We are living after the future […] the end of the world as we know it is not the end of the world.
The setup: I started out with the idea that preschoolers interrupt constantly. I had this idea because I am constantly interrupting my daughter to tell her not to interrupt. So from the beginning, I wanted an environment that was realistic, but controlled. I know from volunteering in my daughter’s classroom that it’s a bit like the Wild West, and I knew I wasn’t going to be able to capture all the interruptions from among a set of 20 kids and two teachers with any accuracy, so I decided to focus on playdate interactions for a few reasons. First, playdates have a smaller number of kids to observe at one time. Second, my daughter is now at the age where she’ll happily play with other kids with only minimal engagement from me, but she’s young enough that she still thinks I’m sufficiently cool to hang out in the same room. The setup meant that I could observe kids interacting while mostly being a fly on the wall. Finally, we have a lot of playdates with both girls and boys. I wasn’t going to suffer from lack of data.
The reality: I observed 10 hours of playdate time over an eight-week period, and each playdate had anywhere from two to four kids. I focused on interactions between kids rather than between kids and adults. Adults did engage with kids sometimes, but I only counted child interruptions during times of continuous play that lasted at least five minutes without adult interruption; any adult engagement with the kids reset the clock. Four hours of playdate time just included girls, and six hours included at least one boy in the mix. The eight girls and seven boys included in these playdates ranged in age from 3.5- to 6.5-years-old. Some children were in more than one playdate.
I wanted to understand whether boys and girls on playdates show any of the same patterns as men and women in corporate tech meetings. I also wanted to see how girls’ behavior differed in single-sex and coed environments, if at all.
Thanks to all my playdate co-hosting parents who tolerated me freakishly logging interruptions rather than hanging out with you, and thanks especially to the parents who let me observe playdates that my kid didn’t participate in. I owe you one.
Here’s what I found.
When boys and girls play together, boys interrupt more. A lot more.
Kanske är detta vad vårt samhälles kris i djupaste bemärkelse handlar om - att vi varken kan hitta platser eller framtida tillstånd att rikta in oss mot samtidigt som samtiden känns för trist att leva i. Vi vill packa våra väskor och sätta oss på stationen. Men härifrån avgår inga tåg. Det är hit de kommer.
Fotograf: Nisse Schmidt
I’ve been revamping 100 years of Guardian articles, a project that’s been in the works since October 2013, or 1899 if we’re being really accurate. The articles show how we reported the 20th century, from the Boer War to “unstoppable rise of Microsoft”.
If history is your thing, the archive team are also republishing a selection of articles on the first world war.
Photo: Oliver Weiken—EPA
As the death toll rises in the war between Israel and Hamas, TIME LightBox profiles two photographers who have spent weeks covering the opposing sides: Oliver Weiken of European Pressphoto Agency and Getty Images’ Andrew Burton.
Denying that women are a victimized class is simply wrong. What else would you call a segment of the population who are systematically discriminated against in school, work and politics? How would you describe a population whose bodies are objectified to the point of dehumanization? Women are harassed, attacked and sexually assaulted with alarming regularity in America and around the world, and now even more of them live in states where, if pregnant, they can be refused medical attention or arrested for refusing C-sections.
People who are on the shit end of oppression are oppressed. Accurately describing this is not a matter of politics, but of truth.
Let me weep
My cruel fate,
And that I
should have freedom.
The duel infringes
within these twisted places,
in my sufferings
I pray for mercy.
It’s clear that Israel could break up Palestine into miserable enclaves, but it cannot break its resistance or its passion for freedom from occupation. […] Arrogance all too often breeds stupidity.