Skepchick Quickies 6.29

Skepchick Quickies 6.29
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Amanda is a science grad student in Boston whose favorite pastimes are having friendly debates and running amok.


  1. Avatar of ihatemusic

    Ayy, why do I keep breaking my “no comment reading” rule? The feminism tumblr is great but comments are heartbreaking :(

    And the rain/yoga one is so angering. Also because yoga is awesome when you don’t have nutjobs teaching it. Same goes for Tai Chai and similar sports.

    • Avatar of nikoel

      Ugh, I just randomly clicked on the comments for the “slut” one after reading your comment and *sadface*.

  2. Avatar of mrmisconception

    I NEED FEMINISM because my wife still uses terms like “slut” and “whore” and “bitch” and if I don’t show my daughter a better way who will?

    • Avatar of Buzz Parsec

      I think we need some new words.

      1) “slut” Someone who has more fun than you do. New word: “Chupacabra

      2) “whore” def: Someone who will do anything for money. New word: “Inhofe”

      3) “bitch” def: Someone who complains about how every little thing and how it affects them. New word: “MRA”

  3. Avatar of scribe999

    Nice closing on the prayer story:

    “I don’t share their need to call on a higher power, especially if that higher power is also presumably responsible for the fire in the first place.”

    Instead, Donahue says, it’s more important to keep your mind focused, and prayer is an unnecessary and potentially fatal distraction.

    “Get up, go out and start doing something to help that is both effective and needed,” he says. “A person who lost their home is not comforted by your prayers. In fact, it may seem downright insulting. But a warm blanket and some food might help.”

    • Avatar of Buzz Parsec

      And amazingly, most of the comments are pretty good! :-)

      The first person mentioned they believed in intention. Last year at NECSS, I met a guy at Drinking Skeptically who had a small, obviously home-made doll, which turned out to be a friend of his attending by proxy. We got to talking about the difference between voodoo and acupuncture by proxy. We decided it was “intention.”

  4. Avatar of Louis Doench

    My wife is the primary breadwinner. She doesn’t do close to most of the housework. Only the parts that require folding, because I suck at folding. Besides, housework would interfere with her hobby of building things out of WOOD!

  5. Avatar of Grand Lunar

    I need feminism because I need to listen to rational minded women, instead of women that look toward the bible for model behavior.

    Incidently, the “About” section there mentions a conception that (sad to say) I still have regarding feminists; that they hate men.

    It’s a feeling I try to shake off, but it sometimes it returns, like the “monster from the Id”.

    • Avatar of Amanda

      I know anecdotes aren’t data, but in all my time of being a mouthy feminist (all my life) I’ve only met one man-hating feminist. And she changed her mind.

      • Avatar of Grand Lunar

        That’s actually good to hear (okay, read!).

        Even brings on a sense of relief (don’t know why).

  6. Avatar of Biodork

    Wow – thanks for the mention!

    • Avatar of Amanda

      Thanks for writing such a great post! I especially liked the price comparisons, that really sinks the whole idea that it’s just harmless labeling.

  7. Avatar of OurSally

    “nature’s calmer balance”

    Maybe nature’s calmer balance for Colorado is a burnt-out ruin? Just asking.

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