Skepchick Quickies, 1.30

  • A Secular Age – A wonderful review of the book A Secular Age, which studies the roots of secular thinking over the past 500 years.
  • Why I’m Right about Tom Cruise – Checking in with the author who’s lately been bothering a lot of Scientologists.
  • Fighting the Stigma of Fistula – Incontinence as a result of childbirth – fistula – strikes many Sudanese women, and the prevailing view that it is a “disease from God” leads to their community ostracizing them. Some husbands, however, are now standing by their wives and seeking medical treatment.
  • The Jesus Potato – Makes the best potato salad ever.


Jen is a writer and web designer/developer in Columbus, Ohio. She spends too much time on Twitter at @antiheroine.

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  1. Great links!

    It's heartening to read the "Fighting the Stigma of Fistula" article. I'd previously heard of the social stigma attached to women afflicted with them, so it's good to see there may be progress.

  2. The comments in the Huffington Post article ("Why I’m Right about Tom Cruise") are a little disturbing. It seems like all this Scientology publicity may just be recruiting more people.

  3. I love how the person in the potato story didn't want to do something so she prayed to God to give her a sign not to have to. That sounds like sin to me.

  4. Reminds me of the old joke–

    "I throw my offering money up in the air; Whatever God wants, he keeps!"

  5. So long's it's not "Mamma Cass."

    As to the differences between U.S. and U.K. English, I'm rather more inclined to believe that the American article is just gibberish.

    I've always been jealous that even rags like the Sun or the Mail STILL have better quality writing overall than the New York Times or the Philadelphia Inquirer.

  6. Re: the potato article. Is it my British standards of English, or is the article largely unintelligible?

    Ooh, quick note…you forgot to make the link open in a new window! Run, here comes Mama Boss!

    I wonder how much trouble I’m in for calling Rebecca ‘Mama Boss’…

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