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Skepchick Quickies 8.22

Friday!  Woohoo! 

  • Girl eager for education drags father to court – “Nawabjaan, Rubinsha’s father decided to stop her from realising her dream as he was against his 20-year-old daughter going out of her home town to study engineering.”  He *did* want her to continue her education, but in math rather than engineering and at her local university, not away from home.
  • Woman-officited wedding ceremony sparks controversy in India – “Naish Hasan, the 28-year-old bride and a women’s rights activist, and Imran Ali, the 41-year-old groom, were married last week in a ceremony that is believed to be the first of its kind in India.”
  • Hot and sexy Darwinism – If you’re a hot Darwinist, how about modeling some temporary tattoos of the great man himself?  Thanks, Colin, for letting us know about your project. 
  • Polygamy is the key to a long life – For men.

This week, the Teen Skepchicks have been busy.  Elles has posted about tea dieting, the universe’s material soul, hair hysteria, the Bigfoot hoax, and tips for school.  Cassie posted her tips for school and V posted some great teen tidbits links.  

And happy birthday to Skepchick reader and commenter, Rystefn!  Who’s name I’m still not sure how to pronounce.

Amanda

Amanda is a science grad student in Boston whose favorite pastimes are having friendly debates and running amok.

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15 Comments

  1. I’m totally being a Darwin tattoo model. Already sent him an email. I didn’t have my act together for the last calendar, so I’m making up for my sexy skeptical photography slacking now.

  2. I took a look at the Darwin tattoo website, but it is only for hot people. I can’t find a website that wants scrawny, bald, near-sighted middle aged-men with bad teeth to model for them.

    Maybe I should try searching with Google instead of Yahoo…

  3. On the polagamy:
    I am always leery of conclusions in headlines of news stories. The article states that socioeconomic factors were factored in but appears they only did so between the monagamous and polygamous areas and not within the polygamous area. In other words maybe the richest guys in the polygamous nations got the wives and lived longer because they had the means to get better healthcare, nutrition etc. Whereas in the monagamous areas even the poorest have access to somebody to marry if most people are seeking marriage. Also, maybe they are getting cause and effect switched. Maybe the healthiest men (the men destined to live longer) attract the most wives in the polygamous nations but in the monogamous nations even the less healthy can find some one to marry. An analogy is if I state studies show that if you want your kid to grow to be tall have him/her play a lot of basketball. If you measure the average height of people that play a lot of basketball(pros and college players) and compare that to the average height of people that play no basketball at all clearly there is a significant height difference.

  4. I’m with Johnea13 on this one. The study that is referenced in the article looks like an interesting starting point on which to base further research. Not that you should draw conclusions from the pop-news report.

    I think that someone needs to dig a little deeper into the treatments of step-children in a monogamous marriage versus the treatment of children of different mothers in a polygamous marriage. It seems to me that there is a lot of room for unintentional biases to creep in there.

  5. Good for the women.
    I’ve been married twice. I can’t imagine why someone would want to be married to more than one woman at one time. As everyone knows nothing kills your sex life like marriage. Can you imagine the multiplyer effect of multiple marriage would have. It would be a geometric progression of no sex.

  6. Can you imagine the multiplyer effect of multiple marriage would have. It would be a geometric progression of no sex.

    “Lessee here. Nuthin’, times nuthin’, carry the one, equals…nuthin’.” – Jayne, “Firefly”

  7. Josh, I think you mean, “carry the nothin'”

    Actually, it’s pronounced ri-STEF-en Only imagine that last e is upside down and barely exists. Oh, sorry… did I trip up your masturbation joke? Damnit…

    Also, Happy Birthday! Don’t expect to stay up posting into the wee hours tonight, I plan on doing something else entirely in the wee hours.

  8. He *did* want her to continue her education, but in math rather than engineering and at her local university, not away from home.

    Wait. I’m sorry but isn’t Engineering pretty much like majoring in math anyways?? Except you can do more with it rather than teach haha. That father is off his rocker.

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