Skepchick Quickies 3.8

  • Subject for debate: Are women people? – “All my adult life, I’ve been pretty sure I’m a sentient, even semi-competent human being…But in the past couple of months, certain powerful figures in media and politics have cracked open that certitude.” From Danielle.
  • Plastic-eating fungus found in the Amazon may solve world’s waste problem – From Brian.
  • Recovering Lolita – “Among the problems Nabokov’s Lolita poses for the book designer, probably the thorniest is the popular misconception of the title character. She’s chronically miscast as a teenage sexpot—just witness the dozens of soft-core covers over the years.”
  • Mercury found in lotions and cosmetics – “The ingredient has been found in skin-care products, soaps and cosmetics in stores that tend to cater to Latino, African-American, Asian and Middle Eastern communities.”


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

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  1. March 8, 2012 at 10:53 am —

    Re: Are Women People? – I love the opening bit which sort of parodies Valerie Solanas’ SCUM Manifesto. “I was born with the chromosome abnormality known as “XX,” a deviation of the normative “XY” pattern.” Too funny.

  2. March 8, 2012 at 12:54 pm —

    Soooo, cosmetics cause autism then?

    • March 8, 2012 at 3:49 pm —

      I was going to ask where the article said that.. .but then I got the joke you were making. :)

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