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Insults, Slurs, and Stupidity

Insults, Slurs, and Stupidity

Content note! This post will contain slurs relating to ethnicity, gender, and mental disabilities. There is currently a, er, lively discussion happening in the comments of Surly Amy and Elyse’s DDoS Valentine post over the use of words like “stupid” and “idiot” to describe people who are ignorant. A few commenters are arguing that those words are triggering for people... »

I love Science at SkepchickCon

I love Science at SkepchickCon

I love science and you can help others fall in love too! If you just want to donate or “add your name to the hat” scroll past all the words to the photos of the colorful I Love Science hearts! I love science. I mean it, I really do. Science teaches us about our place in the universe. Science helps us understand what medicine might help us and what might harm. Science teaches us about e... »

Operation Flawless: Selfies against Big Beauty

Operation Flawless: Selfies against Big Beauty

Originally posted at Mad Art Lab In case you’ve forgotten, a couple of months ago, Erin Gloria Ryan of Jezebel wrote a ridiculous article declaring selfies to be a “cry for help” and the ultimate anti-feminist act. Our own Surly Amy responded, schooling Ryan on the importance of self-portraits throughout history. Selfies give us the power to control the way the world sees us. We show ourselves at ... »

Stop Calling Macklemore “Brave.”

Stop Calling Macklemore “Brave.”

A few days ago, Macklemore took home four Grammys (for New Artist, Rap Performance, Rap Song for “Thrift Shop,” and and Rap Album for The Heist). After the ceremony, Macklemore posted a picture to his Instagram of a text message he sent to Kendrick Lamar, who he beat out for best rap album, where he says, “You got robbed. I wanted you to win.” He goes on to say that he want... »

Being the Wet Blanket

Being the Wet Blanket

Feminists are often accused of having no sense of humor, of having a stick up their asses, or of being curmudgeons. And I’m going to be honest: many times I feel like I am the wet blanket. I can’t enjoy many of the movies and TV shows that I used to because I notice how screwed up they are, I feel uncomfortable around many people because of the ways in which they joke or the words that they throw ... »

Global Quickies: 28/12/13

Global Quickies: 28/12/13

It’s Massacre of the Innocents Day, when millions of Catholics in Spanish-speaking countries think the appropriate way to celebrate toddlers being murdered is with pranks. UNITED ARAB EMIRATES The Norwegian woman sentenced to prison for “illicit sex” after she reported a colleague raped her, has been pardoned and freed. Her rapist was also freed since a rape conviction requires either a confession... »

What No One Tells You When You Get Diagnosed

What No One Tells You When You Get Diagnosed

I wrote a post a year ago about being disabled, and recently saw a post on the “Chronically Invisible” Tumblr that really resonated with me. I wanted to write this to reflect my experiences after having been diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease. Some of my experiences may resonate with people who have any kind of chronic condition, others may resonate with people with Crohn’s, an... »

Anhedonia 101

Anhedonia 101

The skeptical movement is not so hot at dealing with mental illness, and not so hot at education about mental illness. Because of that, I’m going to spend some time talking about elements of mental illness that require a bit more exploration than “it’s a chemical imbalance!!!” One of the more common symptoms of depression is what is known in psychology circles as “anhedonia... »

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