On the Abuse of Social Science

One of the reoccurring talking points of opponents of marriage equality is that social science research demonstrates that children do better with a heterosexual couple than any other type of parenting situation. For an example, see this exchange between CNN’s Brooke Baldwin and hate-group leader Tony Perkins. Note how she …


See, that’s where you’re wrong.

Via Maryam Namazie, I came across this bizarre article by Nadiya Takolia published in the guardian titled, “The hijab has liberated me from society’s expectations of women.” O RLY? Let’s cast a skeptical eye on the major claim of this article: “some wear [the hijab] explicitly as a feminist statement …


An Object Lesson: Part 2

It’s hard to get more timely with these questions about objectification and science than right now. Our own network’s founder’s decision to not attend TAM this year, which I’m confident anyone reading this has also read about, underscores how germane this all is. Between that and… well, arguably pre-historical practices …

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AI: Your First Skeptical Media?

When I was applying to transfer colleges this year, I wrote a lot of application essays. The best question I got was about finding something unexpected, something I wasn’t looking for. I chose to write about my first exposure to skepticism, and how it lead me onto the path of …

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Minorities Defined

An assertion I’ve seen floating around in some of the recent threads on feminism and skepticism has been that women, being slightly over half the population, are not actually minorities. This statement demonstrates a lack of understanding of what makes a person a member of a minority group. This short …


Why So Curious?

A few years ago when I first started to think about both my gender and sexuality in terms that I’d never broached before, and having never been in a relationship, I decided to confide in a close relative of mine over dinner. I mentioned that I thought I could be …


Being Closeted to Yourself

I am a straight woman. That’s what I would tell myself. I am a woman and I like men. This fiction overwhelmed my early childhood self-identification as a boy (or rather, “not like other girls,”) and formed the shell of an identity I assumed as my body changed from child …


Debunking the COGIATI

My first forays into the trans internet were back in the Fall of 2001, while I was having a particularly bad “episode” of dysphoria that led, for the first time in my life, to actually conducting extensive research into what transition entailed. The e-landscape back then was a bit different …