Skepchick Quickies 2.14

Happy Valentine’s Day to all you sexy, sexy readers. Jen wanted to bring you a lovely bouquet of Quickies this morning, but she’s busy genetically altering roses to phosphoresce when you plug them into a USB port. Let’s get down to business, shall we? THE BUSINESS OF LOVE.

That should have a little something for everybody. Happy VD!

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 mstdn.social/@rebeccawatson Instagram @actuallyrebeccawatson TikTok @actuallyrebeccawatson YouTube @rebeccawatson BlueSky @rebeccawatson.bsky.social

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  1. Happy Venereal Disease Day! Sorry, that’s what I read when I saw VD. I’m a product of the early 80’s.

    Yes, I’m a new poster – perhaps not a very good introduction, as it happens…

  2. I think it’s really cool that New Egg changed up their Vday gift guide. A few commenters here wrote directly to them, no? Good on ya!

    Also, in honor of Valentine’s Day (not really), I’m changing to my real name here. Not that it’s ever been a secret. Been meaning to do it for a while now.

    EDIT: Heh! Comment in moderation.

  3. but she’s busy genetically altering roses to phosphoresce when you plug them into a USB port

    Now all I can think of is the phesphorescing garden on the roof in Better Off Ted, man I miss that show.

  4. I was one of those who complained to NewEgg, and got a very generic response letter, so I hadn’t seen that they changed it. It is a bit better to make the girl the “geek” and the guy the “cutie,” I suppose, but only a bit. It’s still heteronormative, and I just don’t see why they couldn’t have been gender neutral. The copy would be easy enough to write, e.g., “here’s some things your geeky valentine will love!” Why do they have to gender-assign the products at all? It’s a damn motherboard, after all! I would imagine that 99% of their products are gender-neutral, and they went to an effort to scrounge out that 1% that aren’t and feature them in the promotion.
    So…progress, but only a little.

  5. @calliopejane:

    I don’t even think the woman looks that geeky. So now glasses and a pencil are enough to make a woman geeky? I mean, there’s no reason that someone can’t be geeky and look “normal” at the same time, but I thought the glasses=geek thing died out decades ago.

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