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Stand By Me (1986)

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Notes: Minster for Overseas Development is the old name for the Secretary of State for International Development, a cabinet-level position. And yes, in TEH Sherlock claimed Mycroft let Jim go as part of their plan. But considering how many other lies he told in that story, do you really think the “we were so far ahead of Jim we decided we could let him go and not watch him closely enough to stop him from poisoning children” part is going to stick?

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February 28th 1953: Watson and Crick discover DNA structure

On this day in 1953, scientists James D. Watson and Francis Crick discovered the chemical structure of DNA. They made the discovery of the double helix structure whilst building a cardboard model of the molecule in their laboratory at Cambridge University. Their model of DNA was based on an X-ray diffraction image taken by Rosalind Franklin and the fact that DNA bases are paired. They first announced their discovery to friends and it was not formally announced to the wider scientific community until April 25th. Watson, Crick and Maurice Wilkins were jointly awarded the 1962 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine for their discoveries. The discovery was a groundbreaking moment for science, and lay the foundations for the research into DNA and the investigation of human genetics.

"We have found the secret of life."
- Francis Crick

I find the whole concept of being ‘sexy’ embarrassing and confusing. If I do a photo-shoot, people desperately want to change me - dye my hair blonder, pluck my eyebrows, give me a fringe. Then there’s the choice of clothes. I know everyone wants a picture of me in a mini-skirt. But that’s not me.

Why College-Aged Men Are Identifying as Feminists

"Ben Weinberg first learned about feminism in high school, and he wasn’t impressed. [….] By the end of the semester, he opened up to the idea of fighting for equality and breaking gender norms—and he decided to take ownership of the F word.

“[Beforehand], there were a couple passionate women I was friends with, who somewhat deterred me from identifying as a feminist because their views seemed stigmatizing,” Weinberg said. “They said things like, ‘You wouldn’t understand, because you’re a man.’ It seemed like it was a female movement, for females only, so I didn’t really deal with it much.”

Ben’s previous outlook wasn’t—and isn’t—uncommon. And that’s thanks to the most obvious depictions of feminism in history and pop culture: women burning bras, aggressively rallying for the right to choose, for equal pay. Through it all, men’s voices have seemed drowned out. But today, that’s changing.

Starting with Emma Watson’s HeForShe campaign, a movement that aims to engage men as agents of change in order to achieve gender equality. In the fall, she gave a 13-minute speech before the United Nations, noting that, errantly, “fighting for women’s rights has too often become synonymous with man-hating,” and advocating for the breakdown of the harmful gender-oriented stereotypes that have caused this. “It is time that we all perceive gender on a spectrum, instead of two sets of opposing ideals,” she said. “If we stop defining each other by what we are not, and start defining ourselves by who we are, we can all be freer, and this is what HeForShe is about.” So far, 224,696 men have joined the movement.

Though male feminists are on the up track, there is still a lot of work to be done. Only about one-fifth of Americans Identify as feminists, and only 16 percent of these people are men, according to a 2013 YouGov poll Though numerous men do support equality, as well as other feminist issues, they shy away from adopting the actual label.

Jennifer Perrine, who’s been a professor of women’s and gender studies for nine years, doesn’t buy that feminism is negatively affecting young men, or any other group for that matter. She’s a proponent of “plural feminisms,” a combination of theories and practices that seek to prevent sexism, against both men and women. “Feminism can help young men just as much as it can benefit women: It expands our society’s capacity to shape different kinds of masculinities,” Perrine says. “In a feminist world, men aren’t forced into limited roles of the macho guy. They can be who they want to be, not who society dictates they should be.”

Perrine believes that educating people of all genders about what feminism really is the first step in diminishing the stigma around feminism. It’s exactly what worked for Ben Weinberg.

“It changed my perspective to realize that it’s not about putting men down to the level of women,” Weinberg said. “It’s about putting women up to [equality with men], and about uplifting every one. We should be passionate about the same issues.”

Read the full piece here