From the department of WTF, we bring you (courtesy of J-Bro), Baby Wolverine, who is “designed to mimic breastfeeding”.
Mimic breastfeeding? How? (Do we want to know? I do. But I think I might be better off not knowing.) And notice the pacifier/dummy– deeply forbidden item for breastfeeders due to risk of nipple confusion. Yet the products are “recommended by studies in AIJU”. And why is it called Baby Wolverine? (A welcome acknowledgment of the sometimes ferocious and terrifying demands of the breastfeeding baby? A bad translation? A reference to the UM mascot? Does it look like one of these dolls?) I’d better stop there. Your thoughts are welcome. And again, thank you, J-Bro. My dissertation-reading is suffering from this interruption, but I’m sure it’s good for me somehow.
Our readers keep sending in the gendered products, and I can’t help myself. We’ve been sent links to not one, but two, companies specialising in DIY tools for ladies. Mostly, they’re predictably pink as with this tool belt from Little Pink Tools.
But in a radical break with standard gendering, Ladies Tools Online has made way for tools that are blue and yet still girlie.
(Yes, my tongue is in my cheek as I use ‘radical’ in this way. Still, it’s kind of an interesting progression.)
Thanks, Amy and J-Bro!
How can we think of things? Let me count the ways…
“Finally, the spleen gets some respect”, Natalie Angier tell us. If not a general in the war our bodies are engaged in, it at least does the job of damn good foot soldiers.
Reporting in the current issue of the journal Science, researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School describe studies showing that the spleen is a reservoir for huge numbers of immune cells called monocytes, and that in the event of a serious trauma to the body like a heart attack, gashing wound or microbial invasion, the spleen will disgorge those monocyte multitudes into the bloodstream to tackle the crisis.
“The parallel in military terms is a standing army,” said Matthias Nahrendorf, an author of the report. “You don’t want to have to recruit an entire fighting force from the ground up every time you need it.”
So are the organs of our bodies gendered too? Like, the spleen is one of the boys?