Skeptics, Women And SkeptiXX – Featuring An Interview With Marian Call

As Pharyngula put it: The blog is We Are SkeptiXX, and the intent is to promote more female representation in the skeptical movement.  Sound familiar? Yes, check out similar sites like SheThought and More Women In Skepticism and Hoyden About Town! I'm keen to support diversity rather than homogeneity when it comes to women's voices in skepticism and I'm pleased to see another site appear. The more the merrier. Unfortunately, this will be the most I blog for a little while. Work has stepped up … [Read more...]

Sexism, Skepticism and Civility Online Transcript – Now Out On CSICOP

On Codes of Conduct, Part II - Sexism, Skepticism and Civility Online: An Interview with Jennifer Ouellette, now out on the CSICOP website! It is a transcript of some of the interview I conducted for the Token Skeptic podcast three-part interview show, Episode 88 "On Codes Of Conduct Part II – Sexism, Skepticism And Civility Online". Here's a small section of it: In one of those bemusing cases of synchronicity, on the same day that CSICOP originally published "On Codes of Conduct" in my … [Read more...]

Three Interviews On Feminism, Sexism And Skepticism In One

Episode Eighty-Eight – On Codes Of Conduct Part II – Sexism, Skepticism And Civility Online. It's now out on the Token Skeptic podcast. This is a follow-up to the earlier podcast episode (which featured on the CSICOP website), called ‘Codes of Conduct’. This episode features interviews with: Jennifer Ouellette - Jennifer is the author of three popular science books, specialises in physics and many related topics, with particular emphasis on how science intersects with popular … [Read more...]

Therefore, Tim Minchin – Should We Be ‘Actual Humans’ As Atheists/Skeptics Too?

Never fear! I saved this post before the work was being done at FtB! Reposted! From Ophelia Benson’s post: “Just don’t be cruel to ANYONE, ever. On the internet, or in your life. Just imagine, as you sharpen your pen, that every man is your uncle or your brother, and that every woman is your mother or your sister. Just don’t spread vitriol. It’s not clever, it’s not funny, it doesn’t improve anything, it fails to educate, elucidate or encourage debate. It’s lazy. It’d be … [Read more...]

From #NoOn26 Defeat (‘Personhood’ Amendment in Mississippi) To 40 Days Of Treats

A little oversight on my part (sorry! But it doesn't mean you need to stop supporting!) - but The Forty Days of Treats finished at the start of this week with a rather relevant reminder: Here’s [Twitter] links to all the organizations that I blogged about during these 40 days -  BPAS (@Clare_BPAS) Marie Stopes (@MarieStopes) Education for Choice (@EdForChoice) FPA (@FPACharity) Abortion Rights  (@Abortion_Rights) Abortion Support Network (@AbortionSupport)  Antenatal Results and … [Read more...]

#MenCallMeThings – The Feminist Twitter Revolution Continues

I honestly don’t have time to blog today. I’m either going to hide in a corner of the house with the grading/reporting I NEED to get done – either  that, or I’m going to go to the university library with a surreptitious cappuccino-intravenous drip and plow through all this work in one fiery hit of bristling virtue. Yeah, yeah. “You wish,” I know. I’ll stay offline for the next forty-eight hours though, until it’s done. Go check out the podcast, should be bloomin’ well … [Read more...]

Additional Sunday Morning Survey – What’s Your #FeministWishList?

It started with Gia Milinovich on Twitter: Along with 'no more rape threats online' the following are a few little things from my #FeministWishList Add yours. Some of the highlights I've spotted include: #FeministWishList Please, don't try to speak for me, whether or not you feel I've made my point the way you would make it. - PenguinGalaxy (who has several great ones) #feministwishlist for people to understand that feminism helps men and boys too - TrishLowdt #FeministWishList Before … [Read more...]

From 40 Days Of Treats – UN States Told They Must Legalise Abortion

Subscribers to the Token Skeptic podcast would have caught up with the 40 Days of Treats campaign - and if you haven't, do check out their site and the proactive strategies to support legalised abortion: The idea behind the “Forty Days of Treats” is to show support by providing gifts of not only cakes and snacks, but also urging postcards and donations for the likes of the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS), whose offices are currently being targeted by the “Forty Days for Life” … [Read more...]

I COULD Just Scream, But Instead I’ll Promote Science – XOJane Health Column On Birth Control

I don't want to do any kind of nasty, mean-spirited post about the news over on Gawker - Ranting Lady Blogger Hates Birth Control, Only Uses Plan B. Of course, it's caught the attention of a few sites you might read already (like XO Jane's Health Editor...are you playing with me? by Scicurious). The article in question is a column called "GET IT TOGETHER, GIRLS: EVERY GODDAMN PHARMACY IN NEW YORK IS OUT OF PLAN B! EVERY ONE!" What I will say is that apart from the casual attitude … [Read more...]

Unwell And The Links That Don’t Help Much (A Bill Cosby Drumming Interlude)

I have a cold. I've just written the Sunday post that I'll schedule for tomorrow morning... but I thought that I should write something here. Something. Oh god my head hurts. And I feel awful as I'm letting someone down about a meeting tomorrow but I don't think I should drive a car let alone be typing anything other than pls get hdache tablts thx into my phone. I could post you links to illusionist Derren Brown talking to Philosopher, author and Open University lecturer Nigel Warburton about … [Read more...]

Politics And Anti-Abortion Efforts On BOTH Sides Of The Pond – On H.R 358

If you're a follower of #EveryThingIDo, you may have noticed that there's a Token Skeptic podcast interview with the articulate and community-minded skeptic Liz Lutgendorff, who along with Carmen D’Cruz started a counter-campaign in response to the '40 Days for Life' called 40 Days of Treats. I've submitted an article to the UK Skeptic based on the interview, so hopefully it'll be out next edition (and you can find out for yourself by subscribing to their fine publication! REALLY good … [Read more...]


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