Instagram banning #curvy

The battle over how Instagram will allow women’s bodies to be portrayed rages on.

According to reports, the popular social photo service has banned the hashtag #curvy because it was used for porn and therefore violated the site’s terms of service.

As you can imagine, some folks are not happy.

Madeline Jones, editor-in-chief of Plus Model Magazine wrote in a post on the magazine’s web site, “Instagram has decided to suppress the hashtag #Curvy, as porn companies were using it. While many questionable hashtags are still searchable, we wonder about the logic of this bold move.”

#Curvy is no longer searchable on the site, but Buzzfeed points out that words such as “skinny,” “fat” and “thin” are still searchable as hashtags.

If the responses on Twitter are any indication, the move did not go over well.

Many body image advocates have used the site and the hashtag #curvy to further the cause of acceptance of all sizes. Plus-sized super model Tess Holliday came to fame via Instagram using #EffYourBeautyStandards.

But Instagram is known for suspending users accounts for what it deems “unacceptable content.” The #freethenipple movement began as a response to the site’s objection to photos featuring breasts, even those which were part of art work.

Artist Sam Roddick had her account was deleted by Instagram after she posted a vagina shaped cornice, but Huffington Post noted that #vagina is not banned from the site.

“They have banned images of breast feeding, stretch marks, domestic images of menstruation and classical art works that respectfully portray nude women and now they ban the hashtag #curvy,” while it still allows “b***h, fat slag, hookers, thin,” Roddick said to HuffPost UK Lifestyle, calling Instagram “not a safe platform for women and especially young girls.”

Scientists decide there are 4 kinds of drunks

If you can “drink hells any amount of whiskey without getting drunk,” you’re an Ernest Hemingway drunk—and you’re in the majority. That’s the finding of University of Missouri researchers who broke down the types of drunks into four distinct categories in a study published in the Addiction Research & Theory journal.

Scientists surveyed 187 pairs of undergraduate “drinking buddies” from a Midwestern university about their sober and intoxicated states. The findings: the subjects were either a Hemingway, Mary Poppins, Nutty Professor, or Mr. Hyde drunk. The largest group: the Hemingways, which represented about 42% of the subjects. These subjects reported experiencing the smallest decrease in organizational and intellectual skills and are “drinkers who tend not to undergo drastic character changes or experience harms” (meaning you probably won’t have to worry about getting kicked out of a bar if you’re a Hemingway).

Per the Guardian, about 23% could be called Mr. Hyde—or Ms. Hyde, since more than half of the subjects who fell into this category were women—meaning they became “particularly less responsible, less intellectual, and more hostile when under the influence of alcohol.” One-fifth earned the honor of being labeled the Nutty Professor, meaning they were more introverted before imbibing and became much more gregarious and uninhibited afterward.

The Mary Poppinses, which made up about 15% of the pool, are “particularly agreeable” after drinking—in other words, the happy, “sweet” drunks who don’t cause any trouble. So what was the point of the study, other than having names to attribute to friends while bar-hopping? The researchers say it could lead to customization of alcohol intervention programs based on personality type, Time notes. (It turns out one eye color is linked to alcoholism.)

SOOOOOO which one are you???

Wal-Mart’s shot at reviving the American factory

The group cheer at Wal-Mart’s third annual U.S. manufacturing summit — convened to find more American-made products — was greeted with a voice from another era.

“Almost anything can be made by Americans, in this country, and be done efficiently,” said founder Sam Walton, in a grainy black-and-white video clip from the 1980s, explaining Wal-Mart’s new mission to buy more products at home.

Ultimately, Walton failed. American factories that might have fueled the effort instead closed. Critics blamed Walmart’s insistence on low costs for driving the U.S. supply chain to China, where cheap labor overwhelmed American rivals, and the nation’s manufacturing base hollowed out.

Now, Wal-Mart is trying to revive it. Two years into a ten-year plan to buy $250 billion more in products from U.S. factories, the retailer is heavily hyping its effort, which comes as it struggles with flagging sales and labor strife. Skeptics, citing the company’s history, say it’s just a glitzy PR stunt.

This time, though, the retailer might break though where its founder couldn’t. Advances in technology and a rising standard of living (and thus wages) in China help. And just as Wal-Mart originally used its gargantuan scale to send supply chains overseas, it can redirect that purchasing power into hauling them back onshore, while sticking to its every-day-low-prices raison d’être.

“This is a way for them to save money. This is at the core of Wal-Mart’s mission,” says Darrell Rosen, who heads a Bentonville consultancy for Wal-Mart suppliers. “Sam had the vision long before he had the means or the processes figured out.”

Of course, helping America make stuff again is also a way for Walmart to return to the country’s good graces. In that way, it resembles previous efforts to become more energy efficient — might as well use something that helps the bottom line to burnish your credentials as a corporate citizen.

But there’s a catch: Manufacturing is different this time around. The same technology that helps factories compete eliminates the need for many workers. So while Wal-Mart could be successful in its bid to bring some production home, it’s going to have to buy a whole lot more from the U.S. than it ever did before in order to replace the jobs that have already been lost.

I guess they could use some serious positive publicity nowadays

Retro of the day: Fleetwood Mac

  • “Second Hand News” was written by Fleetwood Mac frontman Lindsey Buckingham. It is the first track on the Rumours album – the most successful album of Fleetwood Mac’s career with sales of over 40 million worldwide, going 19x platinum in the US and 10x platinum in the UK. The band’s original drummer Mick Fleetwood calls it the most important album they ever made.

  • This song was originally an acoustic demo titled “Strummer.” But when Buckingham heard the Bee Gees’ “Jive Talkin’,” he rearranged it with more audio tracks and the rhythmic effect from “playing” the faux-leather seat of a studio chair to make it evoke a slightly Celtic feel.