On Sam Harris, Pregnancy, and Sacrifices

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...]


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Is Sam Harris Sexist?

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...]


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Confessions of a Frustrated Pinterest Science Girl Mom

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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Why I Never Even Considered Becoming an Engineer

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...]


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Does He Treat You Right?

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...]


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When Sexism Kills: Deadly Hurricane Edition

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...]


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Beware the Wayward Woman

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...]


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