Skepchick Quickies 4.5

It’s Friday and time to start the day with some CUTE FRIGGIN’ ANIMALS. First, the most epic slow-motion frog fail (the best part is his little gobbly hands at the end). At the bottom of that page is a bonus ladybug fail. Next, some birdies jumping out of a nest (from Andy). Finally, this is actually the cutest Praying Mantis that I’ve ever seen, for reals.

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Mary Brock works as an Immunology scientist by day and takes care of a pink-loving princess child by night. She likes cloudy days, crafting, cooking, and Fall weather in New England.

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  1. Are those birdies jumping out of the nest? They look like Canada Geese… and they also look way too young to be flying. I’m not really sure what’s going on, here. But still, cute.

    1. I can’t watch the video due to a hideous internet connection, but there are severel species of ducks that leap from their nests, sometimes a pretty good height, before they can fly. Then they go swimming with mom.

    2. Alright, so I was curious about this too. Canadian Geese are born more yellow and don’t really get grey until they’re gangly pre-teens.
      After searching around for a while I found that these are most likely Goldeneye ducks or Wood ducks. There are some videos of them leaving the nest on youtube…. and nope, they can’t fly.
      They don’t seem to get hurt, it’s Pretty cute and funny though !http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jhp7vwvAic4

      1. Having watched that, now I can’t help but imagine a predator who imitates mama duck’s call and waits for free food to start raining from the sky. Does this make me a bad person?

  2. Mary,

    You know that story about the Georgia Teens fighting for racially integrated prom? I didn’t notice you posted it here until I sent you a same story, from a different source. The Jezebel commentary that you linked to, did a better job of reporting on it, however, then they one I sent you. Its hard to believe they’re able to get away with this in 21st century America.

  3. So, the “Being Gay at Jerry Falwell University” piece was a powerful personal story, but there were some parts that seemed really problematic and that totally ignore the power imbalances in society-

    “But what I learned at Liberty was that this idea is the exact opposite of reality: The world and the people in it are really wonderful with just a smidge of ugliness about them. I think the really vocal anti-gay Christians display this smidge, but I also think the really vocal anti-Christian gays display it as well. Not tolerating someone for his narrow-mindedness is perhaps the epitome of intolerance.”

    And the whole picture of Jerry Falwell as someone who, sure, may seek to deny the LGBTQ community and women basic rights, but hey, might not actively spew hatred at you in every single conversation, so he’s a nice guy after all.

    1. I agree. The article was a very interesting personal story, but I feel that it was problematic in some ways.

      Being nice to another human being is the least you can do. Jerry Falwell might not spit in his face for being gay, but Falwell seems to be very comfortable voting and lobbying for politicians and organizations that fight against marriage equality. I also find that he makes this false equivalency between the actions of anti-Christian LGBTQ folks and the actions anti-LGBTQ Christians. An anti-Christian bumper sticker is not the same as actually murdering an LGBTQ person (see: Matthew Shepard, Harvey Milk, Brandon Teena, etc.)

  4. Agreed with Tyler. That article was really, really problematic. First, it repeatedly equates homosexuality with sin. Second, it draws false equivalence between LGBTQ hostility toward Christianity and Christian anti-gay teachings. These are not remotely the same thing, given the power imbalance between those two groups and the fact that LGBTQ people are responding to actual threats to our wellbeing while Christians are making shit up about us to justify bigotry. Third, it acts like the actions of people like Falwell who actively work to marginalize LGBTQ people are somehow ameliorated by the fact that they are nice to some of us in person. That is some serious self-loathing going on right there.

    Also the comments are completely full of homophobia. I found it painful to read them in a way that I rarely find hostile comments sections because here was the gay guy making all the bigots feel justified and validated in their delusions of being the real victims here.

    I am really surprised that this was featured on Skepchick with no criticism.

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