parenting

Cross-Post: I Am Not A Parent

Cross-Post: I Am Not A Parent

The following post by Chris is cross-posted from Grounded Parents, the newest site on the Skepchick Network. Please visit them at http://www.groundedparents.com/! — I am not a parent. In a way it would be appropriate to say that I am not a parent YET. As of this writing (at least its first draft), I’m sitting in a hospital lobby, next to our dozing doula, clacking away on my laptop. Willpowe... »

Why Gender Differences Don’t Matter (and Other Myths)

Why Gender Differences Don’t Matter (and Other Myths)

A few days ago, Harriet Hall wrote a post on Science-Based Medicine titled “Gender Differences and Why They Don’t Matter So Much.” The article left a bad taste in my mouth for a number of reasons. Aside from what I feel is a gross misrepresentation of various criticisms of Michael Shermer (which I will leave to Ophelia and PZ to deal with as they see fit), the bulk of my issue with her post deals ... »

Deceased Novelist’s writing impoverished by spinsterhood

Deceased Novelist’s writing impoverished by spinsterhood

I was just gonna bring it up as a quickie, but after thinking a bit and discussing the matter with my cat Demosthenes, I had to expand it. Amanda Craig, noted writer/gestator, wrote an article in the Telegraph, “If Maeve Binchy had been a Mother…” [ellipsis in original] arguing that a recently deceased Irish author, Maeve Binchy, had unwittingly fogged her window and clouded her ... »

On the Abuse of Social Science

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 fails to challenge Perkins on his oft-repeated assertion that the social sci... »

QUICKIES 06/04/2012

QUICKIES 06/04/2012

New York Magazine tackles the subject of transgender/transitioning children in S/He.  While some passages are a little problematic, it’s fantastic to see a topic that’s still shrouded in stigma and ignorance get overall serious, respectful treatment. College educated women hit their pay-ceiling around age 39.  Men hit theirs 9 years and $35,000 a year later. “They have limited ac... »