Politics

This is What Threats to Free Speech Actually Look Like

Twitter’s recent permanent ban of professional troll Milo Yiannopoulos and his followers’ indignant cries of censorship are the most recent (and highest-profile) example of a phenomenon that has existed for years …

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Feminism

Racist Algorithms, Crime, and the Ethical Use of Data Prediction

ProPublica came out with an excellent piece this week by Julia Angwin, Jeff Larson, Surya Mattu and Lauren Kircher looking at the algorithms used by the US justice system to …

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FeaturedSkepticism

Your Phrase Is Problematic

I’ve got bad news for you. That celebrity whose style you adore? Said something super shitty. That politician whose quotes you will never not share on social media? Voted for …

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Meta Stuff

Skepchick Sundaylies! with the NPR Masculinity Police, Parenting Kids of a Certain Age, and a Plea to Stop Exorcising Ted Cruz

Sunday Funny: Stargazing (via xkcd) Teen Skepchick Exorcisms and Agency Even Ted Cruz doesn’t deserve an exorcism. Mad Art Lab Why Are There NPR Music Reporters Who Need to Police …

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ActivismFeaturedFeminism

You Must Be Fun At Parties: The Myth of the SJW Party Pooper

Now that all the hooplah over shitty Halloween costumes and the right to be an offensive dickwad has started to die down (for this year at least), I think it’s …

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Activism

Not All Cops.

Yesterday a grand jury decided that the only person indicted in the killing of Eric Garner, an unarmed Black man choked to death in broad daylight in New York City, …

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Religion

The Silencing of Richard Dawkins

EDIT: The original introduction to this post contrasted Dawkins’s feelings of being “silenced” with the Transgender Day of Remembrance, which occurred at the same time that I wrote the piece. …

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Skepticism

“First World Problems” versus Checking Your Blind Spots

I’ve written a few posts in recent months for which I received the common logical fallacy response that we at the Skepchick Network not-so-fondly refer to as “Dear Muslima.” It …

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