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September 03, 2014

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1:00 PM | Quickies: MRAs, Typewriter Noises, and Donating to Charity in the Name of Non-consent
Categories: QuickiesOpen letter to the gaming community – A concise letter, the gist of which is “if you see something, say something.” From mrmisconception. Grover Norquist Goes to Burning Man – ...(Read more...)

September 02, 2014

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12:30 PM | Quickies: Fighting sexism is “annoying,” an abortion provider on her job, and Bechdel testing Star Trek
Categories: QuickiesMan says, stop complaining about sexism in video games because it’s annoying – From 9bar, who points out how the author’s bio includes his love of booth babes. An abortion ...(Read more...)
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4:01 AM | For Richer: How Your Spouse Influences Your Job Success
Picking a romantic partner with the “right” characteristics can be difficult, but it is also important. We all want a partner who is smart, funny, kind, and all around fantastic, because the assumption is that such a person makes us happy and will generally lead to a better life overall. But can your relationship partner influence your job success? Researchers Brittany Solomon and Joshua Jackson from Washington University in St. Louis speculated that there are at least three […]

September 01, 2014

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6:59 PM | Meet Staci Goddard in Los Angeles on Tuesday
Categories: Activism Events Feminism Random AsidesHello friends! This is a quick shout-out to let you know that my fabulous group The Los Angeles Women’s Atheist and Agnostic group (LAWAAG) is meeting tomorrow night and we ...(Read more...)
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4:00 PM | What Ferguson Can Teach Journalists
Categories: SkepticismTags: Fergusonjournalismmediamedia representationracismsocial mediaOne of my many takeaways from Ferguson coverage over the last two weeks has been a confirmation of a suspicion I’ve held for awhile: journalists have more than earned their ...(Read more...)
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1:05 PM | Quickies: Homeless Women, Anita Sarkeesian, and Rowdy (White) Retirement Communities
Categories: QuickiesOne Woman’s Lessons From Living On The Street – “Susan says life on the streets is a constant battle for all homeless people, but for women it’s particularly hard. On ...(Read more...)

August 31, 2014

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5:00 PM | Skepchick Sundaylies: “Poorly Written, Abusive Erotica,” Racist Color Names, Scottish Independence, and Boy/Girl Sleepovers
Categories: Meta StuffTags: 000 Genomes Project10050 Shades of GreyAndrew CutlerATLASautismbook reviewsboy-girl sleepoverscatscernchelationFabiola Gianottifact-checkinggrounded parentsice water challengelhcMad Art LabmathmusicParentingphysicsprofessionalismpseudoscienceracismschool of doubtScottish independenceTeen SkepchickSunday Funny: Love Your Body (HT: io9) and Writing Skills (via xkcd) Teen Skepchick The Physics Philes, lesson 112: Sea Shell Resonance Why do hear the ocean in sea shells? […]
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4:01 AM | Tweeting About Your Relationship Can Backfire
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August 30, 2014

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7:15 PM | The Wishing Machine
Categories: SkepticismTags: radionicswishing machineIf only I had known years ago that stroking my stick plate would make wishes come true. Thankfully, Joshua P. Warren is here to tell us all about stroking stick ...(Read more...)
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3:00 PM | Global Quickies: Governments Fail Children, Diplomatic Immunity, and Evil 3G
Categories: Feminism Quickies ReligionIRELAND (From Ciarán) A suicidal refugee teen, in care of the state and pregnant from a rape, was forced to give birth even though she was entitled to have the ...(Read more...)

August 29, 2014

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1:02 PM | Quickies: Face mites, megadroughts, and exoplanets
Categories: QuickiesYou’ve got face mites – A great article by Bug Girl including a face mite gif and a photo of a face mite penis. Australian federal ministers urged to boycott ...(Read more...)
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7:01 AM | Parasocial Relationships: I Get by with a Little Help from My (TV) Friends
Lately it seems like everywhere I turn, someone is talking about a TV show reunion. From Seinfeld to Friends, Sex and the City to 90210, the rumors circulate, even in the face of stars vigorously denying the possibility.  What would make us miss our favorite TV characters so much that, despite the stars’ protests, we still hold out hope of celebrities reviving their beloved roles? The answer may lie in our need to belong.

August 28, 2014

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3:32 PM | Thank God for Ebola!
Categories: ReligionThe current outbreak of ebola has been in the news for awhile now, and for good reason: it’s already killed more than 1,200 people in Western Africa, and it infected ...(Read more...)
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1:18 PM | Quickies: Sarkeesian receives death threats, climate change models, and geek girls
Categories: QuickiesAnita Sarkeesian driven out of home by online abuse and death threats – She shared the the tweets that threatened her and used her home address yesterday. Trigger warning, they’re ...(Read more...)
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11:46 AM | Science of Relationships MOOC at Colorado State University
Interested in learning more about the science of relationships? Dr. Jennifer Jill Harman is offering a free, on-line 8 week course! The Science of Relationships MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) at Colorado State University is a social-based program that provides educational access to the public at no cost. This class teaches students secrets to what makes their significant other tick, why they’re attracted to the people they are, how to best nurture a relationship, and more. Divided into […]
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1:48 AM | The Church vs. Game of Thrones!
Categories: FeminismFirst of all, a big fat SPOILER ALERT for Game of Thrones! The books as well as the TV show. OK, everyone ready? So the next season of Game of ...(Read more...)

August 27, 2014

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7:05 PM | Whose Responsbility? It’s too Easy to Say ‘Not Mine’
Despite the news being full of stories about how minorities are disadvantaged in larger or smaller ways, it is far from obvious that rapid progress is being made. The articles I read are full of appropriate shock at everything from … Continue reading →
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4:00 PM | Guest Post: The Second Amendment is for White People
Categories: Guest BloggersTags: Fergusongun rightsNRAsecond amendmentstricter gun controlEditor’s Note: Today’s guest post, by Jon Childress, is a must-read on the racial politics of guns in America.  ****** If you haven’t been following (on social media, not cable news) ...(Read more...)
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1:00 PM | Quickies: Prayer Meetings, Anti-Vax Mentality, and the Indifference of White America
Categories: QuickiesHow neuroscience is being used to spread quackery in business and education – The origin of the phrase “cargo-cult science” and how charlatans and pseudoscientists are co-opting neuroscience language without ...(Read more...)
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7:01 AM | No Means No? Reading Men’s and Women’s Magazines Linked to Sexual Consent
image source: salidalliance.orgMen’s and women’s magazines provide different messages about sex to their respective readers. In a study of over 300 students, exposure to such magazines was related to students’ feelings about obtaining sexual consent. Those who read more men’s magazines reported a lower likelihood of requiring consent before having sex; those who read more women’s magazines reported a greater likelihood to refuse unwanted sex. We can’t infer […]
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3:40 AM | Happy Women’s Equality Day! Celebrate By Not Being Drafted Into the Military
Categories: FeminismAugust 25, was Women’s Equality Day. On that day in 1920, women finally won the right to vote in the United States. That’s right – the US has only been ...(Read more...)

August 26, 2014

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8:03 PM | Go ahead, drink your Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte!
Categories: Science SkepticismTags: cancerpumpkin spice lattestarbucksPeople love Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte. A lot. This beverage has its own twitter account with nearly 78,000 followers. When Starbucks announced they would start selling this seasonal beverage early, people lost their ...(Read more...)
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5:00 PM | Moving Social Justice: An Interview With Sikivu Hutchinson
Categories: Activism FeminismAs marginalized and minority voices in the United States seek to bring attention to social justice-oriented causes, one of many groups joining that fight are humanists & atheists. But despite ...(Read more...)
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1:20 PM | Quickies: New Tropes vs. Women in video games, Mary Beard, and when good journals go bad
Categories: QuickiesWomen as background decoration, part 2 – Anita Sarkeesian’s latest video is out! The troll slayer – A New Yorker piece on Mary Beard, her work as a classicist, and ...(Read more...)

August 25, 2014

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3:00 PM | Cross Post: The Radical Notion that Children are People
Categories: Feminism ParentingTags: childfree insultschildren are people toochildren's rightsEditor’s Note: This cross post from Grounded Parents was written by Cassandra Phoenix. Click through the link at the bottom to read the full post and make comments.  ****** I ...(Read more...)
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1:00 PM | Quickies: Bill Nye Fights for Science, Gaming Misogyny, and Comic Book Parents
Categories: QuickiesTuskegee Syphilis Study Recruitment Letter – An example of the letter sent out to some black men in Alabama, in one of the most infamous cases of unethical science. Gaming ...(Read more...)
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7:01 AM | The Marriage Proposal Ritual
You have likely seen some variation of this scene before: you’re out in public or watching TV, and you see someone bend down on one knee, pull out a ring, and ask the person they’re with, “Will you marry me?” Odds are you knew what was taking place the moment the person got down on one knee and pulled out the box. This is because proposing marriage is a ritual that has a fairly standard script that people often follow. Of course, there are some variations on the script, […]

August 24, 2014

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5:30 PM | Skepchick Sundaylies: PUAs, Genetic Medicine, and 23andMe
Categories: Meta StuffTags: 23andMedisabilityEscepticafeminismFergusongenetic medicineGodel's ontological proofgrounded parentsinflamatory bowel diseasephysicspickup artistpolicePUAsracismReligionScienceSkeptabilityskepticismTeen Skepchickwhite privilegeTeen Skepchick The Physics Philes, lesson 111: The Legend of Kundt’s Tube Mindy applies nodes and anti-notes to longitudinal waves. The Not So Beautiful Game Step 3: In Which Our ...(Read more...)
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3:00 PM | Skepchick Book Club: Life Ascending
Categories: Book ClubTags: life ascendingnick laneNote: Information about next month’s book is at the bottom of this post. Welcome back to the Skepchick Book Club! This month we read Life Ascending: The Ten Great Inventions of ...(Read more...)

August 23, 2014

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4:30 PM | Extraordinary Claims Require Extraordinary Evidence – Except in Rape Claims?
Categories: SkepticismSupport more videos like this at Patreon! No Gods No Masters tee available on Skeptical Robot (remember to take 50% off with code hellyeah50 at checkout)! Transcript: In a previous ...(Read more...)
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