Random Asides

Hi, I’m Sarah!

Hi! I’m new around here. For those of you who didn’t read my disability column that Elyse posted for me, or haven’t hung out on twitter enough to see my various observations/complaints/arguments with MRA’s, I’m Sarah. As a new person, I figured I should just pull a Buzzfeed & write a list of Reasons Why I’m Interesting or Best Reasons To Read Shit I Write, something like that, so here goes (the heavier articles will come later, I promise)!

1) I grew up in Milwaukee, WI, then went to college in a really small town in Iowa, and now live in Columbus, OH. Despite my best attempts, I still haven’t made it out of the Midwest. Looks like I’m stuck here for a while.

2) Beyonce is my queen. Really. I really, really like Beyonce. Trust me, the day she cut her hair was basically my Christmas. I like Beyonce so much I once dressed up as her & danced onstage with a friend for a contest in college (weirdly enough, I didn’t have to use blackface for people to understand I was dressing up as her!). Even more fun fact about it: we won the contest & a few months later met Lady Gaga & told her about it. I’ll save that story for another time, though. :)

3) I’ve only been a progressive person for a few years now. It’s weird to remember things I said/wrote/thought just a few years ago, because they are so dichotomously different from what I think now. Obviously, I’m still growing & changing as a person, so maybe in a few months or years I’ll look back on this & go “wtf was I thinking?”

3) When I was in college, I studied abroad in Johannesburg, South Africa. I went on a program specifically to study human rights, and my classes focused a lot on gender issues. I got smacked down (repeatedly) by my teachers, who were amazing African feminists. I’m humbled and appreciative of their lessons. South Africa is also an amazing place, and also where I got to meet the cute little lion (his name is Solo) in the picture (you can see the full version of that picture here).

5) I’m vegan as fuck. If you make an “lol but bacon!” joke, you are unoriginal, unfunny, and also I hate you. I’m sure I’ll talk about veganism (a LOT), so hopefully you’re looking forward to me “shoving my lifestyle down your throat.” You know, by writing articles on the internet about it. Like a true Nazi or Stasi agent or whatever I am now by becoming a Skepchick.

6) I’ve got Crohn’s disease (as I mentioned in a previous Skepchick post, before I was OFFICIALLY a Skepchick), so you’ll also be hearing a lot about skepticism and the medical industry and disability stuff. If you’re interested, I was on a panel at Women in Secularism 2 about “Faith-based Pseudoscience” where I touched on some of these issues.

7) I like video games? That’s a fact about me, I guess. I was into gaming a lot more when I was younger but the constant sexual harassment I got whenever I went to events (or the accusations that I was a “fake geek girl”) took some of the glamour away from gaming. I’ve gotten back into it more now that I’ve found better communities. The games I play mainly right now are Final Fantasy XIV and Civ V. I was also really into the Metal Gear Solid series, although I think it’s kind of jumped the shark with recent editions (seriously, can nanomachines do EVERYTHING?).

8) I have a degree in Communication Studies & Psychology. I have nothing funny or punchy to add to that information, just figured it was relevant.

9) I have a partner who I think is a pretty cool person. I wrote about us getting engaged, if you’re interested in the story. We got married on Groundhog’s Day, the most important holiday of the year.

10) I have a Deathly Hallows tattoo because I’m a grown ass adult, and that means I can get a symbol from a children’s fiction series permanently inked onto my skin (it’s from Harry Potter, in case you’re one of the five people in the world who hasn’t read the series).

Alright, well, there you have it. Weird information about me! I’ve got some interesting posts percolating in my brain that I’m excited to share, and of course I’m looking forward to all the obsessive vitriol that will soon be directed at me for daring to associate myself with Rebecca Watson & the rest of the Skepchicks. Got any questions for me? :)



Sarah is a feminist, atheist vegan with Crohn’s Disease, and she won’t shut up about any of those things. You really need to follow her on Twitter (and probably Google+, just to be safe).

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  1. August 24, 2013 at 2:36 pm —

    Hooray Sarah! Hooray Skepchick!

  2. August 24, 2013 at 2:47 pm —

    Hi, Sarah!

  3. August 24, 2013 at 2:50 pm —

    “Got any questions for me? :)”

    Why do you hate free speech?

  4. August 24, 2013 at 2:54 pm —

    Hi, Sarah. Welcome to Skepchick. I see by your picture that you’re being eaten by a lion. I hope you managed to survive that. ;)

  5. August 24, 2013 at 2:57 pm —

    Welcome to the team!

  6. August 24, 2013 at 2:57 pm —

    What are you doing about the position of women in Saudi Arabia?

    • August 24, 2013 at 4:24 pm —

      I think the real question is, what am I doing to fight white-on-white crime?

  7. August 24, 2013 at 3:55 pm —

    Well, it’s about time Skepchick brought a member of the Illuminati on board!!!

    One of my favorite people ever has joined the worlds greatest blog network. How cool is that!?

  8. August 24, 2013 at 4:09 pm —

    Yayyyy, another awesome feminist vegan! I have a Charmander tattoo, so I guess that makes me a grown-ass adult too?

    Welcome on board, I’m glad you’re here! :)

  9. August 24, 2013 at 4:16 pm —

    Great to see and read you here, Sarah. Welcome!!

  10. August 24, 2013 at 4:21 pm —


  11. August 24, 2013 at 4:34 pm —

    Heh I escaped a really small Iowa town, too! Congratulations. xD

    • August 24, 2013 at 4:45 pm —

      I’m glad to hear you escaped! I went to school in Pella, so it was pretty bad. Where did you live, if you don’t mind my asking?

      • August 25, 2013 at 7:31 pm —

        Sioux County, the Pella of the other side of Iowa. I still live in Iowa but now it’s Des Moines.

  12. August 24, 2013 at 4:50 pm —

    Welcome to the headquarters of Feminists-Who-Want-To-Destroy-Skepticism, WorldWide, LLC. Your key to the supersecret ManHaterz Bathroom is under the mat. Please refold the fluffy guest towels after you wash your hands.

    Just read the link to your proposal story. Laughed out loud. You two are adorable!

  13. August 24, 2013 at 6:39 pm —

    Yay Sarah! I am such a fan of yours since you brainwas– I mean convinced that guy at TAM last year to listen to the feminist perspective and we were chatting with him at the Del Mar.

  14. August 25, 2013 at 12:30 am —

    Hey Sarah, I am looking forward to your contributions here as much as I appreciate your contributions on multiple venues in the past.

  15. August 25, 2013 at 12:57 am —

    I’m sure you’ll be a good fit here. Mostly because I had no idea you weren’t already here. Really, it was a tremendous shock to find that out. I’m reading the bio and I’m all like “She sounds an awful lot like @mowgli3, I’ll probably have a tough time remembering who’s who…”

  16. August 25, 2013 at 3:57 pm —

    Well. I don’t know if I want to read any more about veganism, but I’m happy to meet anyone who ticks off the MRAs so much.

  17. August 25, 2013 at 5:38 pm —

    Yay! Welcome! Glad to have another vegan on board. =D

  18. August 26, 2013 at 10:21 am —

    #1, she knows to put the extra comma after city and state. I’m an instant fan.

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