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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’... »

Ask Surly Amy: How To Help Fight Sexism On The Internet

Ask Surly Amy: How To Help Fight Sexism On The Internet

It’s been a while and things have been wild but I’m bringing back my Ask Surly Amy series because I have opinions and advice and I can not contain these feelings any longer. Besides, we get a shit-ton of emails sent in that ask us all kinds of random stuff and Rebecca just files them in the virtual round filing cabinet. How can I sew a unicorn cosplay? Who was the best Survivor contest... »

Ask Surly Amy: Victim Blaming

Ask Surly Amy: Victim Blaming

Dear Surly Amy, At uni today I got into a discussion about victim blaming, and someone did the stock thing of saying ‘If a woman gets so bladdered she can’t think, it’s her fault. Especially if she’s not wearing much’. How can you respond to this and attempt to make some sort of impression? The only other person involved supported him and in an engineering department,... »

Ask Surly Amy: Allergy Shots

Ask Surly Amy: Allergy Shots

Dear Surly Amy, What’s the scoop on allergy shots? The year I spent on the maintenance dose was the sickest I’ve ever been in my life. I just moved to a new state and am pondering whether to start them up again. Are they really the amazing cure-all my allergist seemed to think they were? ~Megan Dear Megan, As you know, I’m not a doctor but I’m still I’m pretty darn su... »

Ask Surly Amy and Elizabeth: Cats, Genetics and Diseases

Ask Surly Amy and Elizabeth: Cats, Genetics and Diseases

Message: Hi guys. I need your help to clarify a question that’s been bugging me for a while now. I’m a crazy cat lady and so is a friend of mine. We meet over coffee to discuss our “babies.” She said her cat – a beautiful Norwegian with probably the lushest coat I ever saw on a cat – was falling ill (urinary tract problems mainly) because it was not a pure breed but had some Maine Coon... »

Ask Surly Amy: What to Do With Books You Don’t Like Anymore

Ask Surly Amy: What to Do With Books You Don’t Like Anymore

Dear Surly Amy, I have a question. Before I became a skeptic, I purchased A LOT of pseudoscientific self help/metaphysical books (a la Chopra, Dyer, Eckhart Tolle, etc.) and now I have them sitting on my bookshelf (a constant reminder of my shameful past!). I don’t know what to do with them now. I feel bad donating them because I do not want to contribute to filling someone else’s head... »

Ask Surly Amy and Dr Steve Novella: Fibromyalgia

Ask Surly Amy and Dr Steve Novella: Fibromyalgia

Hi Amy- Short question here: What is the deal with Fibromyalgia? I have read that its existence is disputed, but is it a real condition and if so, what is it? Thanks- Meagan »

Ask Surly Amy: Normal Sex Life

Ask Surly Amy: Normal Sex Life

Dear Surly Amy, My marriage is kind of hittin d rocks right now. My husband doesn’t like talking about it especially the intimate part. I’d like to know if its normal for men to be romantic only when they want to have sex. I try to get him to play with me but if he is not in the mood for sex, he would stop me. When ever he’s in the mood, he expects me to succumb whether I want it or not. Is this n... »

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