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Quickies

Quickies: Gender Bias in Textbooks, Empowered vs. Sexually Objectified, and Public Shaming

Italian Astronaut Wears Star Trek Uniform Aboard International Space Station – “On Friday, Cristoforetti, 37, Tweeted a photo of herself wearing not just any Star Trek uniform but one from …

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Quickies

Quickies: Scientology Spies, the School-to-Prison Pipeline, and Inspiring Women

Report: Scientology spy pretending to be a Time reporter tries to interview Paul Haggis – “When Haggis’ staff began to research Webber, it became apparent that there was no Time …

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Quickies

Quickies: Trash Food and the Language of Classism, Childfree People, and Checking the Wrong Privilege

Australia’s LGBT-Only Island – “Marriage equality discrimination led a group of Australian activists to set their rainbow flag on Cato Island. This ‘homeland’ even has a Gloria Gaynor anthem.” Trash …

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Book Club

Skepchick Book Club: Banished: Surviving My Years in the Westboro Baptist Church

Welcome back to the Skepchick Book Club! This month, we read Banished: Surviving My Years in the Westboro Baptist Church by Lauren Drain, whose father is currently the head of the …

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Quickies

Quickies: Creationists and Aliens, Asexual and Intersex TV Characters, and Bill Maher’s Understanding of Vaccines

Modcloth Spotlights Transgender Comedian Rye Silverman – “When asked to name one thing that people should know about the trans community, or about her experiences as a trans-identified person, and …

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Religion

Cross-Post: Star Trek and Humanism – The Novels Part One

Editor’s Note: This cross-post originally appeared at Grounded Parents and is written by Lou Doench. ***** At last month’s panel on The Humanism of Star Trek at the Chi-Fi convention, moderated …

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Quickies

Quickies: Toni Morrison, White America’s Silence on Police Brutality, and Synesthesia

The Radical Vision of Toni Morrison – ” ‘What I’m interested in is writing without the gaze, without the white gaze,’ she told me. ‘In so many earlier books by …

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Quickies

Quickies: NASA Deals with Bugs, Innovations in Dairy-Free Cheese, and Food Babe is Ridiculous

The “Food Babe” Blogger Is Full of Shit – “Hari’s superhero origin story is that she came down with appendicitis and didn’t accept the explanation that appendicitis just happens sometimes. …

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