Elyse's Posts

Now Hiring Parents!

Now Hiring Parents!

Skepchick is looking for parents. Not like to fulfill that angry promise we made as kids when we were mad at our own parents. We’re looking for parents who want to blog about parenting. Next month, we will be launching our new parenting sister site, Grounded Parents, and we are looking for contributors. Are you qualified? Maybe. You don’t have to be good at parenting. You just have to be not-much-... »

Joss Whedon hates “feminist”

Joss Whedon hates “feminist”

“I hate ‘feminist.’ Is this a good time to bring that up?” Joss says as he begins his talk at an Equality Now benefit dinner. And people got angry. He explains that he doesn’t hate feminists. And then he goes on to say AMAZING things that made me want to hug him. Joss Whedon hates the word “feminist” but he is one. It’s not perfect. It’s not a ... »

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D.J. Grothe threatening legal action against WTinc

Earlier this year, I reluctantly resigned from my position as the president of Women Thinking, inc (formerly the Women Thinking Free Foundation, an organization focused on science and critical thinking outreach for women and women’s issues) for health and personal reasons. This weekend, and all of yesterday and into today, I’ve been back in touch with the board, offering support and ad... »

How not to respond to a sexual assault story

How not to respond to a sexual assault story

Friday morning, I posted an article about being sexually assaulted, why I didn’t report things to the police and why I did. My goal was to help people see that reporting (and all the other “right things to do when you’ve been/you’re being raped) is a complicated and often flawed concept. My other goal was to start a conversation about what rape “looks like.” Since the article was published, I’ve r... »

When I Didn’t Consent. Why I reported. Why I didn’t.

When I Didn’t Consent. Why I reported. Why I didn’t.

I was raped. I reported it. I was raped. I didn’t report it. I was raped. I reported it but I didn’t press charges. I was raped. I didn’t know what I was supposed to do so I told myself that I wasn’t raped.   But I was. I was raped.   We have these conversations about rape, conversations that always include a question of “Was the rape reported to the police?” Women are taught that when t... »

If you don’t like rape, don’t get raped DUH

If you don’t like rape, don’t get raped DUH

In an amazing act of bravery, Brian Dalton (aka Mr Deity) has made a video that sternly criticizes the community of people on the internet who vocally denounce rape and rapists. In it, he finally says what the rapistists (those who are prejudiced against men for no reason other than their sexual preference for women who are unwilling/unable to consent) need to hear: 1. Rape allegations are JUST FU... »

AI: Welcome White Lady Shoppers!

AI: Welcome White Lady Shoppers!

After George Zimmerman was acquitted of murder, the talk everywhere was focused how different life is when you’re white vs when you’re not white. Because I’m not an asshole, I got that. I understood that. At least in a way that acknowledges this difference. But one thing I kept hearing repeatedly was how people of color get followed in stores. I’ve heard this throughout my ... »

AI: Admitting mental illness

AI: Admitting mental illness

Something I’ve been happy to see around the internet is the number of people coming out and talking about their mental illnesses. It almost seems sometimes like the stigma is over… but it’s not. And sometimes I feel like there’s an even weirder image of mental illness portrayed that at some point, everyone gets depression, they blog about it and take some pills and everythi... »

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