blames 'design error' for regrettable UFC Ireland shirt | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
Reebok removes ‘UFC Ireland’ T-shirt that omitted Northern Ireland after widespread public backlash
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Ireland the island or the political entity that is known as the Republic of Ireland?  This shirt pushed a few political and cultural buttons. 

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Will Jose Bautista bat flip mark turning point in MLB acceptance of Latino culture?

Will Jose Bautista bat flip mark turning point in MLB acceptance of Latino culture? | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
Given the long odds of making it to the majors from Latino countries, players like Jose Bautista and Yoenis Cespedes should not be admonished for celebrating with joy and passion.
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Are the traditionalists demanding that young players (often from other countries and cultures) "respect the game" really demanding that they culturally assimilate into MLB's culture?  I don't doubt that Bautista will face retribution in the future, but isn't that a simply a violent form of enforcing cultural norms?  MLB has allowed 'unwritten rules' to be enforced by the locker room and pitcher retaliation against the batter.  Here is to hoping that purists stop demanding cultural assimilation as MLB's population has globalized and diversified.

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The surprising geography of American left-handedness

The surprising geography of American left-handedness | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
Data on the left-handed is hard to come by.
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This is interesting to me, since my younger sister is the left-handed person in my family. The map  in the article shows that a lot of people who are left-handed are from the Northeast, which is cool because most of my family members who were immigrants came to this area. I'm surprised that someone actually got in trouble about using their left hand in 2015, especially a four-year-old!

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Editorial: Bring Syrian Refugees to Michigan

Editorial: Bring Syrian Refugees to Michigan | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
President Barack Obama has signaled the United States will accept at least 10,000 more refugees from Syria during the next year. Michigan should lobby to be the destination for most, if not all of those seeking new homes.

Bringing them here makes sense. The state already has one of the largest Syrian immigrant communities in the nation. There are a number of public and private support agencies in place with expertise in dealing with Arab newcomers.

In addition, Michigan has an abundance of inexpensive, available housing particularly in Detroit and its other urban centers. Detroit, with up to 80,000 abandoned structures, would benefit from refugees willing to repair and homestead those properties.
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Why Pixar Remade Certain Scenes for Foreign Viewers in Inside Out

Why Pixar Remade Certain Scenes for Foreign Viewers in Inside Out | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
If there’s one thing that Inside Out’s main character Riley hates, it’s broccoli. Or is it? Last week Pixar tech artist David Lally pointed out on Twitter that Japanese children watching Inside Out will see Riley balk at a different green veggie: peppers. But that’s not the only change made to help the film translate better....
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Gregory Stewart's curator insight, August 29, 2015 9:51 AM

You will get an interesting perspective on the making and the marketing of this movie.

Courtney Barrowman's curator insight, September 11, 2015 9:50 AM

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Is Racism Alive And Well In South Africa's Schools?

A viral video in South Africa apparently shows pupils of Johannesburg's Curro Roodeplaat school being separated into groups by skin color after they get off a bus. The school released a statement saying it drives pupils who take English, most of whom are black, and those who take Afrikaans, most of whom are white, in separate buses. This is not the first time it's happened, and the government is relaunching investigations.
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I Have Been Sitting on Manspreaders For the Last Month and I Have Never Felt More Free

I Have Been Sitting on Manspreaders For the Last Month and I Have Never Felt More Free | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
How I snapped and started taking up as much space as I deserve.
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Public space has historically been masculinized and women often are marginalized in spaces, but also in terms of how much space they culturally feel they are are allowed to occupy.  Here is a humorous account one woman who is demanding her space.  


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