Quickies: Haunted Islands, Happy Little Trees, and Interviews with Porn Stars

Quickies: Haunted Islands, Happy Little Trees, and Interviews with Porn Stars

Happy Day After Easter! Don’t forget to go out to the store and pick up your half-price egg-shaped candy today, or extra Peeps for peep-jousting! Is It Time For Us To Take Astrology Seriously? – For some reason, the author thinks the answer to this question isn’t “No.” Neil deGrasse Tyson Was Asked Why There Aren’t More Women in Science; His Answer Is Perfect – ... »

Skepchick Sundaylies: Nerd Girls, Bisexuality, Creationism, and Raising a Young Skeptic

Skepchick Sundaylies: Nerd Girls, Bisexuality, Creationism, and Raising a Young Skeptic

Sunday Funny: xkcd explains free speech Teen Skepchick Suspension of Disbelief: Magic Time Elizabeth reviews the 2002 novel by Barbara Hambly. What It Means to be a Woman in Nerd Culture: The Mary Sue Alice explains what bugs her about the Mary Sue trope. Don’t Worry, You’ll Change Your Mind: Making Life Decisions Young Olivia discusses the implicit sexism and ageism in telling a young... »

“Starting a Family”: Misleading and Damaging

“Starting a Family”: Misleading and Damaging

It’s not uncommon for a young couple to mention that they’re looking to “start a family” or for someone who is looking for a spouse to say that part of what they want is to be able to “have a family”. We all know what people mean when they say this: they mean that they want to have kids. As someone who has no interest whatsoever in having children, this phrase implies many things that seem unhelpf... »

Quickies: Feminist princesses, exoplanets, and free speech

Quickies: Feminist princesses, exoplanets, and free speech

Feminist princesses? Fuck yeah! – Elyse’s awesome husband Brian is blogging at More Than Men! In his first post, he examines the Disney princesses. New exoplanet could be Earth’s cousin – Or not! From Criticaldragon1177. A tale of two mothers – Both in Arizona. From Sarah. xkcd on free speech – There really is an xkcd for everything! Cute Animal Friday! From now... »

Bad Chart Thursday: Stand Your Ground

Bad Chart Thursday: Stand Your Ground

By now, I’m sure you’ve all seen the Worst Chart in the Universe, created by Christine Chan of Reuters, depicting the number of gun deaths (or murders?) committed using firearms in Florida, with emphasis on the 2005 enactment of the state’s Stand Your Ground law. Here it is for those who haven’t seen it being snickered across Twitter or in Pharyngula.   On Twitter, Chan defends her inverted y... »

Sex LifeHacks for Parents

Sex LifeHacks for Parents

Recently, on the Grounded Parents backchannel, we got to discussing sex. And how much we have it. How parenting makes sex near impossible… and I happened to drop in, a little concerned that maybe I’m parenting wrong because I have a TON of sex. Average more than once a day… usually at least 2-3 times and sometimes with people who aren’t even my husband. Other bloggers stared at their email, mouths... »

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