Skepchick Quickies 10.23

On October 23, 1850, the first National Women’s Rights Convention met in Worcester, Massachusetts. For everyone not in New England (or regular England), that is pronounced like “WUS-ter,” not “wor-ches-ter.” Also, different from “WOO-ster” in Ohio.

BONUS: This comic about shaming the body shamers, from Cat.


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. Well, as long as you don’t add the “ch” sound in the middle, right? :)

      I’m not originally from Boston so I can’t drop my r’s at the end.

    2. I’m going to go with WIS-tah, but with like half of an R at the end. I grew up in the suburbs between Worcester and Boston, so I have a little bit of an accent that comes through once in a while (or so I’ve been told – I don’t usually notice it).

  1. That video by Melissa A. Fabello was very well done, but shouldn’t it have been called “An Open Letter to Anti Feminist Trolls” rather than “An Open Letter to Feminist Trolls” since its anti feminists doing the trolling.

  2. This is the third link I’ve seen this week to Robot Hugs. And they’re all great.

    I remember having an on-line argument a few years back with some(male)body who was convinced it was his “right” to find pubic hair disgusting on a woman, and to express that opinion — in crude terms, and repeatedly — on a feminist website. “I’m allowed to have my preferences,” he insisted. I hit him with the slogan, “if you’re not a part of the solution, you’re part of the problem,” but I think he was too clueless (and probably too young) to get it.

    I guess I’m showing my age, but in my formative years, the fad was being “natural,” which included not shaving much of anything[*], and the women I hang around with don’t seem to go for the Barbie body thing, anyway (at least not on the parts I can see, of course :) ), so each time I’m confronted with the supposed “necessity” of shaving legs, underarms, or more intimate places, or other forms of socially compulsory body modification, it’s always a bit of a culture shock.

    [*] It also often included not bathing, but I never could go that far.

    1. I was at a $5 comedy show once, and the “comedian” was making fun of his girlfriend for shaving her privates and her calves but not her thighs. So I yelled out, “Shave YOUR damn legs! See how YOU like it!” Haha, it was fun being a heckler that night.

      1. That was a truly awful comedy show. It was sort of halfway between a real show and an open mic night. One guy’s set was half awkward silence, but it wasn’t intentional.

  3. Every time I hear someone tone trolling a feminist I always think about the TERF whose name I’d prefer not to mention and how she basically decided her Feminism would be a cross between the Westboro Baptist Church and the worst parts of 4Chan and proceeded to get into very public fights with schoolchildren. And the only people that have any idea who she is are other Feminists.

    I don’t think anybody’s actually basing their negative opinions of Feminists on the actions of Feminists.

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