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December 19, 2014

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3:55 PM | Quickies: Gender matters in computer science, “meninists,” and a product review of the knapsack of white privilege
Categories: QuickiesMIT scientists demonstrate the hard way that gender still matters – ““We’re 3 female computer scientists at MIT, here to answer questions about programming and academia. Ask us anything!” we ...(Read more...)
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5:01 AM | Are Americans Becoming Less Secure?
We’ve written extensively about attachment styles1 in romantic relationships (for example, read here and here for more on this topic). In a nutshell, people who are anxious tend to intensely desire connections with other people and are worried that their partners will abandon them whereas those who are avoidant tend to be wary of closeness to others and often feel that their partners want to be closer to them than they would like. Anxiety and avoidance are forms of insecure attachment, […]
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5:01 AM | This Holiday Season, Get Your Romantic Partner Exactly What He or She Wants
As the gift giving swings into full gear, the pressure is on to find that perfect gift for your significant other. But what sort of present will best communicate your affections? Should you scour the mall (or internet) in search of new gift-giving inspiration? Or should you “stick to the list”, and just give your partner what he or she wished for? In a study on gift-giving, participants imagined1 either that they were trying to find a present for their romantic partners or […]

December 18, 2014

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8:00 PM | Bad Chart Thursday: Who Are You?
Categories: Random Asides SkepticismTags: bad chart thursdayMyers-Briggsnarcissismpersonality testspolitical philosophyyouI took the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, a personality inventory, in high school, and when I got my horoscope results, I admit that I was pretty amazed at how well it ...(Read more...)
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5:00 PM | Moral Boundaries in Relationships: Relationship Matters Podcast 41
Consider the following (probably fictional) scenario, described in detail by pop culture writer Chuck Klosterman1 and paraphrased here: Jack and Jane are in a happy romantic relationship for 2 years. One day Jack receives an invitation from another woman living in his building to watch her masturbate in her apartment (with absolutely no physical contact and no emotional intimacy). Intrigued, he goes to her apartment to watch her masturbate, then returns to his room and goes to sleep. Jack […]
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2:36 PM | Quickies: Dealing with death as an atheist, Obama on racism, and Anonymous
Categories: QuickiesComforting Thoughts About Death That Have Nothing To Do With God – Greta Christina’s new book is now out in ebook formats. It will be out in audio on Dec. ...(Read more...)
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8:11 AM | It’s All about Science Policy this Week: the Good and the Bad
There has been much activity on what could loosely be termed ‘Science Policy’ this week, including both the long-awaited/significantly delayed BIS Science and Innovation (S+I) Strategy document (entitled, optimistically ‘Our plan for growth’) and the outcome of the REF2014. I … Continue reading →

December 17, 2014

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4:14 PM | Yes Virginia, There is Evidence of Bias
Categories: SkepticismTags: biasevidenceracismsexismskepticismstereotypesstudiesSkepticland is a place where Science and Studies are all important. Anecdotal evidence? Bah! Not important. Especially when it comes to questions of human behavior, people want proof. This is ...(Read more...)
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3:00 PM | Jane the Virgin May be the Most Progressive Show on Television
Categories: FeminismTags: jane the virgintvIt may seem unlikely that a telenovela adaptation about a 23-year-old virgin by choice who was accidentally artificially inseminated by her soon-to-be baby daddy’s gynecologist sister would be a bastion ...(Read more...)
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2:00 PM | Quickies: End of the Year Lists, Wonder Woman’s Disappointing Debut, and the Serial/Ferguson Connection
Categories: Quickies25 Women Who Drove the Culture in 2014 – You won’t be disappointed by this list of awesome women. If you think someone was left out, leave that in the ...(Read more...)
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6:00 AM | All I Want for Christmas is You: The Science of Gift Giving
Each year around mid-November, business owners begin to lick their chops: the next month will arguably be their busiest and most profitable. Last year, for example, Americans spent over $52 billion during the Thanksgiving weekend alone.1 Although large portions of these purchases are surely self-indulging, people also make a lot of purchases to take care of gift shopping for the upcoming holiday season. Gift giving seems to be a biologically natural phenomenon across a range of […]
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5:00 AM | ‘Tis the Season: 5 Principles For Spending Your Money Wisely During Holiday Gift Shopping
The holiday season is full of things that will test your relationship, like navigating office holiday parties, having to be friendly with the in-laws, managing your credit card balance, and dealing with kids’ unreasonable demands. Any of these can put stress on your relationship, but perhaps the biggest relationship challenge is picking the right gift for your partner. As we’ve discussed before, there is a science to gift-giving, but fundamentally, as the giver, you must […]

December 16, 2014

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2:18 PM | Quickies: Self-tracking apps, hair dye, and e-books
Categories: QuickiesHow self-tracking apps exclude women – “If sex-tracking apps are a caricature of what straight white men think sex is, then fertility-tracking apps are a caricature of what straight white ...(Read more...)
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5:01 AM | Dieting With Your Partner: Competition Is Futile
After gorging on a holiday meal and leftovers recently, the Consultant and I have completely obliterated our pre-holiday dieting goals. I generally do well with controlling my food portions, which is admittedly hard to do given the fact that food portion sizes have increased 700%1 inside and outside the home over the last 30 years. During the holidays, however, I give myself license to eat a little more because the extra serving of sweet potatoes and pumpkin pie is just too good. It is just […]

December 15, 2014

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2:00 PM | Quickies: What Happens During a “Cleanse,” Male Rape Survivors Mistreated at SMU, and Eradicating Homophobia
Categories: QuickiesWhen the Victim is Male – “Southern Methodist University violated Title IX when it failed to provide a “prompt and equitable response” to the alleged sexual assault of a male ...(Read more...)
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1:01 PM | Sponsored: Free Online Dating in the US and Australia
Today we'd like to bring your attention to one of the booming internet markets that's changing the face of how people are connecting far and wide. Fuller Enterprises P/L has released two online dating platforms for the Australian and American matchmaking space. It is an absolutely free service which connects single men and women via various modules and functionalities including powerful zip code search tools, category matching and live chat rooms. Freedatingamerica.com and […]

December 14, 2014

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11:32 PM | Isaac Got the Holy Ghost
Categories: ReligionSeeing people pretend to be possessed by the spirit of Jesus is pretty much always hilarious, but this video stands out for two reasons: 1. The little kid in the ...(Read more...)
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6:45 PM | Skepchick Sundaylies! Gift Guides, Circumcision, and Dealing with Holiday Stress
Categories: Meta StuffTags: artbodily autonomycircumcisionDBT skillsfeminismgiftsgrounded parentsMad Art LabParentingschool of doubtteachingTeen SkepchickSunday Funny: Boiling Point (via Tree Lobsters) Teen Skepchick DBT: Take a Sad Song and Make It Better Olivia helps you cope with distress this holiday season. Mad Art Lab ...(Read more...)

December 13, 2014

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4:47 PM | Global Quickies: Norway’s Lucky Rabbit, Brazil’s Facebook Page for the Homeless, and Sudan’s Storytellers
Categories: QuickiesGLOBAL Check out the Photos of the Week from In Focus! AFGHANISTAN Meet Afghanistan’s ‘Bruce Lee’ – “Just a few weeks ago, Abbas Alizada was a just another young Afghan ...(Read more...)

December 12, 2014

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8:07 PM | Why I’m Okay with Doxing
Categories: FeminismA few months ago, people were very angry at me for “doxing” Dr. Eliza Sutton, a prolific troll who uses pseudonyms online to harass feminists. “Doxing,” or “doxxing,” is the ...(Read more...)
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7:44 PM | Should I Be Discombobulated?
If I were Mary Beard I’m sure I could tell you about my particular current predicament with grace and self-deprecating humour. As it is my reaction is a severe case of impostor syndrome when perhaps I should be swanning around … Continue reading →
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4:00 PM | The Story Behind Sarah’s Abortion
Categories: Activism Featured Feminism Religion ScienceTags: abortionabortion rightspersonal storiespro-choiceI knew even before the two little lines appeared that I was pregnant. I’m not saying I had magic intuition or anything, just that I use a period tracker app ...(Read more...)
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2:10 PM | Quickies: Comet water, schools’ discipline of girls, and the Women’s Leadership Project
Categories: QuickiesRosetta finds water on comet 67p like nothing on Earth – “Measurements from Rosetta’s Rosina instrument found that water on comet 67P /Churyumov-Gerasimenko contains about three times more deuterium – ...(Read more...)

December 11, 2014

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8:30 PM | Bad Chart Thursday: Worst Chart in the Multiverse
Categories: Random Asides SkepticismTags: bad chart thursdaymultidimensional travelVenezuelan presidential electionThis week’s chart is not recent, but I missed it the first time around, and it’s so terrifically bad, I have to share it in case you missed it too. ...(Read more...)
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2:26 PM | Why are men and women drifting apart? (2014)
“Sometimes I wonder if men and women really suit each other. Perhaps they should live next door and just visit now and then.” Katharine Hepburn We’re disintegrating. Across the western world, the bonds between men and women are weakening. The age of first marriage in the UK is rising precipitously, from 24.9 for men and […]
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2:26 PM | Quickies: Brogrammers, bad victims, and MRAs mad at Dawkins
Categories: QuickiesThis “joke” job listing encapsulates everything wrong with brogrammer tech culture – Ah yes, the classic, “It’s just a joke!” defense. Bad victims – “People who have been sexually assaulted ...(Read more...)
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5:01 AM | How Relationships Change Us Over Time: Relationship Matters Podcast 40
A new edition of SAGE’s “Relationship Matters” podcast is out! In this edition, hosted by Dr. Bjarne Holmes of Champlain College, Dr. Kevin McIntyre (Trinity University) discusses research regarding how being in a relationship changes who we are as a person.   Together with Dr. Bent Mattingly (Ursinus College) and Dr. Gary Lewandowski (Monmouth University), McIntyre studied the different ways people change when in a relationship. Specifically, they looked at […]

December 10, 2014

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11:33 PM | The Telegraph’s Weak Exposé of James Randi
Categories: SkepticismWill Storr has a pretty vicious article over at the Telegraph claiming that James Randi is lying when he refers to himself (as a magician) as an “honest liar” in ...(Read more...)
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3:12 PM | Melody: Future Biochemist Collects the Harvest of her Seeds of Success
Melody Rivera-HernándezWe all know about the difficult economic situation that our country is going through, but there are always opportunities for those who give their best. The young lady Melody Rivera Hernández, from Vega Alta, is in her way to complete her university carrier in the biochemistry area with all expenses covered. She is the first puertorrican student, born and raised in the Island to receive the […]
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2:00 PM | Quickies: The Prevalence of Gendered Toys, an Interview with Syed Family (from Serial Podcast), and Mexican Farm Workers
Categories: QuickiesProduct of Mexico – “Farm exports to the U.S. from Mexico have tripled to $7.6 billion in the last decade, enriching agribusinesses, distributors and retailers. American consumers get all the ...(Read more...)
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