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Reminder: Sex and Skepticism in New York City

Just a reminder that tomorrow, Saturday the 16th, I’ll be giving a talk I think I will call Sex and Skepticism: Where are All the Women? It’s sure to be a great time — I’ll be discussing the apparent lack of women in the skeptical community and what we might be able to do to make it better.

Where: University Settlement, 184 Eldridge St. (at Rivington St., two blocks south of Houston) (map)

When: 1pm, followed by Q&A, followed by food and drinks and merriment at a nearby establishment to be named later

The talk is free and anyone can come. In fact, you don’t even have to live in New York — we have a group coming up from Philly and I’ll be taking the 7am Greyhound from Boston along with Josh and Kerry, both of whom are Skepchick commenters! Anyone else is welcome to join us for the Crack o’ Dawn Cranky Bus.

See you there!

Rebecca Watson

Rebecca is a writer, speaker, YouTube personality, and unrepentant science nerd. In addition to founding and continuing to run Skepchick, she hosts Quiz-o-Tron, a monthly science-themed quiz show and podcast that pits comedians against nerds. There is an asteroid named in her honor. Twitter @rebeccawatson Mastodon Instagram @actuallyrebeccawatson TikTok @actuallyrebeccawatson YouTube @rebeccawatson BlueSky

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  1. Wait…so we want the CHEAPER tickets and not pay for the more expensive ones just because? :-P

    Are you folks planning on returning the same day? Not knowing anyone down there, that'd be my sole recourse really, and it looks like round-trips are $38 (still about $20 cheaper than normal fares). I can always come back tout seul.

  2. Well, I doubt there'll be many women attending there from Texas. They'll be out reveling their newfound freedom to shop for vibrators!


    Enjoy, Lone Star Ladies!

  3. Hmmm. It looks like I will be doing my part to swing the gender balance closer to parity by not showing up — this weekend just isn't the time for me to skip town. Party for me, OK?

  4. Are you folks planning on returning the same day?

    I'm planning on the taking the *red-eye* back at 12:30 am.

  5. I'm trying hard to get over an ear infection. I'll do my best to meet up witht the Phily contingent.

  6. I tried to buy a ticket for the 12:30am bus back but it wouldn't let me. I'll try again . . . but yeah, I was either going to come back on that bus or crash on someone's couch. I usually play these things by ear . . . for sure, though, I'll try to make sure all the out-of-towners are okay and not getting stranded anywhere!

  7. Rebecca, at the Darwin Day festivities, I thought I heard you mention a website where you were able to get a cheaper rate for the tickets, but I can’t remember what that was (or, indeed, if that was what you were talking about). Any clue?

    I may still be joining you all for your Cranky Bus trip, and that’d certainly be a swaying factor

  8. Yay, Expat I hope you do join us on the Cranky Express! The secret is to go through and click the e-tickets button. Then you go through to choose your schedule and it’ll send you to You can then choose whether you want to pay $20 for your ticket or $50. Here’s where it gets tricky: pick $20!

    Sam, sorry you can’t make it. We shall party even harder at TAM6 in June! Kisses.

  9. I didn't bother pre-purchasing my return ticket. The last time, I didn't seem to have any problems just walking up to the ticket counter at Port Authority and getting a seat for the next one out of town. YMMV, I guess?

  10. Hmm. Well, I'm still being all indecisive and what-have-you about this. That's sort of my thing, as it were.

    However, I think I'm gonna come along and just duck out a bit earlier. If I don't flip-flop again, I'll see some of y'all tomorrow.

  11. I STILL can't walk straight. Everything is spinning, and I haven't even had the pleasure of drinking first.

    I may miss out. I can't ride in a car for two hours vomiting all the way.

    Dammit. :(

  12. I STILL can’t walk straight. Everything is spinning, and I haven’t even had the pleasure of drinking first.

    Just dilute the hell out of a martini, and shake the bejesus out of it, and like should cure like, right? Too lazy to look up the *real* homeopathic script for your ailment, but I'm sure it would behilarious.

  13. hey folks, cool meeting everyone at the talk and great to socialize afterwards.

    (this is written whilst still tipsy from the activities following the talk)

    I can't really walk straight either — thankfully not from an ear infection!

  14. T'was a good time. Rebecca's talk was very well done and well received. Our group may NOT have been particularly welcome at the restaurant after the talk, but ya can't please everyone, can you?

    I am kind of glad that I (along with Kerry) ducked out a bit early and took the 7:00 bus back to Boston. I don't think I could have handled getting in at 4:30 in the morning. I hope the festivities thereafter went well.

  15. Well done Ms. Watson. Plus, a great group of people, and a free mini-tour of a block of the lower east side! Cheers.

  16. Yeah, I was super-impressed by the talk, even if the discoveries were a little depressing. Fortunately, Rebecca also provided a really clear and positive message about what to do going forward.

    Rebecca, a suggestion if you present a similar talk in the future (which I really hope you do, as I personally found it very eye-opening), based on a stairwell encounter with one of my neighbours. I know you’re slightly hamstrung by relying on published polls conducted by Gallup, Pew, etc., but it might be interesting to look at age demographics in addition to the gender divide. I.e., I wonder if there could be more parity of crap-belief between the sexes in younger cohorts. I wonder whether feminism-motivated efforts to increase educational opportunities for young women have been having an effect on their skepticism. (I’m pretty confident they will have done so, but the real question is whether traditional bias against educating women explains the entire “skepticism gap” or only accounts for part of it.)

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