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New Parenting Blog Launched!

New Parenting Blog Launched!

Today the Skepchick Network is proudly unrolling our new skeptical parenting blog, Grounded Parents! (Intro to the new site x-posted from GroundedParents.com) Welcome to Grounded Parents, the Skepchick Network’s new skeptical parenting blog! I’m Elyse Mofo Anders, managing editor and 6 year veteran contributor to our parent site Skepchick, and qualified to be here because somehow someone got the i... »

The Real Reasons I’m Not a Vegan

The Real Reasons I’m Not a Vegan

(Trigger warning for anorexia and diet talk.) Amazing what a little teasing can do. When I was fourteen I had a friend in my Girl Scout troop who was a vegetarian. For months she responded to my affectionate teasing with more rational teasing comebacks for which I had no response (“I didn’t climb my way to the top of the food chain to be a vegetarian!” I’d shout, and she’d respond, “Oh, so you did... »

What if we treated physical disabilities like mental health problems? Well, we do.

What if we treated physical disabilities like mental health problems? Well, we do.

I see a common sentiment echoed in the communities who advocate for better mental health access, understanding, and decreasing of stigma against people with mental health issues: “What if we treated physical disabilities/ailments the way we treat mental health?” For example, this comic. Or this comic. Or this other comic. I’ve seen dozens more, but you get the picture. I absolute... »

Global Quickies 14/12/13

Global Quickies 14/12/13

Hi all! I’m doing Global Quickies for Daniela this week, so hopefully I don’t screw it up too much. I’m glad you took time out from listening to the new Beyoncé album to read this! Egypt It’s snowing in Egypt for the first time in…a long time (some reports are saying 112 years, but that was taken from a single person on twitter and I haven’t been able to find in... »

You Have the Right to Retain Science

You Have the Right to Retain Science

This is a cross post from Teen Skepchick, originally published on May 12, 2012. Today is Human Rights Day, and, while my situation and the relevant global events have changed, the main thrust of the post is still relevant.  I haven’t always been very excited by the skeptic movement. It’s not like I believed in a lot of woo, but I just couldn’t get too worked up about Loch Ness or... »

Global Quickies: 07/12/13

Global Quickies: 07/12/13

This week’s links come with a little bit of everything. Check them out! POLAND A German newspaper reports the case of an atheist coma patient who was given the “extreme unction” by a priest, and, upon recovery and finding out about this, sued the hospital for disrespecting his freedom of conscience. The Supreme Court agreed with him and a lower court will now decide if he’ll get the 21,000 e... »

My Tribute to Nelson Mandela

My Tribute to Nelson Mandela

I’m sure everyone has heard by now, but Nelson Mandela, former South African president, has died at age 95. I lived in South Africa for half a year while studying at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. The program was entirely focused on human rights, and in every single class I took, he was talked about. My South African friends spoke about him with reverence. I mean, his n... »

Global Quickies: 30/11/13

Global Quickies: 30/11/13

Here’s your weekly dose of links from around the world! AUSTRALIA (from Jack99) The Australian Vaccination Network (AVN) lost an appeal against the order to change their name for being misleading. The Fair Trading Minister said the Ministry reserves the right to reject any names they consider inappropriate for this anti-vaccination lobby. MEXICO Mexican observatory pushes the limits of gamma... »

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