Skepchick Quickies 11.27

Happy Turkey Day to the Americans and happy “woohoo another Thursday” to everyone else.

  • Florida gay adoption ban ruled unconstitutional – “A judge on Tuesday ruled that a strict Florida law that blocks gay people from adopting children is unconstitutional, declaring there was no legal or scientific reason for sexual orientation alone to prohibit anyone from adopting.” Italics are mine. Here’s a good reason to be thankful.
  • Taking advantage of desperate people is a happy economy tale? – Day to Day’s coverage of the uptick in people seeking advice from psychics is far from skeptical.  Gabriel Brawley sent this in and suggests, “I think it would be a good thing for as many as are willing to send a short email to the show telling them what they think about this credulous treatment of psychics.”
  • Don’t be that guy – Amanda Marcotte does a great job explaining why men with healthy, mature sexualities stand to benefit from aligning with feminists on the topic of street harassment.
  • Orac on denialism – In response to Matt Nisbet’s appearance on PRI’s The World.
  • Science supersized your turkey – So supersized that they have trouble mating.  Urk.  Also, “Americans eat a pound of sugar every two-and-a-half days. The average amount of sugar consumed by an Englishman in the 1700s was about a pound a year.”


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

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  1. re “Don’t be that guy”. So, if I’m reading this properly, more women will wear less clothes if men looked but not in an obvious way, made no remarks and “come on’s”?

    I’ve thought about it a lot and if I’m honest I can’t see how feminism benifits men. I doubt I’m the only Man who thinks that, although I may be the only man stupid enough to say it.

    In what way could a King be persuaded of the benifits of his Kingdom becoming a Republic?

    I agree with equal pay, abortion rights etc etc, but only from an emotive sense of that which we call “fairness” rather than from a rational standpoint of self-interest. As a man reproductive rights, pay equality and so on have no impact on my life whatsoever EITHER way, yet I still feel I should support these things despite having a rational reason to do so.

    It is peer presure? or Pity? or something else? I’m damned if I know

  2. …Every day, I feel more alone in this, but I am convinced that most women look better in sweaters than in cutoff shorts.

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