Quickies: Confusing Female Anatomy, White Feminist Oscar Speeches, and Fake Viral Stories

  • Patricia Arquette’s Feminism: Only for White Women – “It’s easy to laugh at the timid way that celebrities frequently wade into feminism, offering pat statements scripted by a team of public relations experts to be as nonoffensive as possible. But Patricia Arquette’s performance at Sunday night’s Oscars shows exactly why that’s the best way to go.” Glad to know I wasn’t the only one who cringed when I heard the speech.
  • Younger Women Hesitate To Say They’re Having A Heart Attack – ” ‘Women may experience a combination of things they don’t always associate with a heart attack,’ Lichtman says. ‘Maybe we need to do a better job of explaining and describing to the public what a heart attack looks and feels like.’ But even when women suspected that they were having a heart attack, many said they were hesitant to bring it up because they didn’t want to look like hypochondriacs. ‘We need to do a better job of empowering women to share their concerns and symptoms,’ Lichtman says.”
  • Idaho Lawmaker Wonders If Women Could Have A Gyno Exam By Swallowing A Tiny Camera – “According to the Associated Press, Idaho Rep. Vito Barbieri (R) asked a doctor testifying before the House State Affairs Committee whether a woman could have a remote gynecological exam by swallowing a tiny camera. Dr. Julie Madsen told him no, that’s not possible, because items that are swallowed do not end up in the vagina.” I am both angered about this and laughing my ass off. Is there a German word for that?
  • Anatomy Of A Fake, Viral Story: The Priest Who Met A Female God In His Near-Death Experience – I would say that I’ve never been burned by fake news stories, but that’s a lie. Hopefully just as many people get the news that this was fake as the ones who thought it was real.
  • My Depressing Day With A Famous Climate Skeptic – “There have been a few scientists out there who profess skepticism about the state of climate science who also, by many measures, are good at their jobs (I’m thinking of someone like Richard Lindzen or, more recently, Judith Curry). They can have a role to play, if they are honest about that role. But the problem is that for the last couple of decades there have only been a few of these scientists. Everyone else (like ex-skeptic Richard Muller) has already been convinced by the data that climate change is real, and we are its cause. And yet, in the circus that now stands in for a real debate about our climate options, the few skeptical voices left get amplified past the point of distortion regardless of their quality.”

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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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