• The Woman Who Smashed Codes: America’s Secret Weapon in World War Two a Book by Jason Fagone

The Woman Who Smashed Codes: America’s Secret Weapon in World War Two a book by Jason Fagone

From Dinner Parties To Spy Rings, ‘The Woman Who Smashed Codes’ Bursts With Detail

“No code is ever completely solved, you know.”

It’s quite a time to be reading The Woman Who Smashed Codes. Subtitled The True Story of Love, Spies, and the Unlikely Heroine Who Outwitted America’s Enemies, Jason Fagone’s book delivers on that promise, bringing one woman’s deliberately erased accomplishments back into the limelight. But it also resounds with warning bells that should sound farther away than they prove today.

…By the time Elizebeth and future husband William Friedman are decoding messages for the government at the start of World War I, her life seems almost incredible. And that’s before Fagone gets to the ciphers themselves.

Government outsiders called them magic, and though Fagone dutifully details cryptology concepts and ciphers, you’d be forgiven for suspecting something supernatural in the Friedmans’ abilities. Starting out side-by-side on a tycoon’s landscaped estate, they became the founders of modern codebreaking.

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• Men of the World: Please Condemn Sexism and Sexual Assault On the Basis They’re Morally Wrong – and Not Primarily Or Only Because You Have Daughters or Sisters

Men of the World: Please Condemn Sexism and Sexual Assault On the Basis They’re Morally Wrong – and Not Primarily Or Only Because You Have Daughters or Sisters

I’ll admit this has become a minor pet peeve of mine over the last few years: men who don’t or won’t speak up to condemn sexism unless they frame it in terms of their daughters, sisters, or grandmothers.

If you are a man, it really should not take you having a daughter (or other woman relative or woman friend in your life) to condemn sexism or sexual assault.

Just acknowledge and realize that women are fully human and deserving of respect and dignity just as much as any man. That’s all it should take.

Viewing women through a prism of male relation or being ‘owned’ by a man (father, brother, or husband, whomever) and condemning rape or sexual harassment on that basis is itself troubling and sexist.

Here are some links about this phenomenon (and related):

Stop Mentioning Your Daughters When You Denounce Harvey Weinstein

Snippets:

by Hunter Harris

Something happens when a dude has a daughter: Women, once mystifying, vexing creatures with shoe racks, eyelash curlers, and vagina holes become fully formed three-dimensional human beings.

The mere and sudden fact of fatherhood pushes men into a new realm of cognizance: They have to care about what happens to women — but only some, and only if they’re of a certain race, class, or status — and maybe even take misconduct against them a little personally.

A daughter gives them skin in the patriarchal, sexist game they once could look past.

I know this because every time a man is accused of something bad, or when someone he knows is accused of something bad, the same quote surfaces: “As a father of daughters, I …”

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• Bible Passage Used to Stop Women Become Ordained ‘Added Later’, Academic Claims

Bible Passage Used to Stop Women Become Ordained ‘Added Later’, Academic Claims

Bible Passage Used to Stop Women Become Ordained ‘Added Later’, Academic Claims

Bible passage banning women from speaking in church, which was later used to stop the ordaining of female priests, was not in the original script and ‘added later’, academic claims

  • US academic believes section of Corinthians was not originally written by Paul
  • Dr Philip Barton Payne claims a symbol in the margin indicates it was added later
  • He analysed the Codex Vaticanus, one of the oldest versions of the Greek Bible

A passage in the Bible that was used to prevent women from being ordained is not original and was added in later, it is claimed.

The section in Corinthians, which says that women should remain silent in church, has been used to restrict the priesthood to men only.

But academic has claimed that the passage was not written by the Apostle Paul but was actually added in later.

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• Female Coders Are Rated More Highly Than Men – Except When People Know They’re Women

Female Coders Are Rated More Highly Than Men – Except When People Know They’re Women

Female coders are rated more highly than men—except when people know they’re women

Snippets:

A group of computer scientists, when studying the acceptance of contributions on the software repository GitHub, found open source code written by women is actually more often approved than code written by men.

The catch—there’s always a catch—is that this only happens when the woman’s gender is hidden.

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• For the First Time A Woman is Set To Become A Marine Corps Infantry Officer

For the First Time A Woman is Set To Become A Marine Corps Infantry Officer

This news item is likely to upset the majority of American, Christian gender complementarians and their talking points.

It’s also likely to upset or anger many of my fellow conservatives who have a knee-jerk tendency to react harshly against any such accomplishments by women, or women breaking traditional gender expectations, because they are so paranoid of all things secular, left wing feminist (even if said story or accomplishment has little to nothing to actually do with left wing feminism).

First female Marine in history to graduate infantry training course

For the first time, a woman is set to become a Marine Corps infantry officer

Snippets:

by Jim Michaels
Sept 21, 2017

WASHINGTON — For the first time, a woman is set to become a Marine Corps infantry officer, a milestone in the Corps’ 242-year history.

The woman, whose name has not been released, is scheduled to graduate from the physically demanding infantry officer course Monday.

She will be the first women to complete the 13-week course. Since it was opened to females in 2012, 36 women have enrolled in the course.

“The female officer within Infantry Officer Course has completed all graduation requirements and is scheduled to graduate with her peers on Sept. 25, 2017,” the Marine Corps said in a statement.

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• Viking Warrior Discovered in Sweden Was a Woman, Researchers Confirm

Viking Warrior Discovered in Sweden Was a Woman, Researchers Confirm

Viking Warrior Discovered in Sweden Was a Woman, Researchers Confirm

by Emily Shugerman

Scientists had long assumed the skeleton belonged to a man

Swedish scientists have revealed that the body of a Vikingwarrior long presumed to be male is, in fact, female.

A team of researchers from Stockholm University conducted a DNA analysis of the skeleton and confirmed that it belonged to a woman. The 10th-century skeleton, the researchers concluded, is the first confirmed female high-ranking Viking warrior.

Scientists had long assumed that the skeleton was male – despite early indications that she may have been female – largely because of the status symbols buried alongside her.

Early archaeologists uncovered a sword, an axe, a spear, armour-piercing arrows, a battle knife, two shields, and two horses in the grave, signifying the buried individual’s status of as a “professional warrior”.

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• The Biggest Myth About Our Brains is That They are “Male” or “Female” by Lila MacLellan

The Biggest Myth About Our Brains is That They are “Male” or “Female” Lila MacLellan

The Biggest Myth About Our Brains is That They are “Male” or “Female” Lila MacLellan

Snippets:

We take for granted how often laymen and even researchers use science—and specifically neuroscience—to “verify” stereotypes about gender: That men are naturally more competitive, for instance, or that women are more in touch with their emotions and better skilled at communicating.

Such notions aren’t just academic, but pervasive and potent, indirectly influencing the way we organize our households and organizations, not to mention the way we see our relationships, and even ourselves.

Recently, former Google engineer James Damore was fired from the company after writing a memo criticizing its diversity programs, and suggesting there may be biological reasons that women aren’t fully represented in engineering.

Studies have found that women care more about people than things, wrote Damore, who holds a graduate degree in biology and cited studies from both Wikipedia and reputable institutions.

“When I hear stories like the Google memo in the news, I think, Is this 1873 or 2017?” says Kimberly Hamlin, a professor of American Studies at Miami University.

Hamlin, who is the author of From Eve to Evolution: Darwin, Science, and Women’s Rights in Gilded Age America, says the same arguments about women’s abilities keep being repackaged with new natural reasoning because “naturalist” explanations for why there are few women in science and tech are easier to accept than the more complex structural ones.

…Today, these five researchers, while still working independently, also join forces in pairs or as a group to write papers for the scientific and popular press, and to respond to public issues about gender and neuroscience, explaining the many ways that neuroscience studies and their tantalizing headlines are misleading or misinterpreted.

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