Feminism

  • The Coolest Woman I Have Ever Met…

    Today I had a meeting with a woman who is, in all seriousness, the coolest woman I have ever met. I feel the need to convey her coolness to you in this post because it is a mitzvah to share this level of coolness with others. A story about the coolest woman I’ve ever met…(Source) We met each other through…

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  • First Mary Sue? First SciFi?

    ... the Thrice Noble, Illustrious, and Excellent Princesse, The Duchess of Newcastle publishes a book that has been called the first example of science fiction and the first occurrence of the Mary Sue trope. Its full title is The Description of a New World, Called the Blazing World and while I don't exactly recommend reading it, you should know about…

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    Andy Mills, Audio Producer and Noted Harasser of Women, Keeps Failing Upwards

    I listen to a lot of podcasts and radio shows, and yet I had never heard of Andy Mills until women in radio started speaking out against him. If you have ever listened to Radiolab (on WNYC) or the shows Caliphate and The Daily (from the New York Times), then you’ve heard his work. He’s audio producer with a reputation…

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  • Do Not Give Away Our Shot!!

    I woke up at about 2 am to use the bathroom, as women my age are prone to do. After a profoundly unsatisfying pee, I checked Twitter. I’ve got a friend on a crazy COVID-19 sleep schedule and he’s usually up at about that time. He’s got a perfume blog that you should check out. Remember blog rolls? I miss…

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  • Thoughts on The Queen’s Gambit

    I mean, I get it. I really do. It’s a story of female exceptionalism and we all need to feel exceptional when faced with the power of the patriarchy. But….also…… I cannot watch another episode of this goddamned show right now. Bambi, Dumbo, Little House on the Prairie, Fullmetal Alchemist… I am tired of dead mothers. Can’t we just have…

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  • The Confidence Gap May Not Predict the Gender Pay Gap: Indignant Thoughts on That PNAS Paper

    Why is everyone in the world over-interpreting their data this week and coming for women in science? How can authors get all the way through graduate school and still not understand how not to over-interpret their data? Perhaps in an effort to cause hypertension and make the blood vessels in my head explode, a reader of the blog sent me…

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  • Do Not Fall Prey to Nature’s Trap Without Changing Your Behavior

    Yesterday I wrote about a problematic new paper from Nature Communications suggesting that trainees are disadvantaged by being mentored by women mentors. This morning, as I try to engage with my laboratory, home school my children, clean the house and do laundry because my physician husband has clinic, and try to eek out some small amount of time for myself,…

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  • Socially Distanced Mom Shame

    Many of my days begin and end with my working parent friends commiserating in group chats about the ways they feel they’ve failed their children that they are also trying to homeschool while working full time. I have beat myself to a bloody pulp emotionally second-guessing the decision to keep my kids at home this trimester. Then I remind myself…

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