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Skepchick Sundaylies: “Poorly Written, Abusive Erotica,” Racist Color Names, Scottish Independence, and Boy/Girl Sleepovers

Sunday Funny: Love Your Body (HT: io9) and Writing Skills (via xkcd)

Teen Skepchick

The Physics Philes, lesson 112: Sea Shell Resonance
Why do hear the ocean in sea shells? Physics, of course!

50 Shades of Fail: Chapter 2 Yeah Uh, I totally Love DIY, Yeah Ha Ha Ha, This Isn’t Wildly Inappropriate at All.
“Come with me and you’ll see a world of poorly written, abusive eroticaaaaa.”

Mad Art Lab

ATLAS Soared: Fabiola Gianotti and the Discovery of a Higgs Particle (Women In Science 19)
Dale profiles physicist and coordinator of the ATLAS project at the LHC, Fabiola Gianotti.

What’s in a Color Name? Racism.
“Skin tone? What’s the big deal? We all have one!”

Mad Cats!
The cats of Mad Art Lab.

School of Doubt

Scottish Independence Part 1: The How and the Why
Scotland is voting on Independence on September 18th. Alasdair will be showing us the arguments on both sides in this multi-part series.

Modeling Professionalism
In light of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne’s withdrawing an accepted job offer over the candidate’s harsh online criticism of Israel, Apostrophobia wonders how we are to distinguish between civility and professionalism.

Wikipedia 1, U Chicago News Office 0
A recent video on music and mathematics released by the University of Chicago gets some basic facts very, very wrong. Dan explains.

Grounded Parents

WTF Cure: The Cutler Protocol
Deek talks about Dr. Andrew Cutler, a charlatan promoting chelation “cures” for autistic kids.

Boy/Girl Sleepovers? What’s the Big Deal?
Cassandra’s 11-year-old daughter wanted to invite her 12-year-old male friend over for a sleepover, but his mom said no because “boys and girls your age do not do sleepovers.” Is there really a problem?

While We Dump Ice Water, Here’s What England Is Doing: The 100,000 Genomes Project
Kavin brings up a good point: how many people doing the ice water challenge are actually pro-genomic research?

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Mindy is an attorney and Managing Editor of Teen Skepchick. She hates the law and loves stars. You can follow her on Twitter and on Google+.

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  1. Fifty Shades of consumerist, greedy, manipulative, rape-fantasizing…

    From Gone With the Wind, through horrible Ayn Rand rapist-as-hero tropes, via Harlequin bodice-rippers, to 50 sades, Ooops; SHADES. There is something revolting about the way this tripe is written and consumed by women.

  2. I know it’s wrong, but the headline “Poorly written, abusive erotica” made me laugh. Possibly because I imagined it as the actual title of a book.

  3. Sorry, I finally got to writing about the Salaita incident. Since Salaita claims to represent me, the least I could do is write about it. It should be mentioned that one of the tweets could be interpreted as a death threat: “I wish all these fucking settlers would just go missing.”

    To put in some context, a few months ago, three American tourists, all Jews, were abducted and murdered, and the Israeli government simply said they were missing. The usual right-wingers retaliated, murdering a fourth American tourist, this one a Palestinian.

    Had Salaita been approved, he would’ve been working with Joy Harjo, who has endured harassment from BDS before.

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