privilege

  • Feminism

    Throwback Bad Chart Thursday: The Skeptic’s Secret

    Originally published on May 24, 2013. We’ve had a lot of discussions of privilege lately, and I’ve noticed that whenever the topic comes up, whether the focus is on race, gender, sexuality, ability, or any other axis, someone comments along the lines of suggesting we should all focus on simply being human. Usually, there’s a moral high ground implied in…

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  • Religion
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    Fellow Atheists: Quit Bragging About Our Prison Underrepresentation

    Dan Arel’s piece on atheists and the prison population has been making the rounds, along with the seemingly inevitable assertion that the statistics prove that atheists are no less (and perhaps) more moral than theists. I understand the impulse. Truly, I do. Every time I speak at a high school or in any other context where I’m engaging a theist…

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  • Random Asides

    Bad Chart Thursday: Grinding the Axes of Privilege–Racism Edition

    Spring is in the air, and the smell of racial privilege is all around, like the sweet, sweet smell of a field of flowers. Fertilized with shit. And without the flowers. This past week alone has given us such gems as “Why I’ll Never Apologize for My White Male Privilege”, written, I believe, by Richie Rich, with help from his…

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  • Meta Stuff

    ICYMI: Quizotron, College, Scary Jesus, and the Uselesssness of Math

    Teen Skepchick Science Sunday: Denial of Service Attacks and the Cost of Security Elisheba explains how DDoS attacks work and why they are so hard to protect against. What Actually Happened and a Rough Timeline Grimalkin clarifies his objection to ablesim. On the Uselessness of Mathematics and Resultant Magical Oracular Godness of Computers Just because computers can do math for…

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  • Activism

    You Can’t Fight the Gender Binary with Transphobia

    A couple of days ago DJ Grothe, president of the James Randi Educational Foundation, posted a transphobic status update on Facebook reading While it is certainly possible this person, who Grothe assumed to be a transsexual, was indeed trying to challenge the gender binary, his post is not. The very idea of passing is derived from gender binary thinking. If his…

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  • Feminism

    A Shout-Out to LGBT & Pro-LGBT Rappers

    There are many people of color in hip-hop who have come out in favor of LGBT people: A$AP Rocky, Snoop Lion, Beyonce, T-Pain, T.I., as well as Mr. Beyonce, Russell Simmons, Will Smith, and 50 Cent (I am aware that some of them might be problematic). I consider B. Dolan to be an honorable mention because he rapped in favor of a black trans woman, which is, arguably, less career-friendly…

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  • Meta Stuff

    ICYMI: July 21-July 27 on the Skepchick Network

    Hello! I have exciting news. We’ve added a new Skepchick site! Well, OK. It has been around for a bit, but now it’s better! Let me re-introduce Skepchick Events! They aren’t just about promotional posts anymore. They live blog events and publish some kick ass interviews, so you should totally start checking them out on the reg. Teen Skepchick The…

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  • Featured

    Why Are You an Ally, Anyway?

    No, really. What’s your motivation to call yourself one, and maybe even to act like one? This is the part where I talk about myself in an attempt to make it less about me (and you, if you’re also an ally rather than part of a marginalized group when it comes to one or more forms of oppression). I have…

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