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    Quickies: Hollywood Celebrities Attended Epstein’s Parties Even After Knowing He Was a Rapist

    Rebecca wrote a great piece here at Skepchick this week about the scientists who continued to hang out with Jeffrey Epstein after his conviction for raping a minor. Over at the Hollywood Reporter, they have a similar piece about the Hollywood celebrities that attended his parties hosted by Epstein after his conviction. Buzzfeed has released a shocking and horrifying four-part…

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    Quickies: Existing as Transgender in Trump’s America is an Act of Resistance

    On coming out as transgender in Donald Trump’s America by Emily VanDerWerff at Vox: Emily VanDerWerff has long been one of my favorite tv writers and podcasters (RIP The Parenthood Podcast). She is in especially fine form in this essay where she reflects on how watching the Handmaid’s Tale helped her to realize that by transitioning, her mere act of…

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  • Featured

    A Response to Jordan Peterson

    An interview with University of Toronto Psychology professor Jordan Peterson has been circulating around social media for a few days now. In the interview, Peterson says a number of disturbing things, using his position as an academic to cloak his claims in the authority of expertise. Mostly for my own satisfaction, I want to address the points Peterson made in…

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  • Meta Stuff

    It’s the Sundaylies, with a James Dobson Love Quiz, Desktop Aquariums, and Fantasy Food

    Sunday Funny: Advanced Level Nonsense (via SMBC) Teen Skepchick T is for Tribulations: The Big Gendery Post Cat explains the difficulties of being transgender in the UK. Sex Ed with James Dobson: 10 Things you Didn’t Know about True Love Think you know a lot about love? Take this quiz to find out. Mad Art Lab Desktop Aquarium Challenge! Ethan…

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    The Troubles with Gender

    There is, as some of you may have noticed, a debate going on in the skeptics community about the – how shall I put this – status of trans women. I’m very busy writing a book on the subject of gender diversity, so I spend little time on Facebook and Twitter these days, but from what I have seen there are a…

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  • Activism

    Crosspost: So What If I Wasn’t Born This Way

    The “born this way” story of queer identity is one most people in modern developed countries know well. It is applied to people of all sexual orientations and to trans people, especially binary trans people, and tells us that the right way to be queer follows a common structure. We have to know we were “different” from early childhood, we…

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  • Skepticism

    Rachel Dolezal Roundup

    Over the last couple of weeks Rachel Dolezal has been taking up far too much real estate in the public mind. She has been labeled “transracial” and compared with Caitlyn Jenner, as well as used as a “gotcha” by those who oppose trans rights. As someone who is not black or trans I am not in a qualified position to…

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    Guest Post: Why it’s okay to identify as a different gender but not as a different race

    Editor’s Note: Today’s guest post was written by Ginny Brown on the differences between gender and race identification and the recent uproar about Rachel Dolezal. She also has many links to the views of prominent trans people of color that you should check out. ****** First of all, the people we really need to be hearing from on this issue…

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