Skepchick Quickies 2.14

Happy Valentine’s Day! I don’t celebrate it myself but I do celebrate tomorrow: Discount Candy Day. There has been such a glut of Valentine’s and nookie-related posts that I’m just going to share them all with you.


Amanda works in healthcare, is a loudmouthed feminist, and proud supporter of the Oxford comma.

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  1. Alas I can't eat chocolate candy anymore without getting heartburn. So I'll have to pass on discount candy day. Some of those links are tantalizing though!

    Damn, if I keep dropping hints about how old I'm getting, I'm afraid you all will decide I don't qualify as a skep"chick"….

  2. Ha! I love Discount Candy Day, except I call it Cheap Chocolate Day, myself. I've been hyping it all week :) To think, just because chocolates come in a fancy heart-shaped box rather than a rectangular one, they cost significantly less! The JOY…

    Also, I dispute that men can't get off on thought alone…not that I'm going to go into any detail about that. I'll merely state that I can neither confirm NOR deny that the story about T Rex phalluses is the cause for my disputation.

  3. Is anyone else curious about the "homemade semen recipe" mentioned in the Slate article? Anyone? Just me? Okay then.

  4. For your daily dose of wrong, try this bit from the toys-in-Texas story:

    The state also argued in a brief that Texas has legitimate "morality based" reasons for the laws, which include "discouraging prurient interests in autonomous sex and the pursuit of sexual gratification unrelated to procreation."

    Yessir, sex is sin unless it leads to new li'l Christian soldiers.

  5. I saw three documentaries back-to-back on National Geographic yesterday. All about sex in the animal kingdom.

    One of the most interesting tidbits:

    Monogamy is one of the weirdest sexual strategies around. Less than half a dozen species actually take that route (and no, humans aren't one of them). For those that do, one example takes the form of "lock the female up in the house until the kids are old enough to fend for themselves". I suppose this is what the fundies are really after huh?

    Some interesting sexual habits though. And I learned somm surprising new tidbits. Did you know there's even a species of lizards that done away with men entirely? Girls only. Go figure …

  6. A ctually, Exarch, humans use both strategies– monogamy AND promiscuity. Both are extremely useful in their own circumstances. And which one YOU may be mostly depends on how much vasopresin you have in your system.

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