Feminism

  • 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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  • Why “Late-Term Abortion” Should Be Legal, Accessible, and Safe

    This post contains a video, which you can also view here. To support more videos like this, head to patreon.com/rebecca! Transcript: Breaking news, Trump lied about another thing! Shocking, I know. Today, I’m going to talk about the most recent lie as of this recording. Since this recording is going up a few days late, there have probably been 15…

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  • “Cancel Culture” and Why Aaron Coleman Shouldn’t Be in Congress

    This post contains a video, which you can also view here. To support more videos like this, head to patreon.com/rebecca! Transcript: In our current world where “cancel culture” runs amok ruining lives at a whim, can anyone ever truly be forgiven? Can anyone truly change and grow? Yes and yes, because cancel culture isn’t what rich white guys with bad…

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  • The Benefits of Being Vulcan

    During COVID times my youngest child TD and I have made a pact to watch all of the Star Trek films. All 13 movies from the very first full-length feature with Shatner’s Kirk to the most recent revival of the Kirk and Spock universe. I love every single one of those movies, even the less well-reviewed ones. Captain Kirk’s birthplace…

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  • MRA Murders the Son of a Woman He Hated, but Conspiracy Theorists Blame Jeffrey Epstein

    This post contains a video, which you can also view here. To support more videos like this, head to patreon.com/rebecca! Transcript: Last week a man apparently went to the home of a federal judge and murdered her son, critically wounded her husband, and then killed himself. This was obviously very big news, obviously, and it became even bigger news due…

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