Wednesday Links – Critical Thinking And Vegetarianism, Psychic Fails, SOPA And More

There's a few "Christmas trees made out of books" pictures online, but this was the only one that I found that took it REALLY seriously in order to make it pretty and tidy. There's even a video about how they made it at the Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center at the University of Nevada, Reno.Thanks to Michael McRae for this find: Vegan Baloney on PYTHAGOREAN CRANK:  Of course, I could just be yet another crank who thinks he’s thinking critically but really conforming it around a cherished bias. But … [Read more...]

Monday Morning Muse – One For My Homegirls Out There

Notice the picture? Get filming!Oh - and this? THIS is the most amazing blog-post on Bigfoot I've ever read. Seriously. Go check it out: Sasquatch watchers following Bigfoot blogs for the latest news on their favorite subject - "New on this scene in the last few years is the community of Bigfoot bloggers... "This blog-post is for certain relatives of the female persuasion who ALL. Have. Birthdays. this time of the year. Yeesh.I am putting a dash of tomato sauce on a slice of toast, k … [Read more...]

Infographic: The Case For Girls And How Advertising Could Help

I like posting these; there's been a few that have caught my eye in the past as a "clever idea" (certainly the one on the great vaccination debate - and who can go past XKCD's laborious efforts to get across complex topics like the economy visually?)This one, however, has had an interesting impact (note - click to embiggen):"The response to Fast Company's recent feature story, "The Case for Girls," has been incredible. First, digital agency AKQA's mock ad campaign became a real-life call to … [Read more...]

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 a … [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 Curi … [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 culture, as well a … [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 boring if it wasn’t so a … [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 Choices (@ … [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 uploaded by now. Better yet … [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 writing my … [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” protest … [Read more...]


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