Quickies: Gaming while male, rare birds, and other sexisms

Quickies: Gaming while male, rare birds, and other sexisms

Playing with privilege: The invisible benefits of gaming while male – A checklist. The last item: “Because it was created by a straight white male, this checklist will likely be taken more seriously than if it had been written by virtually any female gamer.” From Veronica. Why I’m a feminist – Laci Green on that shocking f-word. Scientists name top 100 unusual and end... »

Quickies: Einstein’s Brain, Space Trash, and Cats Being Cats

Quickies: Einstein’s Brain, Space Trash, and Cats Being Cats

On April 23, 1985, Coca-cola released New Coke. Whether it was a marketing ploy or not, I’m still bummed that I didn’t get to try it! The Tragic Story of How Einstein’s Brain Was Stolen and Wasn’t Even Special – What a weird story. 6 Photos of the Oldest Living Things in the World – On a related note, I really need to clean out my refrigerator. Waste of Space – “... »

Challenge Accepted: Non-Theistic Explanations for Sacrifice

Challenge Accepted: Non-Theistic Explanations for Sacrifice

Over at THE WEEK a few days ago, Damon Linker wrote an article titled “Why atheism doesn’t have the upper hand over religion.” In this article, Linker claims to have dealt a coup de grâce to atheism: “The fact is that there are specific human experiences that atheism in any form simply cannot explain or account for. One of those experiences is radical sacrifice—and the feelings it elicits in... »

Meb Keflezighi crossing the finish line

No, Meb Keflezighi Was Not the First American to Win the Boston Marathon Since 1983

If you have watched or read any news lately then you know that yesterday at the Boston Marathon Meb Keflezighi was the first American to win since 1983. It’s a momentous occasion and even more meaningful coming after last year’s Boston Marathon bombing. Meb Keflezighi, an Olympic silver medalist in 2004 is almost 39 years old and lost his Nike sponsorship as recently as 2011. Most considered him p... »

Quickies: Misogynist geeks, young feminists, and vampirism

Quickies: Misogynist geeks, young feminists, and vampirism

What are misogynist geeks so afraid of? – “What’s the worst thing that could happen if women were able to write criticisms of the objectification and marginalization of female characters in comic books and video games, all without being silenced and derailed with a bunch of abuse from Dudes With Serious Issues?” From Criticaldragon1177. Phyllis Schlafly gets schooled by a 12-year... »

Guest Post: I am No One’s Good Fatty

Guest Post: I am No One’s Good Fatty

Editor’s Note: Shaunta is back! And this time she explains why the expectation of being a “good fatty” is hurtful and unproductive. Right on! *** When I first started writing about Health at Every Size (HAES), I spent a lot of time talking about my blood. Nearly every post I wrote included a paragraph listing my “numbers,” like credentials on a resume. My cholesterol is 125. My b... »

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