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    So Your Partner was on Ashley Madison. DTMFA.

    I’m in a cab late at night making conversation with the typically chatty driver; I realize I’ve lost my keys and have to find a place to crash. Texting frantically, I mutter aloud that I’m pretty sure my boyfriend’s asleep, and tell the cabbie I’m going to try my girlfriend’s phone. He breaks into a grin. “How do you pull…

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  • Meta Stuff

    Skepchick Sundaylies! WISE MEN, Active Learning, Other December Celebrations, and Skipping Santa

    Sunday Funny: Turn the other cheek. (via Cyanide and Happiness) Teen Skepchick The Physics Philes, lesson 124: Exploding Potatoes and Equations of State Mindy explains how an exploding potato relates to the idea gas law. Tracts in the Mail Elizabeth shares the way in which her grandparents have chosen to try to convert her this year. Escéptica Gods! Christmas Edition…

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  • Skepticism

    Shia LaBeouf: Still Weird, Still Worth Compassion

    I don’t really get Shia LaBeouf. I’m not entirely sure that anyone “gets” Shia LaBeouf, as his behavior is often self-aggrandizing, sometimes bizarre, and repeatedly unethical (plagiarizing an apology for plagiarism? It’s…almost funny). I make no pretensions to have opinions on performance art, whether LaBeouf is a “real artist” or not, or whether anyone should take the guy seriously in…

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  • Feminism

    Throwback Thursday: Stop Telling Me to Stop Saying “I Have a Boyfriend”

    This Throwback Thursday entry is brought to you by the fact that the original article to which it was responding, Stop Saying “I Have a Boyfriend”, has been making the rounds again. The original title for this piece is I’ll Stop Citing a Boyfriend When My Consent Starts Mattering; it was published on September 10, 2013. I have shortened it and added in…

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  • Featured

    I’ll Stop Citing a Boyfriend When My Consent Starts Mattering

    Before I started dating, I knew and listened to a lot of men. One of their biggest complaints was that women aren’t honest or straightforward enough. “Why don’t women just say no?” they lamented. “I waste all this time pursuing women who don’t want me because I don’t know for sure that they don’t want me!” It sounded right to…

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  • Activism

    When I Didn’t Consent. Why I reported. Why I didn’t.

    I was raped. I reported it. I was raped. I didn’t report it. I was raped. I reported it but I didn’t press charges. I was raped. I didn’t know what I was supposed to do so I told myself that I wasn’t raped.   But I was. I was raped.   We have these conversations about rape, conversations that…

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  • Feminism

    Please Don’t Try Again Later

    TW for Sexual Assault & Sexual Coercion If you haven’t yet heard, Kickstarter was used as a platform to launch a so-called “seduction guide.” Not long before the Kickstarter ended (and funded well above and beyond its goal, to boot) some of us started to notice that there was something very, very wrong with what was being said by the…

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