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"The main difficulty in refuting people who make the claim that "marriage" has "existed since the beginning of human history" for "men and women [to] come together...for the purposes of having children" is actually that there is too much historical fact that refutes it to easily summarize.

As an anthropologist, the temptation is to cite other cultures ...

But I think those responses, while valid, miss the point.

Santorum and others like him don't mean to include the practices of men and women in Native American, South East Asian, or African traditional societies when they say marriage has existed unchanged since "human history" began, and they don't care if primate studies suggest our species might not actually be quite so naturally straight as they imagine. They mean the history that they claim as their own: the one sanctioned by God as continuing "civilization".

But they are still wrong about those historical facts."

And I'll also quote the last sentence, which is I think the real take-away from the article:

It is inhumane as well as ahistorical, and it ignores the one real universal about our species: we are human, and humans evolve to fit their times and circumstances.

Original blog post here

Interesting meta about writing such a post is here

BPL sale

Feb. 4th, 2012 06:35 pm
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Books I got at the Boston Public Library book sale this morning:


And then I got a haircut! It's super short again - and at the moment, it's lying flat and really cute, but that will only last until the next time I wash it. I'd planned to get it cut before the summer field season, but I suddenly have some fieldwork in Dominica coming up next month, so I went ahead and did it now. I'd psyched myself up for a $50 haircut, but it turned out I had ten inches to spare, so I've got a ponytail (currently drying) to be sent to Locks of Love on Monday -- and a free haircut! (I left a pretty good tip.)


Feb. 1st, 2012 10:32 pm
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I did something last week that I did not think I would ever do.

That's right, I JOINED A GYM.

Admittedly the main draw was yoga classes two nights a week. I've been somewhat keeping up with doing yoga DVDs at home, but it's much nicer to have a real live instructor with some variety, and a place to do yoga that is fully carpeted.

(Oh man, this floor. I'm fairly sure my basement apartment is cinderblocks under minimal insulation under hard, shiny tile - 3 mm of yoga mat, even 3 mm of yoga mat plus a towel, is not enough to make it stop destroying my wrists and toes. It has already literally decimated the glass objects I owned when I moved in.)

So, back to the gym - it's clear from my immediate impressions that the only gym-like structures I've entered for the last, oh, seven years have been Icelandic swimming pools. What? Shoes allowed in the locker room?? What, I have to bring my own lock?? Individual shower stalls? Changing rooms?? It's like I'm living in a repressed society with unhealthy body image issues that paradoxically glorifies self-centered autonomy! Or something.

Anyway, this is all a prelude to: I CAN almost DO PUSH-UPS NOW! \o/!
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It has been brought to my attention that I've been completely remiss in my promise to post here about archaeology and Iceland. Yeah, yeah, mea culpa. There are a few reasons for this which can be summarized as (a) busy and (b) inertia and (c) some things that have been troubling me wrt one's right to privacy and oversharing on the internet - but mostly (d) increasing awareness of my own intellectual inadequacy (which I hear is something that happens when you learn more, go figure).

But I have an MA in archaeology now (have had since June, didn't post, oops?), which means I Know Things And Have The Documentation To Prove It.

Far too much has happened, and has led to what is happening, for me to summarize here. Also, I am hungry, and have been too distracted to eat most of the afternoon (because I have just finished a really outstanding novel called Eifelheim by Michael Flynn).

So if there's something you want to know and/or talk about, why don't you ask it here? I will possibly expound in comments.


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