Quickies

Skepchick Quickies 10.4

  • The myth of male decline – Includes the shocking revelation that feminism is good for men, too!
  • Eagle Scouts returning our badges – Eagle Scouts is the highest level one can attain in the Boy Scouts. This is a collection of letters from Eagle Scouts returning their badges in protest of the BSA’s homophobia. Some letters mention the BSA’s discrimination against atheists and women, too.
  • Cats against catcalling – A little early for Cute Animal Friday, but this is just irresistibly awesome.
  • Robots ready for firefighting duty – “The technology is supposed to reduce the exposure of human firefighters to extreme fires, the kind with additional complexities such as fuel explosions, chemical leaks, and nuclear meltdowns.” From CriticalDragon1177.

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

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  1. Completely unrelated, but amusing to me.

    I work in a library. A co-worker asked me if I’d heard of the book “Why You’re Not Married Yet”. First suggestion in the catalog? “Demon fish : travels through the hidden world of sharks”

    I have no idea.

  2. So far as I can tell, “The Myth of Male Decline” does not refute, or even address the same issue as, the original “male decline” articles. The latter are about a generation of young men sitting on the couch playing video games instead of going to college or getting jobs. The latter is about not-very-young men who still control most of society’s institutions. Both phenomenon can be real at the same time, though things get interesting as the men in control start to die off.

    1. Really and truly, this is an area where Girl Guides has totally won and Boy Scouts has failed. In Guides there is no insistence on a higher power (the pledge is changeable and each guide if fre to include “my God” in their pledge or not) and no homophobia. That’s not to say that individual leaders may not bring those prejudices to a unit but it’s not Guide policy.

      Perhaps this is a reflection of the way patriarchy still constrains men with “ideals” of masculinity that are more rigid than femininity. Thank you feminism.

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