Reading about this absolutely insane thing that recently happened in Australia, I have zero doubt this person must have been Extremely Online smh.com.au/national/victoria/t

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(postscript: I just remembered I'm giving the keynote at Coleopterists next meeting. THE TEMPTATION TO RETALIATE IS STRONG INDEED)

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the scarab community has always had its share of Nasty Old Dudes, but this is... REALLY SOMETHING

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"What scarab newsletter?" you may ask. You can't read it anymore, because Coleopterists Society and U. Nebraska have pulled down the archives (and rightfully so)

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...one guy illustrating his Ichs & Herps talk with bikini shots of grad students, and then a day later the ento societies are all apologizing for some scarab newsletter

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Hi mastodons, have I ever got some Private Yelling for you today. In short, there have been TWO recent incidents of old dudes in the herpetology and entomology communities being extremely gross creeps...

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This is apparently the permanent face of our public outreach campaign. I hate it so much. :C

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okay okay, I have to yell about this somewhere: A couple years ago I was asked to do some insect illustrations for our department's outrech booth at fairs, livestock shows, etc. I drew some bugs. Great. However, they got someone ELSE in the dept to design the mascot...

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Maybe this is a first-wave feminism problem endemic to older indie cartoonists (NINA PALEY, I'M LOOKING SPECIFICALLY AT YOU), but I'm kinda bummed about it! Has anyone checked on Shary Flenniken lately?

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ANYHOW, I just wanted to vent about this. Buy the book if you want, but just know that it's hella old-fashioned and tragically low on introspection. :/

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The whole thing reads a lot like it was written by my mom, another very smart, well-meaning ~60yo woman who takes a lot of pseudoscience at face value and is totally unfamiliar with the idea of body positivity, FA, etc.

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OH and some BS evolutionary psychology thrown in for good measure, claiming that modern (American) humans are "trained" to overeat by being bottle-fed (liberally) rather than breast-fed (restrictively??). This is insane from both scientific and maternal perspectives (again, both are outside of Lay's experience)

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Literally no reflection on eating disorders as an actual phenomenon or a dangerous pathology. An emphasis on daily weigh-ins, even though for a pre-menopausal woman (which Lay... ain't), weight will undergo huge monthly fluctuations.

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Anyhow, the memoir parts are great, but this book is painfully old-fashioned and totally lacking in self-awareness. There's *zero* reflection on WHY being "fat" or "skinny" are considered bad and good respectively. Why she picked a goal weight that's "skinny," not just , you know, "normal."

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HEY COMICS NERDS I want to yell about a comic, but not on twitter, so: I bought Carol Lay's new book, (as a teen, I loved her comics in the Stranger in, like, 1996).
It's about her relationship with weight and dieting, but is also sort of a self-help diet guide? amazon.com/Big-Skinny-How-Chan

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help me, I'm trapped in an IRL Woke Son meme D:

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Our lovely neighbor mom just texted to say my kid is over there playing with her kids, and they're all sitting around the play-doh table discussing "how silly Trump is"

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Workin' on another spread for this beetle book (it's an answer to this creationist garbage: amazon.com/Bomby-Bombardier-Be). Featuring That One Field Vest that every entomologist is contractually required to own. mastodon.social/media/uydQSY9W

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