Bellis's Posts

AI: Bad Policy

AI: Bad Policy

A recent study found that 1 in 5 pharmacies restrict teens' access to emergency contraception (like Plan B or Next Choice). Some teenagers and physicians in the study were told they couldn't buy EC over the counter at all, even though it is available over the counter to anyone age 17 or older. The study authors noted that they don't know whether teenagers were intentionally mis... »

AI: Stressors

AI: Stressors

Good afternoon, Internet. I was all set to sit down today and write some really thought-provoking questions that were sure to elicit an informative and interesting discussion. But then I got bombarded with a long series of stressful events. So my brain shut down, and the only thing I can think to ask is this: »

AI: Bitch, Please?

AI: Bitch, Please?

This week, an Australian tea company launched a line of gay-themed teas to benefit LGBT health charities. But with names like Fag Hag and Bitch Please, some of us are wondering whether this hurts the cause more than it helps. It’s great to help charities, and especially health charities. But do they really need to reinforce stereotypes about gay men to do it? What do you think? Are stereotyp... »

AI: What do you recommend?

AI: What do you recommend?

Every so often I run into someone who is unfamiliar with skepticism, or at least the skeptic movement as we know it. Each time, I find myself giving the brief explanation that we encourage critical thinking and try our best to combat misinformation when we see it. Then, if the person is interested in more, I tell them to read The Demon Haunted World by Carl Sagan, because it’s the best intro... »

AI: What’s your name? Who’s your family?

AI: What’s your name? Who’s your family?

So the good news is I’m getting divorced! The bad news: I have my exhusband’s last name. You see, I decided to change my name when I got married due to pressure from him and his super traditional family. The argument my exhusband made at the time was that I should change my name so that we’ll be identifiable as a family. Like the Smiths or the Joneses. And of course, our son has ... »

Bisexuality and Sexual Fluidity

Bisexuality and Sexual Fluidity

Recently, Cynthia Nixon (or Miranda, as we all know her), told the New York Times’ Alex Witchel that being gay is a choice for her. Then, in another interview, she told Kevin Sessums of The Daily Beast that she is bi, but doesn’t identify as bi, saying, CN: …I don’t pull out the “bisexual” word because nobody likes the bisexuals. Everybody likes to dump on the bisexuals. KS: But ... »

AI: Calling BS

AI: Calling BS

A few weeks ago, I had a discussion with a friend of mine about the “life size” Barbie doll images that were floating around the interwebz. It’s a pretty old myth that if Barbie were a real woman, she’d be unable to support her giant boobs on her skinny little body and she probably wouldn’t be able to menstruate. It’s one that’s been repeated over and over... »

AI: Beauty Queens

AI: Beauty Queens

Happy afternoon, everybody! Let’s get right down to the inqueery. As some of you may have heard, the Miss California USA pageant has not one, but two out and proud lesbians competing this year. One of the contestants, Mollie Thomas, said she entered the pageant, “not only to fulfill some of my own aspirations, but also to be a positive role model and inspiration for the LGBTQ community and f... »