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  • Feminism

    The Boston Marathon’s Rules Are Not Sexist Against Women

    This year was an unusual year at the Boston Marathon. In a typical year, the top 15 winners in each gender division are given cash prizes with no controversy over whether they really placed in the top 15. This year, however, was all about controversy, particularly in the women’s race. The prize money for the women’s race still went to…

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  • Feminism

    Men, Women Do Not Run For You

    I’ve been regularly doing long distance running for a couple years now and many of my friends are also runners. Running on a regular basis means spending hours a week outside where I am often crossing paths with men who decide they want to yell things at me or talk to me or otherwise interrupt my training. When I get…

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  • Meta Stuff

    Skepchick Sundaylies! Women Ruin Everything, The Brain Thief, and Anti-Vax Parents

    Sunday Funny: Right Angles (via Tree Lobsters) Teen Skepchick The Physics Philes, lesson 127: Kinetic-Molecular Model of Ideal Gases, Part 2 Mindy continues trying to parse the kinetic-molecular model of idea gases. The Not So Beautiful Game, Step 9: In Which Our Narrator Blames Everything on a Woman and is Horrified by Mental Illness In which women are girls who…

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  • Feminism
    Meb Keflezighi crossing the finish line

    No, Meb Keflezighi Was Not the First American to Win the Boston Marathon Since 1983

    If you have watched or read any news lately then you know that yesterday at the Boston Marathon Meb Keflezighi was the first American to win since 1983. It’s a momentous occasion and even more meaningful coming after last year’s Boston Marathon bombing. Meb Keflezighi, an Olympic silver medalist in 2004 is almost 39 years old and lost his Nike…

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  • Skepticism

    The Female Athlete Triad, part 2: The Right Stuff

    (Content notice: disordered eating.) My dietician is punching away at a calculator, as I watch her with the trepidation I might feel watching an airline employee attempting to find me a new flight in a snowstorm. “So, you’re not eating enough to begin with, and then a third of your calories are coming from alcohol or chocolate,” she says with…

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  • Science

    The Female Athlete Triad: Not As Fun As it Sounds

    Content notice: eating disorders. “Have you ever heard of the Female Athlete Triad?” I know what my new doctor’s about to say as soon as I hear the words “female athlete.” Having struggled with the ghosts of an eating disorder throughout my twelve-year running history, I get asked if I’m aware of the world’s best-named collection of ailments at least…

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  • Afternoon Inquisition

    AI: Now-overlapping Hobbysteria

    One of the things that frustrates me enormously is the lack of real science in fitness reporting…. and the overwhelming amount of non-science that all conflicts with the rest of it. Another thing that really frustrates me is the way that women’s magazines focused on fitness are really focused on looking sexy for your man. So last week, in an…

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  • Skepticism

    AI: Boston

    Boston. It hurts. A lot. I’m still trying to wrap my head around yesterday’s bombing. I am a runner. I run for lots of reasons, but the one thing that keeps me honest about my running is racing. If I don’t train, I can’t race. I’m not fast. I don’t actually race anyone else besides me. But there’s something about…

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