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Bad Chart Thursday: Pie Charts for Ladies

Bad Chart Thursday: Pie Charts for Ladies

Hey, ladies. Are you tired of men using complicated charts and graphs to convey their brilliant man brain thoughts deliberately so that women won’t understand them? Because everyone knows women “need our male colleagues to understand that if you can bring it down to a woman’s level and what everything that she is balancing in her life — that’s the way to go,” as US Congresswoman Renee Ellmers expl... »

Disappointed Feminists

Disappointed Feminists

I still consider myself relatively new to feminism. At least, I’ve only in the last few years begun to realize that I am one. And I’m finding out, sadly, that it involves a whole lot of disappointment. I get disappointed by the news when there’s been yet another attack on a woman’s right over her own body. I get disappointed when yet another woman in the spotlight eschews t... »

Your new feel good summer jam

Your new feel good summer jam

Yeah it’s pretty clear, I ain’t no size two But I can shake it, shake it like I’m supposed to do …. Come on now, make it stop If you got beauty beauty just raise ‘em up ‘Cause every inch of you is perfect From the bottom to the top Those are just some of the lyrics from Meghan Trainor‘s ‘All About That Bass’.  Trainor’s song isn’t t... »

I Heart Physics

I Heart Physics

Do you have any idea what I’m doing right now? I’m sitting here in the physics study room my university – in the middle of June – writing this post. Before that I was reading ahead in my general physics textbook. Tomorrow? Tomorrow I start teaching myself multiple integration. I’m not in summer school. I’m just doing these things because I want to. I’m alw... »

Infographic showing the increasing prevalence of Pica Disorder

Bad Chart Thursday: Useful Tips for Making a Bad Infographic

Today, over at Skepchick HQ, we got a special message from reader Ali that is definitely not spam: We’re trying to get the word out about a new eating disorder that is on the rise called pica. Pica is an addiction to eating things that aren’t food. I wanted to pass along this link to the infographic we just published about it! -http://www.clarityway.com/blog/pica-eating-disorder-infographic/... »

Modern Penguin Family!

Modern Penguin Family!

This cute story came across my Facebook feed this morning. I couldn’t resist sharing it! Bergen Aquarium in Norway reported yesterday on Facebook that a same-sex penguin couple had adopted an egg from another penguin couple. The other couple had three eggs, which is a little too many for them to handle. To improve the chances of it hatching the keepers gave one of the eggs to another couple ... »

Bad Chart Thursday: “Gangnam Style” Video Slightly Delays Doomsday

Bad Chart Thursday: “Gangnam Style” Video Slightly Delays Doomsday

Tuesday’s daily chart over at The Economist demonstrates the horrible price we pay globally by collectively watching “Gangnam Style” more than 2 billion times on YouTube. Assuming that each click meant that the viewer watched the full length of the video, the authors calculate that we have spent a total of 140 million “man” hours globally watching Korean pop star PSY&... »

Ask Surly Amy: How To Fix a Sexist Boyfriend

Ask Surly Amy: How To Fix a Sexist Boyfriend

We get email: Hello, I was wondering if you could help me out with an issue I’m having with my partner. I’m starting to notice more and more how sexist and misogynistic he is, presumably as he becomes more comfortable I’m seeing the real him. I think its mainly a case of education and up bringing as he went to an all boys school and that he doesn’t understand what he’... »

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