Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Boris Johnson = wanker and mouthfrothingly bad research of the day

There's been this free festival in London, originally called Respect, now called Rise, going for the last 10 years or so, and it's central function and role is as an anti-racism festival. That delightful new London mayor, Boris Johnson, has decided it will not longer be anti racist.
Info taken from The F Word.
Why? I mean, what possible reason could he have to disallow them to promote it as anti racist, except for the fact that he supports racism?

And while we're at it, stupid research of the day award goes to this article.
  • 90 people do not a good sample group make.
  • "Scientists at the prestigious Stockholm Brain Institute in Sweden also found certain brain circuits linked to emotional responses were the same in gay men and straight women." So the imnplication is that gay men and women are overly emotional now are we? As opposed to straight men and unfeeling dykes?
  • "suggest the biological factors that influence sexual orientation - such as exposure to testosterone in the womb - may also shape the brain's anatomy." Does it really? Are we certain of this or is it just conjecture? Why the hell are we researching what makes people gay anyway? It doesn't fucking matter. we are what we are and I cam't help feeling that the research is being done so that people can choose not to have gay children. Fuck off.
  • "identified differences in spatial and verbal abilities related to sex and sexual orientation. Tests have found gay men and straight women fare better at certain language tasks, while heterosexual men and lesbians tend to have better spatial awareness." Bollocks.
  • "The results could explain a University of London study earlier this year that found gay men and straight women share a poor sense of direction compared with heterosexual men, and were more likely to navigate using landmarks alone." Fuck off fuck off fuck off.
  • "some mental disorders affect men and women differently. For example, major depressive disorders are far more common and persistent in women, while autism is around four times more common in boys than girls." Could this not be a diagnosis problem?
And where's all this research on bisexuals then? Not that I want to be dissected but there's a lot of us out there. Or do we not fit into your straight/gay landscape? How do they know none of the straight men or women in the study were in the closet?
Angry angry angry angry.

1 comment:

Feminist Avatar said...

And could all of these differences in behaviour be explained by socialisation? Quite likely.