July 20, 2014

6:37 PM | Llongyfarchiadau!
…or ‘Congratulations’ in English. Up and down the country this is the time of year for graduation ceremonies. Proud parents, wider family and friends go along to watch their loved ones briefly smile and shake the (Vice)Chancellor’s hand, or something … Continue reading →
5:45 PM | Skepchick Sundaylies: The Game, Thor’s Armor, Snowpiercer, Inclusive Atheism, Subtle Sexism, Helicopter Parenting, and Identifying as Disabled
Categories: Meta StuffTags: abuseacademiaaccessibilityanti-choiceatheismbi-erasureBisexualitycomic booksConstantinecosplayDBTdisabilityEscepticagrammargrounded parentsHIV/AIDShobby Lobbyidentityinclusive atheismLGBT rightsMad Art Labmathematicsmovie reviewParentingpickup artistsPUAQueerekareligious libertyschool of doubtsexismSkepchickCONSkeptabilitySnowpiercersodomySofia Kovalevskavateachingtechnology in the classroomTeen Skephickthe gamethorSunday Funny: Gender Roles (via TheRobinHead) Teen […]
4:30 PM | Skepchick Book Club: Jesus Land
Categories: Book ClubTags: escuela caribeevangelical christianityjesus landjulia scheeresnew horizons youth ministriesphysical abusesexual abuseNote: Information about next month’s book is at the bottom of this post. Content Warning: The author of this book describes her extreme physical and sexual abuse as a child, at the hands of people who used Jesus to justify their actions.  Welcome back to the Skepchick Book Club! This month, we read Jesus Land by Julia Scheeres. This book […]
4:01 AM | 20 Misconceptions About Sex (video)
From Mental Floss.

July 19, 2014

8:26 PM | Anti-Feminist Vlogger Jaclyn Glenn Plagiarizes YouTube & Twitter Comments
Categories: FeminismThere have been many recent examples of high profile plagiarism scandals, from Jane Goodall to Slavoj Žižek to Shia LeBeouf to Jonah Lehrer. Add to that noteworthy list Jaclyn Glenn, who you probably don’t know unless you are super into YouTube anti-feminists or if you follow Richard Dawkins on Twitter. I first became aware of Glenn about a month ago, when I saw links to her videos popping up here and there on social media. The joy I felt at seeing another […]
3:00 PM | Global Quickies: Banned Archie, Female Bishops, and Alien Rock Paintings
Categories: Feminism Quickies Religion SkepticismSUDAN Sudanese authorities are banning the construction of new Christian churches. Sudan is majority Muslim, but officially guarantees freedom of religion. NIGERIA Malala Yousafzai visited Nigeria to appeal to Boko Haram militants to lay down their weapons and “stop misusing the name of Islam.” UK Church of England leaders voted to allow women to become bishops. The first female bishop could be appointed by the end of the year. […]
4:00 AM | How Women View Penis Size Over Time
Want to learn more about women's preferences for penis size? Click here.

July 18, 2014

12:30 PM | Quickies: Girls love science, chemtrails, and last names
Categories: QuickiesGirls love science. We tell them not to – “A recent article argued that ‘biology and nature sway females away from science.’ Not so fast.” California county votes to investigate chemtrails – From bluebottle. Teen convinces high school to drop abstinence-only sex ed – From Criticaldragon1177. What happened when we gave our daughter my last name – “That moment confirmed for me that the patriarchy is still deeply […]
4:01 AM | What’s Love Got to Do with Weight Loss?
It's time for a snack and you're wondering what to eat, preferably something healthy as you're trying to stay fit. There may be a simple solution; research demonstrates that the simple act of looking at a friendship-based love symbol, such as a heart, can sway your appetite toward a healthy craving (e.g. an apple). Whereas looking at a sexual-based love symbol, such as a picture of a kiss mark, could lead you to giving into the Snickers bar you’ve been thinking about. As such, […]

July 17, 2014

5:01 AM | Have To or Want To?: Deciphering Your Partner’s Motivations for Helping You
Think about the last time your friend or romantic partner did something nice for you. Now think about that other person’s motivations: Do you think s/he did it for you out of care for you or out of obligation? We asked people this question in two studies; across both studies, people who were more avoidantly attached—that is, people who were more uncomfortable depending on and opening up to others—were more likely to think that their friends or romantic partners did things for […]

July 16, 2014

7:35 AM | Shuffling Forward in Education
This week has been full of surprises in Whitehall. The departure of David Willetts was foreseen. Indeed, it has been predicted just about every time there has been a ministerial reshuffle in the recent past. He will be missed by … Continue reading →

July 15, 2014

6:00 PM | Disappointed Feminists
Categories: Feminism Random AsidesTags: disappointmentselfiesTumblrI still consider myself relatively new to feminism. At least, I’ve only in the last few years begun to realize that I am one. And I’m finding out, sadly, that it involves a whole lot of disappointment. I get disappointed by the news when there’s been yet another attack on a woman’s right over her own body. I get disappointed when yet another woman in the spotlight eschews the term feminism, though […]
5:03 PM | New Video! Is That a Magnet in Belinda Carlisle’s Pants?
Categories: Anti-ScienceHere’s the sort-of transcript: Belinda Carlisle, beloved lead singer of the Go-Go’s, has hit menopause, which yes, should make all of us feel old. It seems that if there’s one thing worse than bleeding out of your crotch for four or five days a month for 30 or 40 years, it’s menopause. There are emotional swings, anxiety, depression, low-energy, migraines, osteoporosis, and apparently your boobs can get smaller. And, of course, the ubiquitous hot […]
2:00 PM | Cosplay SkepchickCON-Style
Categories: EventsTags: cosplayGame of ThronesMad Art LaboitnbSkepchickCONslave leoAnother SkepchickCON has come to a close and this year was one of the best ever. As usual, our merry band of Skepchick Network contributors walked the halls of CONvergence in some top notch cosplay. Mad Art Lab‘s Beth realized two nights before SkepchickCON that she had not put together a cosplay yet. She made a Target run and ended up creating most of the pieces of her costume in her hotel room during […]
1:00 PM | Cross-Post: We Aren’t Ready for Inclusive Atheism Yet
Categories: FeminismLet me just say first that I agree with what you’re about to shout into your computer, that supportive and accepting inclusivity should always be a top priority for any community group or movement, especially one comprised of intersectionally-marginalized people (not only are we all marginalized as nonbelievers, many of us are also women, people of color, disabled, LGBTQ, etc.). But we aren’t there yet, and while we continue to work towards it, we still need to […]
12:30 PM | Quickies: Social punishment of assault victims, women in eSports, and Church of England approves female bishops
Categories: QuickiesWhy does everyone feel so sorry for men accused of being predators? – “Why is it – in a culture purporting to take allegations of sexual assault and harassment seriously – that victims suffer more social punishment than their accused attackers?” Women-only eSports events do not mean there should be men-only ones – “Women-only events help this slightly by both removing some of those barriers and fostering a community for an […]
5:01 AM | What Attachment Style is The Bachelorette’s Andi Dorfman?
So I have a confession to make, and you have to promise not to judge me.  I am totally “fangirling” over the current Bachelorette Andi Dorfman. There is something remarkable about her, and whatever it is is generating some polarizing opinions. Oh, and did I mention that Andi was an assistant district attorney before she resigned to do the show? What more could you ask for in a lead role! If Andi is so great, why is she provoking such mixed reactions?

July 14, 2014

8:40 PM | Are Religious People Victims?
Categories: Religion SkepticismThis is a guest post by Tony Lakey. Tony is a queer atheist, a social justice and interfaith activist, and an alleged Faitheist. A contributor to Columbia Faith and Values, he studied Philosophy and Sociology at the University of Missouri – Columbia, where he also ran a secular student group. He tweets at @tonylakey. Last week, American Atheists posted an image with a quote from Dave Silverman: “I had thought when I was younger that I was right and […]
7:20 PM | Retirement of a Scientist: When Should I Announce It?
You've decided to retire. Depending on your organization's rules, you will have to file paperwork by a certain deadline and inform your supervisor or department chair. But deciding when to make your decision to retire publicly known is less straight-forward. Should you wait until the last minute? Do you drop hints as much as a year before? Do you announce at the same time you file the paperwork or tell your supervisor/chair? When should you tell your staff/students? When and how should you tell […]
1:01 PM | Quickies: Transgender Activism, Amazing Astro Photos, and the Dead Mother Trope in Kids’ Films
Categories: QuickiesThe Woman Who Helped Change How Police Treat Transgender People – “After D.C. resident Patti Hammond Shaw was arrested, she claimed male officers searched her and locked her up with men who allegedly abused and threatened her. This is how she fought to make sure this won’t happen to others.” Content warning: graphic descriptions of abuse. Kids’ Films And Stories Share A Dark Theme: Dead Mothers – An interesting essay about the “dead […]
5:01 AM | Shopping for Shorts: High-Waisted or Daisy Dukes?
With summer upon us, many women will go to the mall to revamp their closet with this year’s latest trends. After all, how are you going to get the attention of your cute neighbor if you’re wearing the same boring clothes you wore last year? Let’s be honest: you’re not. But with a less-than-stellar economy, more women are cutting back on their wardrobe allowance and are instead opting to purchase only a few ‘I can’t live without you’ pieces. So ladies, […]

July 13, 2014

6:00 PM | Skepchick Sundaylies: Open Wireless, Nature vs Nurture, Urine Therapy, World Cup, and Pro-GMO
Categories: Meta StuffTags: Assassins CreedbiologyDBTEnglishEscepticaevolutionfeminismFIFA World Cupfoodfootballgenetically modified organismgmogrammargrounded parentshigher educationinternetlanguageMad Art Labmental healthnaturenurtureopen wirelessParentingphysicspro-GMOpseudosciencequantum physicsQueerekaschool of doubtsoccersocial justiceTeen Skepchickthe Castroundergraduate degreeurine therapyvideo gamesTeen Skepchick Science Sunday: With Liberty and Internet Access for All Elizabeth […]
4:03 PM | Solely Mates (2008–)
Online dating sites (and London Underground) are awash with gushing testimonials from people who claim to have found the love of their life at the click of a mouse. In the interests of balance, I thought I’d offer some testimonials of my own. A new chapter I’d been on Solely Mates for about three months […]
7:48 AM | Holiday Questions in Natural History
Last week I escaped to the Shropshire hills and blissfully allowed my brain to stop turning over matters concerning committee-work, exams, grants and other responsibilities past, present and future. Instead I have been exercising my limbs up and down the … Continue reading →

July 12, 2014

8:08 PM | What do you see when you look in the Mirror?
There are so many negative images out there of young women and teenage girls. We are always portrayed as vapid, looks obsessed, useless and brainless. It’s gotten so bad than many of us have internalised these negative messages and wear being a young woman as a badge of shame and revulsion instead of one of honour and pride.  The “What I see” project is trying to change just that and is asking women and girls to define themselves. It doesn’t matter how old you […]
3:00 PM | Gobal Quickies: Genies, Sects, and Hitler
Categories: SkepticismTAIWAN (From criticaldragon1177) Christian organizations are forming alliances with Taoist and Buddhist groups to influence government policy against same-sex marriage.   NEPAL (Via Ateorizar) A Withcraft Act will be voted on by the Parliament soon, which aims to “to take stringent action against those involved in the inhuman treatment of females accused of practicing witchcraft”.   INDIA The Supreme Court ruled that Islamic courts have no legal […]
5:01 AM | Old (and Sexist) Advice About Paying Attention to Other Men
Interested in learning more about paying attention to alternative partners? Click here.

July 11, 2014

9:19 PM | tumblingtheology: bookishboi: lastrealindians: Teen scientist...
tumblingtheology: bookishboi: lastrealindians: Teen scientist harnesses sun power to help Navajo community New Mexico teen Raquel Redshirt uses everyday materials and the sun to build solar ovens, fulfilling a Navajo community need and winning an award at the Intel ISEF competition. Growing up on New Mexico’s Navajo Nation, Raquel Redshirt was well aware of the needs of her community. Many of her impoverished neighbors lacked basics such as electricity, as well as stoves and ovens to […]
7:03 PM | Worst Pseudoscience Ever
Categories: SkepticismAt last week’s SkepchickCON one of the best panels (in my humble opinion) was the Skepchick debate on the Worst Pseudoscience Ever. I (foolishly) did not participate and am currently regretting that because everyone was utterly hilarious and fantastic. So to make up for it, I am adding my two cents here. I give you…the argument for why breatharianism is the worst pseudoscience ever! Breatharianism is of course the belief that human beings can survive without […]
3:15 PM | Your new feel good summer jam
Categories: Random AsidesTags: body positivebootyfeel goodsongsummerYeah it’s pretty clear, I ain’t no size two But I can shake it, shake it like I’m supposed to do …. Come on now, make it stop If you got beauty beauty just raise ‘em up ‘Cause every inch of you is perfect From the bottom to the top Those are just some of the lyrics from Meghan Trainor‘s ‘All About That Bass’.  Trainor’s song isn’t the first bigger […]
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