Around the Web Digest: Week of April 6

A day late and a dollar short. I had some trouble getting home from the Central States Anthropological Society meeting in Normal, IL, but I made it! These links still cover the week of April 6th, so nothing has changed there, but this list is shorter than normal. So anyway, if you have any suggestions for articles or blogs, please don’t hesitate to email me at or find me on Twitter @dtpowis.

Distract yourself from grading or writing up a final paper; here’s what you (and I) missed last week.

If you read one thing from last week, I recommend you read this: Julienne Rutherford walked the walk when she called out a colleague for organizing a workshop in which the panel was mostly men, which is certainly not representative of the field. (BANDIT)

How does Don Draper’s masculinity fit in with the many other masculinities that we see in television? (Salon)

Resist the feminization of society; let your mighty beard grow! (Allegra Lab)

Marie-Pierre Renaud had added her third installment in “The (Fake) Geek Girl Project.” (The Geek Anthropologist)

Some people apparently believe that video games can “make” you a racist. I might suggest that they just reinforce racist stereotypes. (The Daily Beast)

Wal-Mart doesn’t pay a living wage, but they will donate to charities that support their employees. (Slate)

Roy Richard Grinker talked about how an anthropologist sees autism across cultures. (NPR: WGCU)

A new study says that contacting uncontacted tribes might cause their collapse, but rebound is possible. (Sounds like playing with fire to me.) (

Here’s a pretty good listicle that may reveal white privilege to those that may not see it. (Thought Catalog)

This week’s anthropological coverage of the crisis in Ukraine comes not from our favorite blogs, but Rick Feinberg’s latest piece. Is Russia acting all that different from the US? (HuffPo)

As it turns out, American immappancy is negatively correlated with foreign policy literacy. (Washington Post)

Finally! Someone (with better web traffic than me) points out that there is so much more to the crisis in CAR than sectarian violence. (TIME)

Pakistani artists are finding ways to reach out to unmanned drone operators. (Gizmodo)

What do Mexican bureaucracy and suicide reports say about the relationship between law enforcement and citizens? (Anthropoliteia)

Last, but never least: Alex Nading has written an excellent piece for Commonplaces on Bleach. (Somatosphere)

Dick Powis

Dick Powis is a PhD Candidate in Anthropology at Washington University in St. Louis, and is also pursuing a Graduate Certificate in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. His research interests include men and childbirth, prenatal screening technologies, and reproductive health in urban settings in Senegal. Read more at