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ICYMI: Frances Allen, Rooster Talkin’, Marriage Traditions, Rape Media, and “Intellectual Snobbery”

ICYMI: Frances Allen, Rooster Talkin’, Marriage Traditions, Rape Media, and “Intellectual Snobbery”

Teen Skepchick Fair Lady of Computer Science Who Kicks Ass For Women’s History Month, Elisheba gushes about Frances Allen. The Sexualization of YA Fiction Olivia argues that young adult fiction, especially with a female protagonist, focuses too much on a narrow array of relationships and a limited view of sexuality. Poetry and Gender What is gender’s place in feminism? Mad Art Lab Caro... »

ICYMI: October 13 – October 19 on the Skepchick Network

ICYMI: October 13 – October 19 on the Skepchick Network

Teen Skepchick The Physics Philes, lesson 69: Hooke’s Law, Line, and Sinker Mindy explains Hooke’s law and how it relates to stresses and strains. 17-Year-Old Made to Receive Blood Transfusions Lux argues that just because someone is a minor doesn’t mean you can discount their decision-making abilities. Speak Your Mind: Recognize Women in STEM Who are the awesome science ladies w... »

I Stand With Wendy

I Stand With Wendy

Update (6/26/13 2:25 PST): Well, would you look at that! Governor Perry is just going to do it all again. Great. Gov. Rick Perry is calling lawmakers back immediately for another special session to deal with abortion issues, and also to consider transportation funding and new sentencing guidelines for 17-year-olds convicted of capital crimes. Unlike the last 30-day special session, Perry is not wa... »

Cross Post: Science Education – An Endangered Species?

Cross Post: Science Education – An Endangered Species?

This post was originally posted on School of Doubt on 1 May 2013. I can’t even begin to wrap my brain around the attacks on science and science education that have been dog-piling on since the sequester began. It is as if everyone has just lost it all at once. What’s going on? Phil Plait does a nice job of detailing the latest attacks on science in Congress as well as the proposed R... »

Sequester? I Hardly Knew Her!

Sequester? I Hardly Knew Her!

As probably the only person on the planet that thinks government budgets are interesting, watching the last couple months of budget negotiations in the US Federal government have been really fascinating, extremely frustrating, and super terrifying. Even worse, every time I go on facebook or twitter I see a multitude of myths and misunderstandings regarding the Sequester negotiations being passed a... »

Is There a Liberal War on Science?

Is There a Liberal War on Science?

If so, Michael Shermer hasn’t made a very good case for it. Today, via io9, I stumbled across an article by Shermer in Scientific American called “The Liberals’ War on Science,” in which he argues that liberals are no better (or not much better) than conservatives when it comes to science denial. This may be my bleeding heart liberal bias speaking, but it’s not terrib... »

Various Ants

Great Idea, Wrong Species

The best pithy response about Marxism comes from E. O. Wilson, the entomologist, who responded to a question about that system with “great idea, wrong species”. I would say that Libertarianism, certainly in its current American manifestation, also falls into that category. Wilson’s point is that to a more eusocial animal, say ants, Marxism would be workable and would make great s... »

AI: American Politics

AI: American Politics

Today is the last day to register to vote here in Texas, so I’m heading off to the post office… because we’re also backwards here and don’t believe in internet. And instead of hating myself for putting this off until the last minute, I hate Texas for making me put it off. But anyway… there’s an election here in the US. And it’s important because this year ... »

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