The Mounties (proper name Royal Canadian Mounted Police) have recorded the latest It Gets Better video. "The video features adults who share their stories of their struggles, with the aim of building a bridge of understanding for youth undergoing similar experiences," the video's description notes. While the U.S. sees big electoral gains in same-sex marriage rights and growing acceptance among citizens, it's nice to see this message from the country's neighbor to the north.
In the last few years, several laboratory studies have shown that, to some extent, we can tell whether someone is gay or straight, just by glimpsing their face. When asked to categorise male and female facial photos as “gay” or “straight”, participants have consistently performed at better than chance (though nowhere near perfect). And a new study, published today in PLoS One by psychologist Joshua A. Tabak and colleagues, is shedding light on how this “snap judgement” occurs. Could it be that participants simply pick up on boyish hairstyles, or meticulously manicured facial hair, or flamboyant eyewear choices? While these might be hints in real-life interactions, any such cues are removed from the photos used in these carefully controlled studies.
By now, you're probably familiar with the "Hey Girl" meme, in which Ryan Gosling face (and occasionally abs) are overlaid with sexy, sexy messages. The Ryan Gosling Tumblr meme has since gotten out of control, spawning dozens of offshoots, like my favorite, Feminist Ryan Gosling ("Hey Girl. Yes means yes."). Well, for those of you who don't fancy Mr. Gosling, there is now Hey Girl, It's Rachel Maddow.