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  • ActivismPhoto of How About We DON’T Free Julian Assange

    How About We DON’T Free Julian Assange

    It is being reported today by the New York Times and other news sources that Sweden has announced today that it will possibly reopen the rape allegation case against WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange. I think this is great news. It may not be wonderful news for the United States government, who is trying to extradite him to America to charge him…

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    Get To Know Your Skepchicks: Julia

    I am a lucky lady for a whole bushel load of reasons. One reason in particular is that I get to meet a lot of wonderful, brilliant people. And every so often one of these amazing people lets me photograph them. And on a very good day they also let me pick their brain so that I can learn even…

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    Support Julia Burke, Skeptical Hero

    Before the NYC marathon was (finally) cancelled, Julia Burke decided to donate the amount she would have spent going to the city to run the marathon (entrance fee, travel costs, etc.–about $500) to the Red Cross instead. And she decided to run her own marathon in Buffalo, to raise money and awareness of the help people still need to recover…

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  • FeminismPhoto of Guest Post – Julia Burke: Akin was wrong––but why? On rapists, myths, and “mechanisms”

    Guest Post – Julia Burke: Akin was wrong––but why? On rapists, myths, and “mechanisms”

    Julia Burke sent us this great review of some of the actual science (or lack thereof) in Todd Akin’s comments on rape, but also in some of the responses to his comments! Popular Science, not exactly a bastion of skepticism, released a bizarre response to the Akin debacle, titled “Rape Results in More Pregancies than Consensual Sex, Not Fewer.” The…

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  • Tomorrow Night @ Harvard: Julia Sweeney!

    Skepchick Extraordinaire Julia Sweeney will be at Harvard University tomorrow evening to deliver her one-woman show “Letting Go of God.” Sponsored by the Humanist Chaplaincy at Harvard, a fantastic group of people who bring great names to the Boston area. Here’s a recent NY Times article about the show. Apparently this is the only chance to catch her in New…

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    Photo of Mark Zuckerberg Is the World’s Most Beautiful Man According to Science

    Mark Zuckerberg Is the World’s Most Beautiful Man According to Science

    This post contains a video, which you can also view here. To support more videos like this, head to patreon.com/rebecca! Transcript: Nobody does science reporting quite like British tabloids, and let me be very clear when I say that that’s a good thing. The United States definitely has it’s own unique way of being bad at science communication but the…

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  • QuickiesPhoto of Quickies: Perspective on Iran, Presidential primaries, and lots of science…

    Quickies: Perspective on Iran, Presidential primaries, and lots of science…

    This week, the headlines were dominated by military action between the United States and Iran. I am in no way qualified to begin to comment on these matters, but I do recommend an early episode of the NPR podcast Throughline on the history of US-Iranian relations. I have found Throughline’s deep dives into the history behind current events to be…

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  • QuickiesPhoto of Quickies: The female burden of neurodiversity

    Quickies: The female burden of neurodiversity

    The female burden of neurodiversity – “When I talk to non-cis male friends about their experiences with ADHD and its cousins, including Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), I hear similar stories. Being perceived as “messy” or “oblivious” or “anti-social” feels like a failure to live up to the dictates of femininity, or a reinforcement of undesirable stereotypes around masculinity, in ways…

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