Confessions of a Frustrated Pinterest Science Girl Mom

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Lately, I've been thinking about redoing Sally and Bobby's bedroom. We've done some deep cleaning over the summer and have redone some things in the kitchen and living room, and it's about time I took that energy upstairs. Since the children spend most of their time playing in the living room these days, I wanted to take a good, long look at their bedroom and and see how I could make it more functional and usable.Sally, as I've mentioned, is a science kid. So I went to pinterest and typed in … [Read more...]

Why I Never Even Considered Becoming an Engineer

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A reader named David recently left a number of comments on my post on explaining sexism to my five-year-old daughter Sally. He started out with this comment: If the lack of female achievement in science is due to sexism, and not inborn genetic differences in cognition and preferences, then answer me one question:If the majority of college students in the US are female (60%), then why are the vast majority of mathematics, engineering, and computer science students male?This seems i … [Read more...]

Does He Treat You Right?

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In my previous post, I wrote about cultural messaging regarding how fathers should respond to their daughters dating both displays an utter lack of trust of young women and a normalization of violence toward other males. Two readers, however, pointed out that this messaging also portrays males as inherently sexual predators and thugs.Reader Nathaniel put it like this: I've been lucky enough to have grown in a community that never had anyone say something like this to me. Still pisses me off … [Read more...]

When Sexism Kills: Deadly Hurricane Edition

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So it seems that hurricanes with female names kill more people than hurricanes with more male names, and that even within female names those that are more feminine tend to be the deadliest. Or so found an article in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. But don't take my word for it! Read on! People are more afraid of a Hurricane Victor than a Hurricane Victoria, says a study out today from researchers at the University of Illinois."People may be dying as a result of the f … [Read more...]

Beware the Wayward Woman

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When I read Sarah Moon's post on Potiphar's wife, all I could think of was the wayward woman. This has been on my mind for a while, actually. My mother read several chapters of the Bible aloud to us children after breakfast every day, and for quite some time she read a chapter of Proverbs every day, because there are 31 chapters, which made it perfect to read over again every month. Proverbs 2: 16-19---Wisdom will save you also from the adulterous woman, from the wayward woman with her … [Read more...]

Male Atheists and White Knight Sexism

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One strategy frequently used by male atheists attempting to deconvert religious women is to point to the ways religion oppresses women. This is fine, if it is accompanied with an understanding that not all religion oppresses women, an awareness that atheism does not eliminate sexism, and a wider commitment to challenging the oppression of women in every forum where it surfaces. But all too often, it's not accompanied by these things. In fact, there are all too many times when pointing out the … [Read more...]

Why I’m a Feminist First

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Remember when I asked which you would find more rage inducing---a patriarchal atheist or a patriarchal Christian? Well, I have a bit of an update. In that very short post---more a conversation starter than a post, really---I offered this quote from a male atheist named Jesse Powell: When I look at the relentlessly deteriorating family situation so obvious in the world around us today my conclusion regarding the source of this disaster is that American family life is being destroyed because of … [Read more...]


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