The Effect of Tuberculosis on Victorian Fashion (Smithsonian)

planche_xii_corset_leoty_1867cutThe epidemic of tuberculosis in Europe and the United States throughout the mid-1800s inspired various beauty trends, since the disease was thought to emphasis traits already beautiful in women. The romanticizing of the disease led to fashion and makeup choices that highlighted its effects, including tight corsets, red lips, and pale creams. When the bacteria that caused the disease was discovered in 1882, fashion evolved again in hopes of inhibiting tuberculosis’ spread through garments. Read more about tuberculosis style. 

How Some Parenting Styles Actually Foster Bullying (Scientific American)

ParentsResearch has shown that harsh parents are more likely to raise children who will become bullies or will be bullied. Yet, recent studies have also revealed that negligent or permissive parents are similarly likely to raise children who bully or are bullied.

There are comparable correlations between parenting style and online bullying. The best parents seem to fall in the middle of the spectrum, setting rules yet ensuring a warm and responsive relationship. Read more in Scientific American.

A Philosopher’s Trick to Get People to Change Their Minds (Quartz)

ArguingSeventeenth-century philosopher Blaise Pascal developed a theory 350 years ago that is now backed up by psychologists. To convince people to change their minds, you must understand your opposition’s viewpoint. Rather than explicitly challenge someone’s argument, first point out ways in which you agree. People will lower their defenses and feel less offended when they are supported, as well as when they arrive to conclusions on their own accord. Learn more.

Hari Kondabolu ’04 on Being a Mainstream American Comic (Washington Post)

Hari Kondabolu '04. Photo by Karsten Moran '05.

Hari Kondabolu ’04. Photo by Karsten Moran ’05.

Hari Kondabolu ’04 debuted his latest comedy album, “Mainstream American Comic,” this summer. The Washington Post discusses how race, social justice, and whiteness inform the comedian’s routines.

“I don’t like being niched as a South Asian comic, man,” he says. “The values I have, the search for justice, that’s not a niche thing.” Kondabolu navigates the delicate worlds of race and comedy with a frankness that unsettles yet educates audiences.