activism

How to Fail at Being an Ally

How to Fail at Being an Ally

As I wrote last week, people who do not identify as allies cause undue and often unintentional distress in marginalized groups. Some of them might be indifferent, some might not. Either way, in their case, it’s a simple lack of awareness. Presumably, one would expect more from fellow activists or self-identified allies, right? Wait, do I hear a mass eye-rolling from Internet-land? Indeed, if... »

EVENTS This Week! Rebecca in Oz and NZ, Heina in Canada, 24-Hr Gameathonapalooza & More!

EVENTS This Week! Rebecca in Oz and NZ, Heina in Canada, 24-Hr Gameathonapalooza & More!

It’s almost December, and people are already starting to break out the FSM tree toppers and gather to celebrate the Winter Solstice, Festivus, Krampus, and the coming END OF THE . . . year. Others are staying out of the cold by escaping to the Southern Hemisphere (ahem, Rebecca). She’s claiming that the whole reason is to go to some kind of huge conference for Australian Skeptics in Melbourne, but... »

ICYMI: November 4 – November 10 on the Skepchick Network

ICYMI: November 4 – November 10 on the Skepchick Network

It was a wild weekend at SkeptiCon. But never fear. I have still managed to read and compile some of the Skepchick Network hits from last week. Enjoy. I’m gonna go pass out. »

Aunt Marilyn

Cancer. It Matters. Will You Help?

My Aunt Marilyn died when I was ten. I didn’t know her well—we rarely saw anyone on that side of the family until she started dying of cancer. I think the detachment started when my father changed his last name from the Jewish-associated Gottlieb to Goddard a few years before marrying the whoops-she’s-pregnant non-Jewish immigrant black woman that is my mother. Or maybe it’s beca... »

ICYMI: July 15-July 21 on the Skepchick Network

ICYMI: July 15-July 21 on the Skepchick Network

Good morning! Or afternoon. Or night. Look, I don’t know where you live. I just know that you should really catch up on what went on last week on the Skepchick Network. You won’t be able to keep up on Twitter, otherwise. And we all know that is the pinnacle of human achievement. »

ICYMI: July 8-July 14 on the Skepchick Network

ICYMI: July 8-July 14 on the Skepchick Network

Bonjour! I’m back from CERN where I’ve finished solving all the mysteries of the universe. I would tell you what those secrets are, but the Secret World Government tells me that if I did that I’d have to kill you. So you’ll have to wait as we dole them out over the next 50 years. Stay tuned. It’s gonna be pretty epic. But until then check out these highlights from the... »

Ask Surly Amy: How Can I Help?

Ask Surly Amy: How Can I Help?

Hello Amy! First off: I’m a long time fan of Skepchick and the SGU, you RULE! I work in a natural history museum, as an informal science educator. I see thousands of people, answer questions, explain basic science. When you talk about scientific illiteracy in the US, you get the news from survey data. I see it first hand. Every. Single. Day. I explain that the Earth goes around the Sun, that... »

The Skeptic Next Door: Carrie Poppy

This week I bring you a fascinating discussion with an animal rights activist from my little Los Angeles neighborhood. Carrie Poppy is lovely, insightful, entertaining AND she even shares a kick-ass recipe! This interview has it all. Enjoy! »

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