April 20, 2014

6:40 PM | Meet Mary Sherman Morgan, rocket scientist, munitions and...
Meet Mary Sherman Morgan, rocket scientist, munitions and chemical engineer and one of the most instrumental players in the launch of America’s first satellite, Explorer I (shown above). According to her colleagues she “single-handedly saved America’s space programme”. Mary started out life as a poor farm girl in North Dakota, her parents chose not to educate her by choice so that she could work on the farm. Eventually, she managed to graduate high school and then ran […]
5:45 PM | Skepchick Sundaylies: Nerd Girls, Bisexuality, Creationism, and Raising a Young Skeptic
Categories: Meta StuffTags: ageismBisexualitybooks for kidscreationismfeminismgraduate fundinggrounded parentsLGBTliterature reviewsmath educationnerd cultureParentingQueerekaschool of doubtskepticismteachingTeen Skepchickthe mary suexkcdSunday Funny: xkcd explains free speech Teen Skepchick Suspension of Disbelief: Magic Time Elizabeth reviews the 2002 novel by Barbara Hambly. What It Means to be a Woman in Nerd Culture: The Mary Sue Alice explains what bugs her about the Mary Sue trope. […]
10:50 AM | YES Nicki
YES Nicki

April 19, 2014

9:52 PM | blackchildrensbooksandauthors: African-American Women...
blackchildrensbooksandauthors: African-American Women Chemists Jeannette E. Brown This book profiles the lives of numerous women, ranging from the earliest pioneers up until the late 1960’s when the Civil Rights Acts sparked greater career opportunities. Brown examines each woman’s motivation to pursue chemistry, describes their struggles to obtain an education and their efforts to succeed in a field in which there were few African American men, much less African American women, […]
6:20 PM | “Starting a Family”: Misleading and Damaging
Categories: FeminismIt’s not uncommon for a young couple to mention that they’re looking to “start a family” or for someone who is looking for a spouse to say that part of what they want is to be able to “have a family”. We all know what people mean when they say this: they mean that they want to have kids. As someone who has no interest whatsoever in having children, this phrase implies many things that seem unhelpful and backwards to me. First, it limits […]
2:20 PM | Why Are Babies So Cute?
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April 18, 2014

11:00 PM | Of grice and men (2014)
One of the painful things about our time is that those who feel certainty are stupid, and those with any imagination and understanding are filled with doubt and indecision. Bertrand Russell Between February and April each year, in the sagebrush … Continue reading →
10:05 PM | Meet Barbara Cartland, the record breaking sex and romance novelist who invented the long distance...
Meet Barbara Cartland, the record breaking sex and romance novelist who invented the long distance aeroplane towed glider. Her concept revolutionised the aero industry and was implemented by armies on all sides of WWII. Aerotow gliders had been used in Germany but only to travel short distances and perform tricks – that wasn’t good enough for Barbara. She worked with two RAF soldiers to build her own long distance glider craft and flew it over 200 miles delivering a sack of […]
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1:55 PM | Quickies: Feminist princesses, exoplanets, and free speech
Categories: QuickiesFeminist princesses? Fuck yeah! – Elyse’s awesome husband Brian is blogging at More Than Men! In his first post, he examines the Disney princesses. New exoplanet could be Earth’s cousin – Or not! From Criticaldragon1177. A tale of two mothers – Both in Arizona. From Sarah. xkcd on free speech – There really is an xkcd for everything! Cute Animal Friday! From nowoo, a selection of adorable snail photos.(Read more...)
1:47 PM | tech-girls: Super-Awesome Sylvia interviewed for Girls in ICT...
tech-girls: Super-Awesome Sylvia interviewed for Girls in ICT Day! She says tech is important to her because “you can shape your future, you can shape your world.” Awesome!
4:01 AM | Moving Together: A Sign of Relationship Chemistry
Most relationships start out as a meeting between people who don’t know each other well (if at all). But what determines whether an interaction with a stranger will evolve into a friendship, a marriage, or nothing at all? When thinking about what predicts initial liking toward someone new, concepts like social status, attraction, and perceived similarity often come to mind. But subtle nonverbal behavior can also be important for planting seeds of rapport – seeds that can […]
1:23 AM | equalityforher: Women’s History Month - Margaret Chan Margaret...
equalityforher: Women’s History Month - Margaret Chan Margaret Chan is known throughout the world for her efforts to increase global health. During her 9 years as Director of Health in Hong Kong she implemented new services to combat the spread of disease. Margaret Chan gained recognition for handling many different health issues including the avian influenza outbreak in Hong Kong in 1997 and the SARs outbreak in 2003. Chan is the World Health Organization’s current Director […]

April 17, 2014

10:46 PM | Meet Elsie MacGill, a legend in aircraft design and production...
Meet Elsie MacGill, a legend in aircraft design and production and the first female aircraft designer in the world. In 1938 she became Chief Aeronautical Engineer at Canadian Car and Foundry where she led the production and redesign of several planes including the Hawker Hurricane – the plane responsible for the most British victories in WWII. Most of the employees in the factory were women and by the wars end they had produced 1,400 aircraft, a massive feat. Elsie had forged new […]
8:57 PM | Rocket Girls: A Five day series into legends of aerospace...
Rocket Girls: A Five day series into legends of aerospace engineering
8:37 PM | The Confidence Gap – Excellent Summary
In the last few years the number of research articles/books/popular articles about women in traditionally male dominated fields (science, leadership in large companies, etc.) has been on the rise – it has become a hot topic! Every journal and magazine seems to want to publish on this topic.  Some pieces are more sensational or more anecdotal than […]
8:37 PM | Bad Chart Thursday: Stand Your Ground
Categories: Meta Stuff Random Asides SkepticismTags: bad chart thursdayFloridaReutersStand Your Ground lawBy now, I’m sure you’ve all seen the Worst Chart in the Universe, created by Christine Chan of Reuters, depicting the number of gun deaths (or murders?) committed using firearms in Florida, with emphasis on the 2005 enactment of the state’s Stand Your Ground law. Here it is for those who haven’t seen it being snickered across Twitter or in Pharyngula.   On […]
7:00 PM | Sex LifeHacks for Parents
Categories: Parenting SkepticismTags: grounded parentslife hackssexRecently, on the Grounded Parents backchannel, we got to discussing sex. And how much we have it. How parenting makes sex near impossible… and I happened to drop in, a little concerned that maybe I’m parenting wrong because I have a TON of sex. Average more than once a day… usually at least 2-3 times and sometimes with people who aren’t even my husband. Other bloggers stared at their email, mouths […]
5:15 PM | Under 30: The Young Scientists And Entrepreneurs Discovering Our Future - Luhan Yang, 28
Under 30: The Young Scientists And Entrepreneurs Discovering Our Future - Luhan Yang, 28: The amazing Luhan Yang is the young cofounder behind Egenesis, a biotech company working to engineer personalized organs for drug screening and transplantation. Her company is using genome engineering technology based on Cas9, the genetic engineering tool she studied while getting her Ph.D. at Harvard.
4:00 PM | Throwback Thursday HPV Vaccine for Adults
Categories: Science SkepticismTags: hpvhpv vaccine for adultsthrowback thursdayvaccinesWe read your emails but it has been brought to our attention that you fine readers have not read every single thing we ever have written on this blog. This is not acceptable. Especially considering we have published some very informative posts. Posts that one might say are skeptical in thought. To prove this to you, and to highlight some of the fun and fascinating articles that you may have missed, from here […]
12:20 PM | Quickies: Hot maggots, mental milkshakes, and Klingon astronauts
Categories: QuickiesMaggots bring the heat – I it when Bug Girl talks forensics. Judge overturns tough North Dakota abortion law – The law had banned abortion after a fetal heartbeat was detectable. Mind over milkshake: How your thoughts fool your stomach – From Will. Astronaut wears Firefly and Star Trek shirts in space – A supporter of the Klingon empire, even.(Read more...)
11:41 AM | A Spoonful of Sugar Helps the Prejudice Go Down
I wasn’t really paying attention to the radio. I was busy cooking, but it sounded to me as if the question Clive Anderson asked the film-maker Andrea Calderwood on Saturday’s episode of Loose Ends amounted to ‘how come a nice … Continue reading →

April 16, 2014

7:11 PM | Grabby Cabbies, Street Harassers, and Ferengi: About Last Weekend
Categories: FeminismSeveral years ago, I was living on my own in Boston (well, the ridiculously nicer town of Brookline, to be honest). I left a Somerville bar after the subway had stopped running, so I hopped in a cab for the fairly quick trip home. I love cab drivers, and when I’m in the mood, I like talking to them because so many are from places I’ve never been and have interesting stories. That night, my driver was Muhammad from Morocco, a place I’ve always wanted to […]
4:00 PM | Live Below the Line Challenge with Claire Knowlton
Categories: ActivismTags: Do Better Challengelive below the linepovertyI meet a lot of inspiring people and sometimes when I’m really lucky they come over to my art studio, eat vegan cake with me and let me photograph them. This was one of those times. My friend Carrie Poppy introduced me to a really cool woman by the name of Claire Knowlton. Claire does a lot of activism and she has thought deeply on where to put her efforts. During the last week of April she is participating in The Live […]
4:01 AM | Do Men or Women Say “I Love You” First in Relationships?
If you ask 100 people at the mall whether men or women fall in love more quickly, most would predict women. That’s the stereotype, right?  In a survey of 171 people, researchers confirmed that most (over 70%) believe women fall in love first and are quicker to say “I love you” compared to men. However, the survey also found that the stereotype is WRONG. In reality, men fell in love more quickly than women and were also the first to say “I love you.” […]

April 15, 2014

7:32 PM | Fundraising Auction: Handmade Beer and/or Dildo Cozy
Categories: Events Meta StuffCross-posted with Skepchick Events. The SkepchickCon fundraising auctions are back this week with another one-of-a-kind handmade item, a bottle (or large dildo) cozy that Jodi Thibeault crocheted during the Godless Fiends Fabric Arts Hour, part of Freethought Blogs Conscience 2, the online freethought con. You can see the video here, where Jodi not only creates this BEFORE OUR VERY EYES but also dedicates it to SkepchickCon (near the end of the video). The bidding […]
6:00 PM | GoDaddy Released My Personal Information to a Spammer Troll
Categories: FeminismYesterday, I learned that GoDaddy released personally identifiable information about me to a spammer troll. You see, it all started way back in August of 2011 when I got a dodgy-looking email from someone I didn’t recognize that said only “Transcendental Argument for the existence of God (17:36)” and a link to a website that I did not click on for fear it would download all sorts of creepy crawlies on my computer. The email went to me and a bunch of other […]
2:30 PM | 4 Myths about Taxes
Categories: SkepticismTags: public policytax daytaxesIf you’re living and working in the U.S. then you know today is that most infamous of “holidays,” Tax Day. You are either rushing to finish your taxes and get it to the post office before they close or are smugly sitting back and relaxing because you finished your taxes ahead of time to avoid the last-minute rush. As one of the latter who already received and spent most of my refund weeks ago on new clothes and buying the […]
1:26 PM | Quickies: Homeless Jesus, stereotypes, and voodoo dolls
Categories: QuickiesStatue of a homeless Jesus startles wealthy community – Somebody called the cops on Jesus. The Representation Project: Rewrite the story – Strict gender stereotypes harm us all. Someone finally notices that John Scalzi wrote a book with a 50/50 male/female character split – “I didn’t make a huge deal about it when I was writing THD; I just reminded myself to write women characters. I also didn’t generally talk about making an effort at […]

April 14, 2014

6:47 PM | Help Without Heaven
Categories: ActivismTags: atheismatheistDo Better Challengefacebookmental healthsupport groupsAs part of my ongoing Do Better Challenge, I am seeking out people who are doing volunteer work and good deeds to help out in the various secular communities. We see a lot of negativity in the world and because of that, every now and then, I like to try to focus your attention on some of the good people out there doing great things. Miri Mogilevsky and Courtney Caldwell are two very inspirational women […]
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