Skepchick Quickies 2.19


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

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  1. Just don't read the forum thread on that xkcd comic… it devolved into people whining "but girls EVOLVED to be bad at math! Men used to hunt, so they evolved problem solving skills, while the women were just raising passels of kids – which, as everyone knows, is a completely problem-free task! And the math skills gene is found on the Y chromosome anyway, so there's no chance that daughters could inherit their dad's abilities! See, DARWIN PROVES IT!!!1!1! And just because I think men are inherently better than women doesn't mean I'm sexist!"

    Ok, ok, I'm exaggerating, but I swear, that's what I felt like I was reading.

  2. Dang! Sorry, hit Submit too fast.

    I was intrigued by the comment of one of the women, "It's something that I chose to accept about my religion." I can respect that, since it sounds like she actually thought about it a little — granted, she says in the next clip that it was mandatory so you never thought about it, but several of that gal's comments made me think this was something she had chosen for herself with at least some degree of consciousness. Again … I'd like to know if it was scripted, because that would pretty seriously detract from her comments.

    I also was tickled by the chain-smoking convert, but I had to wonder about her "instant need to cover herself up" — fig leaf, anyone?

  3. FSM bless Charles Barkley!

    I don't live in the US, I have no idea who he is (apart from the blurb about him being an analyst former basketballer), but damn, he's good.

    "Fake Christian" is a good meme. I'm going to drop that in conversation.

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