Why Adding a Woman to the $10 Bill Isn’t Enough

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Last spring the Women on 20s campaign held a poll asking supporters to nominate and vote for various female historical figures to replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill. Harriet Tubman won the informal poll, and this summer the Treasury Department announced that it is indeed looking into changing the current all-male lineup of our paper money. Here's an excerpt: Alexander Hamilton, who has had top billing on the $10 since 1929, will have to share the marquee starting in 2020, making way for a … [Read more...]

Dolls, Yes; Ballerinas, No

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It may surprise some readers to know that in spite of my parents' patriarchal beliefs, they gave one of my brothers a doll for Christmas one year---because he had begged for a doll of his own. My parents believed that my brothers were preparing to be fathers, and that that meant boys playing with dolls was perfectly acceptable.There's lots more, too. There's the brother who built his own dollhouse so that he could get in on dollhouse play with his sisters. He carefully fashioned the rooms, … [Read more...]

Charlie Hebdo and Freedom of Speech

Charlie Hebdo

The world is abuzz with talk of this week's deadly terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo, a French satirist newspaper. That anyone could be willing to kill someone else over cartoons---no matter how offensive they find them---is unthinkable to me. Both newspapers and private individuals should be able to be offensive without fearing for their lives. What happened this week at Charlie Hebdo is wrong, and tragic, and horrifying in the extreme.Supporting a person or organization's freedom of speech … [Read more...]

Estrogen Vibe: The Musical Satire

Estrogen Vibe

A reader just sent me a musical satire called "Estrogen Vibe." You can listen here:After the lyrics, I'll offer some context. If you take issue with this satire, read that context, my previous posts on Harris, the author's note that goes along with this satire, and my comment policy before commenting. Lyrics: (The atheist variable doesn’t obviously contain the estrogen vibe.)Estrogen vibe, estrogen vibe. (Estrogen vibe.) Estrogen vibe, estrogen vibe. (It’s more attractive to guys. … [Read more...]

On Sam Harris, Pregnancy, and Sacrifices

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Last week an article in the Washington Post quoted prominent atheist author and speaker Sam Harris's explanation for why his audience is primarily male---women, he said, have an "estrogen vibe" that makes them less interested in the "critical posture" he takes in his writing. When female atheists responded critically to his comments, Harris wrote a post explaining what he'd meant---and digging his hole deeper. I addressed Harris's comment in a recent post, "Is Same Harris Sexist?"Yesterday … [Read more...]

Is Sam Harris Sexist?

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I recently wrote about League of the South's Michael Peroutka's denial that he is racist. The organization he says taught him everything he knows openly promotes secession and the creation of a white Christian South, but because it also eschews racial hatred Peroutka is aghast at the charges of racism. In fact, he has accused those charging him with racism of playing a “cynical, dishonest race-card-smear game.” It was this situation that my mind was drawn back to as I read Sam Harris's recent pos … [Read more...]

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...]


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