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Four Stone Hearth brought to you by Zenobia

Posted by gregdowney on July 22, 2010

That's MacTut, laddie!

Zenobia: Empress of the East is hosting the latest edition of Four Stone Hearth, the anthropo-carnival. It it’s 97th edition, the carnival this time brings us a pile of good stuff, and although Judith admits she prefers her subjects long dead, and buried in hardened volcanic ash, she brings us a wide range of the fun and fascinating. From Pompeii to monkey adoption, prognasticating octopus to the first cuneiform tablet ever found in Jerusalem to King Tut’s surprisingly small penis, you know that Four Stone Hearth is going to bring you the best of virtual anthropology. And the best is damn good.

So if you’re wondering whether Tut was cursed to be both under-endowed and Scottish (ouch), whether passive sentences are really hard to understand or if it’s just the ‘paper-airplane effect’ in action, or if the Dutch truly have found the answer to the question of overcoming human differences — orange — the what are you still reading this for!? Get ye to Four Stone Hearth!

And by the way, am I the only her person who winds up shouting at the television set, ‘Caster Semanya’s GENDER was never in question! It was her SEX, dammit!’ simply because I hate the way that the word ‘gender’ seems to have simply become a euphemism for whether someone has a winky or not? Okay, maybe it’s just me.

2 Responses to “Four Stone Hearth brought to you by Zenobia”

  1. judithweingarten said

    Gender testing, yes. I should have picked that up.

    • gregdowney said

      Oh, no, Judith, I wasn’t saying this about you. It’s something I keep hearing in the media, at least in Australia. They seem afraid to say that it’s ‘sex testing,’ so they say ‘gender testing.’ But the problem is that ‘gender,’ for anyone in anthropology at least, is all the non-biological dimensions of being male or female that cultures associate with the sex of being male, female or something else.

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