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September 29, 2014

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8:29 PM | The Hidden Cost of “Leaking” Celebrity Nudes: Kim Kardashian
Categories: FeminismSupport more videos like this at patreon.com/rebecca! Sort-of-transcript: Another day, another batch of celebrity nudes have been “leaked”, which is a word used to downplay the fact that these were ...(Read more...)
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1:00 PM | Quickies: Campus Sexual Assault Revolution, Synthetic Biology, and Sexist Atheists
Categories: QuickiesHow My Chronic Pain Shaped My Views About Abortion – “There’s no correlation between being in favor of reproductive rights and having chronic pain. But these issues have a great ...(Read more...)
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4:01 AM | Keeping the Back Burner Warm with Technology
With the pervasiveness of social media and mobile devices comes the potential to communicate with hundreds or thousands of people with just a few taps or clicks. Of course, we are connected to lots of different types of people, including family, friends, coworkers, and random people you have a faint recollection of from high school who friended you on Facebook. We also have very different reasons for communicating with particular people in our social circles. New research1 suggests that one […]

September 28, 2014

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7:09 PM | The truth about apple pie spice
Categories: Random Asides SkepticismPeople lost their damn minds when they learned Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte (PSL) did NOT contain pumpkin.  As it turned out, the key part of the Starbucks PSL is pumpkin spice, which ...(Read more...)
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6:00 PM | Skepchick Sundaylies: Numismatic Quilling, Names on Facebook, Atheist Rosh Hashanah, Life Before Disability
Categories: Meta StuffTags: anxietyartatheismbook reviewscollege professorsDBTdisabilityEscepticafacebookfootballgrounded parentsLGBTQMad Art LabMaryam Mirzakhaninamesneil degrasse tysonNFLParentingpersonal storiespseudonamespseudosciencePUAsQueerekaquillingRedefining GirlyReligionRosh Hashanahschool of doubtSkeptabilitysocial skillsteachingTeen SkepchickSunday Funny: Being a woman at an atheist convention. (via Medium) Teen Skepchick The Not So Beautiful Game: In Which Our Intrepid Narrator […]
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4:57 PM | Skepchick Book Club: Lost At Sea
Categories: Book ClubTags: jon ronsonlost at seaSylvia BrowneNote: information about next month’s book are at the bottom of this post. ******* Welcome back to the Skepchick Book Club! This month, we read Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson ...(Read more...)

September 27, 2014

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3:00 PM | Global Quickies: Mars on a Budget, Sharia Law, and The Vatican Arrests a Priest
Categories: Feminism Quickies Religion Science SkepticismINDIA India has succeeded, at their first attempt, to send an operational mission to Mars. The Mangalyaan mission was also really cheap, $74 million. That’s less than what making the ...(Read more...)

September 26, 2014

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4:05 PM | Quickies: Chemtrails, being a target, and Nanopatch vaccine delivery
Categories: QuickiesActivists will gather this weekend to protest imaginary chemtrails – From Mary. How it feels to be a target – “I am targeted for rape and other types of sexual ...(Read more...)
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4:02 AM | Outside Looking In: Taking A Different View of Your Relationship
image source: startribune.comIt can be hard for partners to view their disagreements impartially. In a recent study, 120 married couples were tracked for over a year, during which their marital quality generally decreased.  After that year, half of the couples learned how to reappraise conflict by writing about their relationships from the viewpoint of an uninvolved, neutral third party, while the other half continued in their relationships without receiving any intervention. At the end of […]

September 25, 2014

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7:38 PM | Is the Royal Society Treating Women Fairly?
This year’s announcement regarding successful applicants for Royal Society University Research Fellowships (URFs) has been hailed with deep suspicion by many. Out of 43 awards only 2 went to women and there is no getting around the fact that this … Continue reading →
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3:30 PM | #GamerGate and Game Journalism’s Ethics Problem
Categories: FeminismSupport more videos like this at http://patreon.com/rebecca Relevant links: Overview of harassment against Zoe Quinn IRC chat logs Duke Nukem PR fail Kotaku on mock reviews EA’s BS A good ...(Read more...)
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2:00 PM | Latinas in STEM: Making Bright Futures a Reality
Crédito / Photo: Latinas in STEMDuring National Hispanic Heritage Month, Ciencia Puerto Rico and Borinqueña are celebrating the work of organizations inspiring, supporting and empowering Latinas in STEM fields. You can read this profile in Spanish here.   Latinas have a bright future in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Latina girls love learning how things work. They love building […]

September 24, 2014

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4:01 AM | Rejecting People is Hard to Do: Why People Fail to Turn Down Unwanted Dates
Relationships frequently fall apart due to irreconcilable incompatibilities. Sometimes these incompatibilities are so large that they seem like they should have been obvious from the start (e.g., one person wants children, the other partner doesn’t; one person is deeply religious, the other isn't). Why don’t such dealbreakers prevent relationships from getting off the ground in the first place? Why do people so frequently wind up with incompatible romantic partners?

September 22, 2014

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1:00 PM | Sexism, Transphobia and Arguments from Biology
Categories: Feminism ScienceTags: brainbrain genderestrogen vibegender differencesam harrissex differencesexismsexual dimorphismtransgenderA lot of you have probably seen the comment by Sam Harris quoted in the Washington Post where he claims “there’s something about that critical posture that is to some ...(Read more...)
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1:00 PM | Quickies: Trans TV Show, GoFundMe Bans Abortion-Related Funds, and Wonder Woman
Categories: QuickiesIn ‘Transparent,’ Transgender Issues Are A Family Affair – “Transparent is a comedy-drama that centers on a family and their lives following the discovery that their father, whom they’d known ...(Read more...)
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