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Baby, it’s Consent Outside

Baby, it’s Consent Outside

So this is what my spouse and I got up to tonight, since the holidays are coming up AND it’s cold and snowy in Chicago. I thought I’d share it with all of you. Visual description for those who can’t see the video: Two people (me and my spouse) sitting on a couch. We start out kissing before they start singing and hold hands through the video. Transcript: To the tune of “Bab... »

Skepticism and Ebola

Skepticism and Ebola

Right now in Sierra Leone, along with several other West African countries, an Ebola outbreak is claiming the lives of hundreds of people. Several doctors who have come from developed nations like the United States to help stem the outbreak have fallen ill, including at least one who has died from the illness. »

Breaking: College men respond positively to women behaving in stereotypically feminine ways

Breaking: College men respond positively to women behaving in stereotypically feminine ways

That’s what this study should have been titled; instead, the researchers decided to go with the equally inane question “Why Do Men Prefer Nice Women?”, as the title. What a great question. We should definitely study why someone would prefer to be around a nice person as opposed to what, an asshole? Here is the study abstract for reference: Responsiveness may signal to a potential partner that one ... »

Labels!

Labels!

Queereka has been talking a lot about identities and labels as of late, and I’m not going to be any different. We’ll change subjects sometime! Maybe. Possibly. So gender and sexual minorities seem to have a lot of labels attached to them. Of course there are the well known ones like Gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender, but then we have a slew of other, lesser known, labels. I’... »

Which identity was it this time?

Which identity was it this time?

I’ve been the plaintiff in a discrimination lawsuit for the last couple years. The short version is, my employer found out I have an invisible disability and spent the next four weeks stringing me along in a complete farce of an interactive process of reasonable accommodation. The discrimination was largely based on my disability, but I learned recently that my gender presentation also playe... »

Quickies 04/28/2014

Quickies 04/28/2014

Judge approves Chelsea Manning’s name change request. Here’s what she has to say about it: “I’ve often been asked, ‘Why are you changing your name?’ The answer couldn’t be simpler: because it’s a far better, richer, and more honest reflection of who I am and always have been: a woman named Chelsea.” Read the whole statement. Tennessee’s S... »

Cathy Brennan tweeting

What weird old trick is an internet hate group using to escape the ire of the SPLC? H*ck if I know.

If you know of any weird old tricks to get the SPLC to actually listen and respond to you please let me know because it’s not working for me and I even gave them money that one time. In the meantime, there’s a weird old trick to getting a bigoted second-wave has-been who runs a hate group to dox and harass you, and I am executing it right now! (Hint: it’s by writing this article!... »

Why Do Environmental Scientists Study Human Evolution?

Why Do Environmental Scientists Study Human Evolution?

I am an Environmental Science major working on my BS. In one of my classes we were asked to write and essay on the reasons why people who want to understand human impacts on the environment should study human evolution. In preparation, we read Masters of the Planet by Ian Tattersall, which I highly recommend. Here is my essay. It was sort of done in a rush and I was constrained to some limits beca... »

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