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Alex Zorach
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Is it "popularity" if you present yourself in a way that you don't like or want, just to get people to like you? Here I explore a deeper type of popularity, one based on being genuine and sincere, but also based on listening and understanding other people's cultures. #popular   #popularity   #genuine  
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Tumblr has made me aware of how high school and middle school girls can be harassed (often in ways that anywhere else would be clearly considered sexual harassment, like staring and saying things like "Those shorts are so short!") by teachers and administrators enforcing dress codes. Here I share my thoughts on these dress codes, which often ban short shorts and tank tops, and why I not only oppose them, but think that the whole narrative used to justify them contains unhealthy ideas that can lead to self-hate in both men and women, and even promote rape. #feminism   #education   #harassment  
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I have thought about this many times and it does make sense. The problem with having such double standards with dress codes etc. is that allows people to blame violence on dress choices. This is an inherently evil side-effect of misdirected regulation. Violence against women in a society is clearly a sign of deep-rooted pathology in how the next generation is being brought up (or perhaps not been brought up at all...). It is so disturbing to see criminal behaviour taking refuge behind the victim's apparent "lack of propriety". It defies logic. Thank you for clearly expressing this shared frustration and exploring its possible roots in double standards.
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What are constructive ways to criticize feminism, ones that raise valid concerns, and advance the dialogue? I say, being specific, and avoiding over-generalizations and personal attacks, is key. #feminism   #criticism   #respect  
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A basic tip, but one that is often neglected, for saving money and building wealth: avoid buying things that cost you more in the long-run. Here I explore examples, big to small, and advocate for living simply, because material possessions have costs associated with storage or ownership. #wealth   #savemoney   #financial  
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An Ostfriesentee, this strong black tea blend was also smooth and complex, really a pleasure to drink and surprisingly reasonably priced for a tea of this quality. #tea   #loosetea   #blacktea  
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Linear algebra is a subject that people can find both hard and boring.  But it doesn't need to be this way. Here I share my favorite textbooks on linear algebra, ones that opened me up to the beauty of the subject and also made it more intuitive. #math   #mathematics   #books  
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I often hear people use the terms "free market" and "capitalism" interchangeably. They're related, but they're not the same concept. Here I give examples of one without the other, and vice versa. #capitalism   #freemarket   #economics  
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An experience of me losing my temper sparked some reflection on the nature of anger, how it originates, and how it relates to other feelings.  Here I explore the relationship between gender roles forced on boys, and boys and men being more angry and violent, explaining that in order to overcome my anger, I've needed to unlearn some things I was taught (in not the most consensual ways) as a kid. I explain how cultural changes like making it more acceptable for boys or men to hug or touch affectionately, or explore traditionally feminine games or types of play as kids, might result in lower levels of hostility and violence across the board in society.  #feminism   #anger   #gender  
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This was my favorite example of an Irish Breakfast Tea that I've tried yet. It's pretty exemplary: powerful and robust, yet aromatically complex, with notes of wintergreen that I love. Excellent price too. #tea   #irish   #loosetea  
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I often see conversations between feminists and people who oppose feminism go in non-productive directions. Why? Here I explain something that is done from the feminist side of things, that I think can contribute to the misunderstandings in these conversations. If you are feminist and want to understand how to better reach people who feel uncomfortable with feminism, I hope you find this video useful.  #feminism   #listening   #respect  
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they claim themselves feminists, thats a fact as shown on the links. If you are so sure they are not feminists go ahead and tell them not me.
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As a kid I was told to "just ignore it" when I was bullied. Here I explain why I think this advice is harmful, and can contribute to later problems like depression and anxiety: I think it's better to teach kids both how to be friendly in ambiguous situations (not interpreting everything as bullying), and also how to protect themselves from harmful ideas presented in actual bullying. #bullying   #depression   #anxiety  
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This was the first GABA oolong I've ever tried. I did find it relaxing, but I didn't enjoy the flavor, aroma, and mouthfeel. There was an odd "off" aroma that I found unpleasant, and it left a very strong astringency on my palate. #tea   #GABA   #oolong  
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Founder and Editor, RateTea.com
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Philadelphia, PA
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Lancaster, PA - Oberlin, OH - Ann Arbor, MI - Cleveland Heights, OH - Lancaster, PA - Lakewood, OH - Solomons, MD - Newark, DE - New Haven, CT - San Diego, CA
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Founder of RateTea, Co-founder of Why This Way
Introduction
I'm Alex Zorach.  I run RateTea, a social website for tea drinkers, and I am also a co-founder of Why This Way, a consensus-based belief system and organization.
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I've ridden on the Norristown High Speed Line. My life is complete.
Education
  • Oberlin College
    Mathematics, 1999 - 2002
  • University of Delaware
    Applied Math, 2005 - 2007
  • Yale University
    Statistics, 2007 - 2008
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