sexism

ICYMI: Harry Potter, Ms. Marvel, Evolution Debate, and the First Gynecologist

ICYMI: Harry Potter, Ms. Marvel, Evolution Debate, and the First Gynecologist

Teen Skepchick The Physics Philes, lesson 85: Losing My Mechanical Energy Mindy discusses mechanical energy in damped oscillations. Medication: Remember to Ask Questions Olivia knows from personal experience the importance of getting complete information about medications. Hope for the Aftermath of the Creation “Museum” Fundraiser Debate Even though Ken Ham used the evolution debate as... »

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Stop Asking “What Did You Expect?”

Many a non-activist has wondered what can be done at the layperson’s level to help in the quest to make the world a better place. One answer — to raise your everyday, expressed expectations — may sound like a platitude, but it isn’t. It’s not overly idealistic to believe that raising expectations can change at least the part of the world that exists around you. By mak... »

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When Doubt is a Poison

Stories of sexual harassment in the science and skeptic communities are nothing new around here, despite the efforts of far too many people to dismiss them. To understand the impact of these instances on a particular survivor, I recommend that you read carefully a recent essay by my friend and mentor, Pamela Gay, about her own issues with harassment and the “Ripples of Doubt” that they... »

You Can’t Fight the Gender Binary with Transphobia

You Can’t Fight the Gender Binary with Transphobia

A couple of days ago DJ Grothe, president of the James Randi Educational Foundation, posted a transphobic status update on Facebook reading While it is certainly possible this person, who Grothe assumed to be a transsexual, was indeed trying to challenge the gender binary, his post is not. The very idea of passing is derived from gender binary thinking. If his intention was to challenge the gender... »

Why Did Almost All Answers on Quora Make My Head Explode? (Part Last)

Why Did Almost All Answers on Quora Make My Head Explode? (Part Last)

Welcome to the final installment of “WTF is wrong with you, Slate? Why are you posting this crap?” If you haven’t already, you may want to read parts one and two. Let’s get right into the last three paragraphs of Dan’s answer. We (and I’m a passionate gender egalitarian) may want to say it was because of “those prejudiced men who kept women down!” but that’s just a bit too ... »

Breaking News: Saudi Arabia is a Thing

Breaking News: Saudi Arabia is a Thing

No really. It’s a thing. I had no idea. Never mind that I’ve been to Saudi Arabia. That, even though I should have been way too young to understand, I picked up on the fact that my mother was being treated like a piece of meat by Saudi men for daring to expose her face while accompanied only by my younger sister and me (i.e. not a man). That, recently, I refused a free trip to that par... »

PayScale Responds

PayScale Responds

Last month I wrote a take-down of the PayScale study on the gender wage gap. Today PayScale tweeted to me to let me know they posted a response. I don’t want to spend too much time on this because I don’t really think the response adds much I didn’t already write in my last post, but I’ll address a couple points and do encourage you to go read it yourself. I think PayScale fairly summarized ... »

For-Profit Wage Comparison Website Overturns Feminist Dogma. Or Not.

For-Profit Wage Comparison Website Overturns Feminist Dogma. Or Not.

This morning, reader “Max” sent us the following note via the Skepchick Contact Form: http://finance.yahoo.com/blogs/the-exchange/3-myths-working-women-190653888.html Women earn far less than men. On an aggregate basis this is true, but Payscale controlled for a variety of factors and found that the pay gap is far narrower among men and women who have similar levels of experience, work in the same... »

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