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  • Anti-Science
    Caster Semenya triumphant

    Maybe “the integrity of female athletics” is a bad idea

    I can’t stop thinking of this photo of Lynsey Sharp being hugged by fellow White lady Melissa Bishop after losing to Caster Semenya. The recently announced ruling that will force Semenya to take drugs to lower her natural testosterone levels has been widely discussed for the completely scientifically unfounded, racist, sexist, and homophobic, not to mention simply inhumane, dumpster fire of…

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  • Skepticism

    Five Million Reasons the Cubs Crowd Estimates are Bogus

    Not sure if you are all aware, but the Chicago Cubs just won the World Series. Apparently it’s a BFD. On Friday Chicago held a parade and rally downtown to celebrate. According to the city, five million human beings attended the events. The press has been breathlessly reporting on this number with not an ounce of skepticism. However, if you…

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  • Featured
    Carli Lloyd raises her fingers in the air after her third World Cup goal

    Feminism Needs Women’s Sports

    How much fun is sports twitter? I was newly reminded last night during the breathtaking opening minutes of the USA vs. Japan World Cup, when my TL was a sea of caps lock and gif dexterity reacting to the USA team’s performance and Carli Lloyd’s unprecedented hat trick. “I love Twitter,” my male partner laughed as we watched the game…

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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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  • Meta Stuff

    ICYMI: October 13 – October 19 on the Skepchick Network

    Teen Skepchick The Physics Philes, lesson 69: Hooke’s Law, Line, and Sinker Mindy explains Hooke’s law and how it relates to stresses and strains. 17-Year-Old Made to Receive Blood Transfusions Lux argues that just because someone is a minor doesn’t mean you can discount their decision-making abilities. Speak Your Mind: Recognize Women in STEM Who are the awesome science ladies…

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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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