Skepchick Quickies 5.6

  • Girls face down Islamic traditions with basketball, in India – “In the world’s biggest democracy, there are no laws preventing women from playing sports, but as with customs about marriage dowries, which remain prevalent even though they’ve been illegal for a half century, traditions here have a grip on the local community that are as strong as any legislation.”
  • Anti-vaxxer Mark Geier has medical license revoked in Maryland – Geier misdiagnosed 6 kids with autism as having “precocious puberty” which is treated with Lupron, a testosterone lowering drug. It just so happens that Geier thinks that Lupron can help with autism, despite a complete lack of evidence. From Paul.
  • Hope you like your sperm and your cell phones neat – Had to post this article on a study of cell phone effect on semen, as I spent the semester making many references to “neat semen.”
  • David Barton’s revisionist history – Go watch his interview on the Daily Show, then go get Chris Rodda’s book that’s mentioned in Hemant’s post. She’s giving it away for free to help fight the lies that the Christian right tells about America’s founding.
  • Cute Animal Friday! Snagged this great site of animals with stuffed animals from Felicia Day’s twitter. Derek tweeted this video of the ultimate dog tease. And Jen is taken with the nekkid cuteness of this baby aardvark.


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

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