Young Vagabond – An Australian Teen Magazine With A Difference

It's been too lovely a day to end it on a negative - how's this for a positive? The future Australian magazine Young Vagabond is seeking funding via Pozible and has thirty days to do so:Young Vagabond from Young Vagabond on Vimeo. Young Vagabond is a new magazine for teenage girls, offering an alternative to other print publications, which often have an unhealthy focus on image and sexuality.Our aim: Through Young Vagabond, we aim to give young women a voice, and a magazine that they want t … [Read more...]

#SayNeighToSexism – Sunday Telegraph Names Australian Sportswoman of the Year: A Horse

I'm not kidding.The Australian Sunday Telegraph names Black Caviar (a horse) Australian Sportswoman of the Year.  Never mind the feats of comeback queen cyclist Anna Meares, hurdler Sally Pearson (both Meares and Pearson took gold during the London Olympics), Jacqueline Freney who won no less than eight gold medals in the pool at the Paralympics or  Steph Gilmore who is now a FIVE time world surfing champion, Rothfield and Hadland saw fit to give the Sportswoman of the year award to a … [Read more...]

Ireland Revising Abortion Laws

A little while back I conducted an interview with the Skeprechaun Podcast, called Episode One Hundred And Forty Six – On Savita Halappanavar, where I asked some questions about their Skeprechaun episode #33 called “For Savita”. Both episodes contains potentially distressing content, as we both talk about the death of Savita Halappanavar.News today from the Sydney Morning Herald:DUBLIN: Ireland will legalise abortions when the mother's life is at risk, including when suicidal, following the … [Read more...]

Science. It’s A Thing.4.Girls

The European Commission spent over £80,000 making the atrocious "Science: It's a Girl Thing" video ( A group of Bristol Psychologists decided to see if they could do it better on a budget of £7.66. Thanks to Prof. Bruce M Hood for this find! … [Read more...]

New Token Skeptic Podcast – On Savita Halappanavar – Interview With The Skeprechaun Podcast

This episode focuses on my questions of the Skeprechaun Podcast - produced by two Irish skeptics Rebecca and Fionnula, looking at their excellent episode #33 called "For Savita". Both episodes contains potentially distressing content, as we both talk about the death of Savita Halappanavar. While the podcasters Rebecca O'Neill and Fionnuala Murphy of Skeprechauns have lively, entertaining and often humorous takes on issues involving skepticism and science, their most recent episode looked on the … [Read more...]

Are You A Young Female Atheist Or Skeptic In Australia?

Breaking my silence for an important message about something that has been on my mind for a while...I was the MC for the Global Atheist Conventions and have attended or presented at a number of Australian and international atheist and skeptical conventions. I've been on the same stage as women like Leslie Cannold, Jane Caro, Catherine Deveny; supported the work of a number of young atheist women such as the vodcaster FearBlandness and the podcasters of the Young Australian Skeptics; students a … [Read more...]

Little Kitten – Whedon On Romney (And New Token Skeptic Podcast Out!)

New Token Skeptic podcast episode out, by the way: Episode One Hundred And Forty Two – On Women In Science And Wikipedia – Interview With Professor Uta Frith. … [Read more...]

The Hamster Wheel – Women in The Media

Must watch. … [Read more...]

Links Du Jour With Science, Sexism, Manga, Genomes, Magic – And Gold’s New Zealand Walk Completed!

Morning all (well, morning to those on my side of the planet) - some reads for the morning before I take a little break and focus on podcasting and exams for a while.Firstly, a little while back my friend Gold decided to walk / bicycle ride from the very SOUTH of New Zealand to the very NORTH of New Zealand for charity - to raise funds for the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal Trust, Woman's Refuge and NZ Skeptics.And he did it. Two hours, final 20km of a 2895km trip and my target destination … [Read more...]

Little Kitten – Binders Full Of Women Tumblr

Click on through.Oh, and the Facebook Page.And the Guardian article: Why did the phrase resonate? Because it was tone deaf, condescending and out of touch with the actual economic issues that women are so bothered about. The phrase objectified and dehumanized women. It played right into the perception that so many women have feared about a Romney administration – that a president Romney would be sexist and set women back. And it turns out the way Romney presented it – that he asked for a stu … [Read more...]

Happy Ada Lovelace Day – Women In Technology

Sorry, blogging is sparse because of work and other commitments - but I wanted to point out a great post by Ed Yong over on About Not Exactly Rocket Science: It’s Ada Lovelace Day, in which people round the world celebrate the legacy of a legendary woman by “sharing stories of women— whether engineers, scientists, technologists or mathematicians — who have inspired you to become who you are today”. I’m taking a slightly different tack. I’m sharing the names of women who tell stories – science wri … [Read more...]