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Fake it ’til you make it in love – “A new study, published in the book, Rip It Up, has found that playing psychological games can encourage emotional closeness. For instance, acting ‘as if’ you find someone attractive increases the chances of them finding you attractive and of the two of you falling in love. In the study, 100 volunteers, who were all looking for love, participated in a speed-dating session. A portion of the participants were instructed to pretend they were already intimately acquainted by holding hands, sharing secrets and looking into each other’s eyes. At the end of the session the two groups were asked how close they felt to the people they had met and how many they would like to see again. Of those who partook in the conventional speed dating sessions only around 20 per cent said they would want to see one another again. The psychological games group, however more than doubled the success rate to 45 per cent.” The Age
Wives watch sports for husband’s sake, study reports – latimes.com – “The study, titled “Women (Not) Watching Women: Leisure Time, Television and Implications for Televised Coverage of Women’s Sports,” appeared Friday in the journal Communication, Culture and Critique and included 19 women in heterosexual marriages. Among other findings, the women expressed a preference for short, condensed sporting events, such as those in the Olympics, and said they gravitated toward traditionally “feminine” sports such as gymnastics and figure skating” LA Times
How does a study based on 19 [insert expletive] women get published in a journal on anything?
Law professor examines Jay Z’s infamous ’99 Problems’ lyrics | theGrio – “Caleb Mason, an associate professor of law at Southwestern Law School has written a legal review of Jay Z’s infamous hit song “99 Problems”. The song’s lyrics are intended to be a re-enactment of a traffic stop on the New Jersey highway where Jay-Z allegedly encountered a police officer who attempted to search the rapper’s car for drugs. Jay-Z maintains that the song is based on an actual event where he was able to evade search and seizure when the rapper was stopped while smuggling drugs in a hidden compartment in the sun roof of his vehicle.” The Grio
This is a fun law review article. The professor writes in his introduction:
99 Problems is a song by Jay-Z. It’s a good song. It was a big hit in 2004.2 I’m writing about it now because it’s time we added it to the canon of criminal procedure pedagogy. In one compact, teachable verse (Verse 2), the song forces us to think about traffic stops, vehicle searches, drug smuggling, probable cause, and racial profiling, and it beautifully tees up my favorite pedagogical heuristic: life lessons for cops and robbers. And as it turns out, I’m not late to the game after all: Jay-Z recently published a well-received volume of criticism and commentary that includes his own marginal notes on Verse 2 of 99 Problems.
Confronting the sexualization of girls and young women, SPARK team members are not afraid to speak up — and take action – Lifestyle – The Boston Globe – “In April, Waterville eighth-grader Julia Bluhm, 14, journeyed to Manhattan to protest Seventeen’s practice of retouching photos, making girls and young women look sexier and less flawed. After an interview with CNN, she was invited to the magazine to discuss her objections and spent an hour doing just that. Bluhm and her teammates at SPARK — which stands for Sexualization Protest: Action, Resistance, Knowledge — eventually collected more than 84,000 signatures on their anti-Photoshopping petition, distributed online through Change.org. After meeting with Bluhm and hearing from thousands of like-minded readers, Seventeen’s latest issue announced a Body Peace Treaty. The editors now promise to “never change girls’ body or face shapes,” to feature “real girls and models who are healthy” and to give readers a behind-the-scenes glimpse of how it shoots and edits photo spreads.” Boston Globe
The women and sports article is based on focus group interviews, so it’s not a quantitative study and is based on a completely different methodology. A qualitative study can certainly be based on a small sample and still be published; I’ve seen smaller ones, for that matter. But I don’t believe it’s a top-rated journal. You can read the actual article online and see what you think of it: http://bit.ly/M6xXcn.
The results of the “faking it” study don’t surprise me.
I don’t think light photo-editing is a problem so much as the over-the-top photoshopping we’ve been seeing. I assume Seventeen still intends to do some (light) retouching on photos, but certainly choosing healthy-looking models and giving a behind the scenes look at the process is a great idea. It’s definitely great to see kids taking action about things that matter.
A study recently offered as evidence in a case was based on only 8 people. So, apparently small samples can and do get published.
Just read the law professor’s breakdown of the Jay-Z song. Fascinating and amusing. Not dry as dust at all. I imagine he’d be a very entertaining and popular teacher. Great link, thx. :)
I would assume the faking it study confirms why every actor falls in love with their costar.
Aren’t arranged marriages sort of based on the “faking it” idea? People I know in arranged marriages grew up believing “first comes marriage, then comes love” and I imagine some faking of feelings/intimacy help those marriages early on.
What @Meri said. It’s a qualitative study which is a different kettle of fish. I’ve seen qualitative studies made with as few as 5 subjects. The article isn’t even focused on women watching sports just for their husbands’ sake. It’s quite interesting. Thanks for the links!
Oh my, that law review was interesting and incredibly accessible for the lay-person. I agree with Kaetrin that professor sounds like he’d be very interesting. I especially like how he manages to pepper bits of Jay-Z’s verse in with his legal explanation:
Admittedly, my love affair with rap ended in the late 80s, but I always love to read analyses of rap lyrics because pared away from the white noise of the music, dope beats, visual bling and gyrating bodies on the videos that accompany them they are often more incisive, intelligent, poignant and poetic than one might think.
Wow. That law article was a delight to read and almost all understandable to the lay person – and the footnote explanations helped even more. The only bit that soured my enjoyment a bit was the happy open note of offering counsel to drug runners AND police. Heh.
I’m pleased by the success that the SPARK team had with Seventeen. Body image is a common concern among my students, and this is a frequent choice of for research for group or public speaking projects. The questions always come down to “what can we do about it?,” and the answer is always, “speak up, sign petitions, let publishers and advertisers know how you feel.” I’m glad that their research will now turn up a clear instance that this approach works.
Oh! So that explains why I watch football. I’ll be sure to tell that to my husband who’s been wondering since I watch it more than he does. It’s all about me wanting to please him and nothing at all with those nice tight pants.
According to the sports study I’m an oddball. I watch as much sports as my hubby and my favorites to watch are baseball and football–not figure skating and gymnastics. I’ve also been known to watch Sports Center on ESPN. LOL