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  • Science
    A sign that says "asshole"

    Confessions of a Former Asshole Physicist

    As a physics professor, it’s my main job to teach my students to think about forces and fields, solve engineering problems, and understand what an image of a black hole can tell us about the nature of spacetime. As a professor at a liberal arts college, I also think it’s important to talk about science as a uniquely human endeavor…

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  • Meta Stuff

    ICYMI: Harry Potter, Ms. Marvel, Evolution Debate, and the First Gynecologist

    Teen Skepchick The Physics Philes, lesson 85: Losing My Mechanical Energy Mindy discusses mechanical energy in damped oscillations. Medication: Remember to Ask Questions Olivia knows from personal experience the importance of getting complete information about medications. Hope for the Aftermath of the Creation “Museum” Fundraiser Debate Even though Ken Ham used the evolution debate as a fundraiser for his “museum,”…

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  • Meta Stuff

    ICYMI: January 5 – January 11 on the Skepchick Network

    Teen Skepchick Science Sunday: Eavesdropping on Computers for Fun and Profit Elisheba discusses a new paper that analyzes the noises created by computers. How Our Stance on Bullying Echoes the Adult World Grimallkin has noticed parallels between how we handle bullying and the criminal justice system, and it’s not flattering. The United States: Where Men are Men and Women are…

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  • Feminism
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    When Doubt is a Poison

    Stories of sexual harassment in the science and skeptic communities are nothing new around here, despite the efforts of far too many people to dismiss them. To understand the impact of these instances on a particular survivor, I recommend that you read carefully a recent essay by my friend and mentor, Pamela Gay, about her own issues with harassment and…

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  • Activism

    Follow-Up: Boycotting Russia

    [TW: Homophobia, violence] I recently wrote a post explaining why I am boycotting the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia. In it, I expressed my outrage with the new Russian law passed back in June that effectively bans queer people from public life and has ushered in a new era of public violence towards queer people in Russia. A few people…

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  • Activism

    That’s Not Bullying

    [Trigger/content warning: Bullying, threatening language]* Scene 1: “Hey, you fucking faggot. If I see you in this hallway again, I’m going to take a broomstick from the janitor’s cart and rape your faggot ass with it. You’d like that, wouldn’t you, you stupid fucking faggot!” This was said as I was being shoved up against the wall of lockers, face…

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  • Guest Bloggers

    Guest Post: A Mother’s Plea to Bullies

    Laura Stone, a blogger at Hey, Don’t Judge Me (well known for her Game of Thrones recaps), recently contacted us with some sad news. Her teenage son Austin has been dealing with bullies at school and she wanted to write a post about it. ————————- My son was recently hospitalized after his third suicide attempt. Contrary to the knee-jerk reaction…

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