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Meryl Steep, in The Devil Wears Prada, makes the most chilling case for a social institution you’ve ever heard.

By Lisa Wade, PhD

One of the more difficult sociological concepts to explain is the social institution.  When sociologists talk about institutions they don’t mean hospitals or churches or any of the concrete organizations that easily come to mind, they mean something much bigger and more difficult to pin down.  They  mean institutionalized ways of doing things or, as I’ve defined them elsewhere:

Persistent patterns of social interaction aimed at meeting the needs of a society that can’t easily be met by individuals alone.

Education, then, is an institution, as is medicine and transportation.  In my textbook, I discuss the examples of sanitation and sport.  One can’t play on a team all by oneself and it’d be pretty gross to take a personal potty with you everywhere you went.  Instead, we have organized sport and the provision of toilet facilities. Eventually, institutionalized ways of solving social needs get taken-for-granted as the way we do things, often to the point that we forget that they were invented in the first place.

I was inspired to write about this by a post at Sociological Cinema by sociologist Tristan Bridges.  He uses a clip from The Devil Wears Prada to illustrate just this phenomenon.  Meryl Streep plays the editor of a fashion magazine.  Fashion is an institution because we can no longer feasibly make our own clothes.  Even the most industrious and clever among us, those who make their own clothes, will buy the fabric with which to do so.  Almost no one in a Western country has the faintest idea of how to make fabric, let alone the resources.

In the clip, Streep’s character responds icily when a holier-than-thou fashion outsider scoffs at her as she goes about her work.

She says:

You think this has nothing to do with you.

You go to your closet and you select, I don’t know, that lumpy blue sweater, for instance, because you’re trying to tell the world that you take yourself too seriously to care about what you put on your back.

But what you don’t know is that that sweater is not just blue, it’s not turquoise, it’s not lapis, it’s actually cerulean.

And you’re also blithely unaware of the fact that, in 2002 Oscar de la Renta did a collection of cerulean gowns and then I think it was Yves St. Laurent – wasn’t it? – who showed cerulean military jackets…

And then cerulean quickly showed up in the collections of eight different designers.  And then it filtered down through the department stores and then trickled down into some Casual Corner where you, no doubt, fished it out of some clearance bin.

However, that blue represents millions of dollars and countless jobs and it’s sort of comical that you think you’ve made a choice that exempts you from the fashion industry when, in fact, you’re wearing a sweater that was selected for you by the people in this room.

An institution has emerged to put clothes on our back.  The scoffer who inspires Streep character’s rant would like to think that she is outside of the fashion industry, that it has nothing to do with her. Likewise, many of us would like to think that we’re outside of the institutions that we don’t like. But we’re not.  That’s the rub.  No matter how enlightened or inspired we are to fight social convention, we can’t get outside the institutions that organize our societies.  We’re in them whether we know it or not.

Lisa Wade is a professor of sociology at Occidental College and the co-author of Gender: Ideas, Interactions, Institutions. You can follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

Likewise, many of us would like to think that we’re outside of the institutions that we don’t like. But we’re not.  That’s the rub.  No matter how enlightened or inspired we are to fight social convention, we can’t get outside the institutions that organize our societies.  We’re in them whether we know it or not.

(via solarmiracle)

Long Quest for Ebola Vaccine Slowed by Science, Ethics, Politics

I was talking to my friend today about Ebola and the treatment and such, and this is rather a well informed article about why there isn’t an Ebola vaccine and how patients are being treated now and why Ebola is so hard to treat, and why they aren’t giving certain patients certain medicines, and how it’s going to be treated in future. It genuinely clears up a lot of misinformation I see floating around, so please read it.

This is another article about what is happening in Liberia at the moment, in regards to the Ebola crisis.

Ebola claimed my auntie - why can’t we do more to help? (link)

Three weeks ago, my auntie developed a fever. Sitting here in Sydney basked in Australian sunshine, that shouldn’t be big news.  But my auntie – and all my family – are in Monrovia, the capital of Liberia.

I am going to add this one in, because it gives a bit more information about Ebola and the spread of infection and what’s happening in Liberia, the difficulties in treatment, etc.

Every Newly Emerging Disease Like Ebola Begins With a Mystery (link)

One crucial factor in the epidemic spread of Ebola is poverty, says author of a new book about the disease.

And here is another article sort of similar to the first that explains the reaction in the media really well, and sort of the reaction of people generally, which is why I am posting these articles. Most of the ones I see around are scare mongering or are just getting in on media action really, and I just think these 4 are semi-important, talking about the actual scenario and it’s implications, and why it’s come about and where it will likely go from here. 

Anyway, here’s that fourth one.

We need to stop talking about Ebola like it’s just another Dustin Hoffman germ-thriller (link)

Americans are both taking the outbreak too seriously and not seriously enough – some rage about closing borders while the rest are gripped by a gory scenario that’s unlikely to touch us

Today I lost the ability to recognise my own voice, like seriously what the fuck brain, why? Why? It was like someone else’s voice was coming out of my own mouth but it was me speaking. If anyone is wondering, that is extremely disorientating. Like a level of uncomfortable that is just bad. I spoke in an accent for the 2 minutes that it lasted and it felt better, because you can’t recognise your own voice in an accent, like you can but it’s not as well-known. 

I’m just gonna put this under a read more. 

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Obama will never be half the man nor love America as much as Reagan did.

Obama will never eat as many flags throughout his presidency like Reagan did. Reagan holds the current flag-eating record at 3,463 flags during his presidency. Obama is currently only at 1,072.Here we see pictured: Reagan in action during one of his flag feedings. This is speculated to be approximately his 560th flag consumed.

veganbutt:

sascoalition:

Obama will never be half the man nor love America as much as Reagan did.

Obama will never eat as many flags throughout his presidency like Reagan did. Reagan holds the current flag-eating record at 3,463 flags during his presidency. Obama is currently only at 1,072.
Here we see pictured: Reagan in action during one of his flag feedings. This is speculated to be approximately his 560th flag consumed.

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So yesterday the weather was cool, so my body was okay, and today I thought it’d be the same, but my body was like, no I’m going to be a major asshole and pull that photophobia thing so you have to wear sunglasses indoors, all the time and if you take them off you get an instant headache. Yeah, we’re gonna have fun, you and I. Even then, the headache still isn’t going to go fully away. Yeah cause fuck you that’s why. thank you body. 

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The Unbelievable Photos Taken by the Russians Who Illegally Climbed Egypt’s Great Pyramid

people, you may never see an image like this again… so yeah, reblog it

Ya well I can’t blame them for climbing that
Just look at that incredible fucking view

amazing

Well of course Russians

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The Unbelievable Photos Taken by the Russians Who Illegally Climbed Egypt’s Great Pyramid

people, you may never see an image like this again… so yeah, reblog it

Ya well I can’t blame them for climbing that

Just look at that incredible fucking view

amazing

Well of course Russians

(Source: frommadon)