Skepticism

We Aren’t Ready for Inclusive Atheism Yet

We Aren’t Ready for Inclusive Atheism Yet

Let me just say first that I agree with what you’re about to shout into your computer, that supportive and accepting inclusivity should always be a top priority for any community group or movement, especially one comprised of intersectionally-marginalized people (not only are we all marginalized as nonbelievers, many of us are also women, people of color, disabled, LGBTQ, etc.). But we aren’t ther... »

QUICKIES 04/04/2014

QUICKIES 04/04/2014

Florida man attempts to murder a family with eight children because the parents were a lesbian couple. Photos from Thailand’s transgender beauty pageant! Mississippi sex-ed curriculum teaches that girls who have sex are like dirty Peppermint Patties which have fallen on the floor. Gross, sexist bullshit. Mozilla’s anti-gay CEO, Brendan Eich, steps down. Meet the negligent scumbag anti-... »

Quickies 03/28/2014

Quickies 03/28/2014

Why Affirming Bisexuality is a Public Health Concern. Most LGB people identify as bisexual, yet our visibility is dwarfed by LG: Bisexuality: It’s Really not that Complicated. Homeopathic remedies recalled for containing real medicine. Oops! Lies, Damned Lies and Sex Work Statistics »

The ‘Schism’ in Skepticism

The ‘Schism’ in Skepticism

Cross-posted from Teen Skepchick  Over the last few years, and especially since the event known as “Elevatorgate,” we’ve seen a drastic increase in the visibility of sexism within the skeptic/atheist movements. It has been the focus of many conversations, and many eyes have been following the developments of people coming out against sexist behaviour and others rushing to defend ... »

Pope Francis tells us he thinks gay people getting married will destroy families

It’s Not New, It’s Not Exciting

“OMG, OMG, OMG. Did you hear what the Pope said about gay people? Did you? DID YOU? This is a sea change! It’s so important! He’s said something amazing and groundbreaking!” Now, please raise your hand if you’re, like me, getting tired of hearing people take a throwaway line and try to make it sound like it means that a man who has historically been a homophobe in one... »

Woo and Cold Reading

Woo and Cold Reading

I had to fire a doctor I’d had for several years recently. TL;DR version is that she randomly told me to stop taking my medication and find something else to replace it. Then she suggested acupuncture, inadvertently demonstrating the wisdom of not having a table in her office (I woulda flipped the shit out of it). The punchline? She’d FORGOTTEN why I take the medication to begin with, ... »

Slaughtering the Sacred Cows

Slaughtering the Sacred Cows

I saw the movie Aeon Flux when it came to theatres, approximately forever ago.  Over the years I remembered liking it (because what’s not to like about Charlize Theron being a badass?), but that was pretty much it.  I watched it again recently with my Queer Feminist Media Critique goggles on and was unexpectedly delighted by it – there are problems, because everything has problems (oh please oh pl... »

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 ... »

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