Skepchick Quickies 9.4


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

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  1. Even if “The Disappearing Male” had any basis in fact, with a population close enough to 7 billion that you can round up without very many people calling you on it, I can think of a lot of things that are a more likely threat to the survival of the species than a decreasing sex ratio.

  2. Reading the article on exercising making you fat, I wonder if the reporter writing that bothers differentiating between gaining weight and gaining *fat*. Because when you first start exercising after being sedentary, you’re going to *gain* weight, but *lose* fat. Because you’re, y’know, building *muscle* with that exercise.

  3. Hell, Skepotter, I’d rather like a decreasing sex ratio. I gotta look good somehow, since apparently I can’t not exercise my way to hotness. I’ll take looking good compared to someone who doesn’t exist. ;-)

  4. @JOHNEA13: Aha! I think you’re on to something here — The women are conspiring to make men infertile so THEY don’t have to worry about birth control any more, and can simply clone themselves when they want babies.

  5. Heh – I’m about to get my second titanium knee next week. I’ll be doubly good at taking on burglars. [We olde ladees iz tuff!] A mugger once attacked my 89 year old great aunt. She beat him with her cane.

    My son was told by a doctor that, according to “the charts”, he is obese – yet, strangely “has the heart of an athlete”. Yeah, because most of that there tissue is lean muscle tissue developed through physical activity. By the weight charts, half the works-out-a-lot Hollywood heartthrobs are “obese”.

  6. @DominEditrix:
    It seems to me that BMI-base dobesity tests need to be two-staged:

    Stage 1: take off your shirt and look down, can you see your abs? If so, you’re not obese. If not, go to stage 2.

    Stage 2: Check you BMI against the normal metrics.

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