Quickies

Skepchick Quickies 2.14

Happy Valentine’s Day to all you sexy, sexy readers. Jen wanted to bring you a lovely bouquet of Quickies this morning, but she’s busy genetically altering roses to phosphoresce when you plug them into a USB port. Let’s get down to business, shall we? THE BUSINESS OF LOVE.

That should have a little something for everybody. Happy VD!

Rebecca Watson

Rebecca leads a team of skeptical female activists at Skepchick.org. She travels around the world delivering entertaining talks on science, atheism, feminism, and skepticism. There is currently an asteroid orbiting the sun with her name on it. You can follow her every fascinating move on Twitter or on Google+.

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13 Comments

  1. I think it’s really cool that New Egg changed up their Vday gift guide. A few commenters here wrote directly to them, no? Good on ya!

    Also, in honor of Valentine’s Day (not really), I’m changing to my real name here. Not that it’s ever been a secret. Been meaning to do it for a while now.

    EDIT: Heh! Comment in moderation.

  2. I was one of those who complained to NewEgg, and got a very generic response letter, so I hadn’t seen that they changed it. It is a bit better to make the girl the “geek” and the guy the “cutie,” I suppose, but only a bit. It’s still heteronormative, and I just don’t see why they couldn’t have been gender neutral. The copy would be easy enough to write, e.g., “here’s some things your geeky valentine will love!” Why do they have to gender-assign the products at all? It’s a damn motherboard, after all! I would imagine that 99% of their products are gender-neutral, and they went to an effort to scrounge out that 1% that aren’t and feature them in the promotion.
    So…progress, but only a little.

  3. @calliopejane:

    I don’t even think the woman looks that geeky. So now glasses and a pencil are enough to make a woman geeky? I mean, there’s no reason that someone can’t be geeky and look “normal” at the same time, but I thought the glasses=geek thing died out decades ago.

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