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Quickies

Quickies: 4Channers fail to scam feminists, avoiding social science fraud, and Scientology’s personality test

4Channers attempt to scam feminists with “FemCon2015,” fail miserably – “After screenshots of 4chan’s /b/ message board and a related chat room began circulating, FemCon’s day-old Twitter account and Sellfy …

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Skepticism

Quickies: Academia needs emotional women, father sues to keep adult daughters from getting birth control, and a fossil four legged snake

Why academia needs emotional, passionate women – “There is the beginning of a passionate, emotional rebellion in the academic world. Researchers are starting to realise that allowing your emotions and …

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Skepticism

Quickies: On being a fat bride, black female athletes, and how Orphan Black writes women

My wedding was perfect, and I was fat as hell the whole time – “There’s an awkward three-way tension between wedding culture and feminism and fat acceptance – because of …

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Skepticism

Quickies: Ta-Nehisi Coates, kale isn’t bad for you, and the scams of a collector of optical illusions

The hard truths of Ta-Nehisi Coates – “Coates is not a Christian. The heavy force in Between the World and Me — what makes it both unique and bleak — …

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Quickies: Curing genetic diseases, are trolls winning, and the effect of human noise on whale songs

Can we cure genetic diseases without slipping into eugenics? – “George Q. Daley, of Boston Children’s Hospital, said that CRISPR raises the fundamental issue of whether we are willing to …

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Quickies: Women’s sports aren’t boring, whiteness goggles, and librarian saves LGBT kids books from being banned

There’s nothing boring about women’s sports – “One of the most maddening effects of patriarchy and misogyny in sports is that many women athletes need a tireless, almost evangelical backing …

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Quickies: Is kissing universal, middle schoolers on race and privilege, and what families of the future may be

Is kissing a universal sexual and romantic behavior among humans? – “Kissing appeared to vary across cultural areas, with reports of “not present” occurring more commonly in cultures from Central …

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Quickies: Satanists fighting for abortion rights, Rihanna’s new video and white feminism, and NZ’s new anti-troll law

Why Satanists are fighting America’s restrictive abortion laws – “The seemingly unusual alliance between Satanism and abortion rights activism becomes far more plausible when you consider the Temple’s central tenets: …

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