Teen Skepchick's Reality Checks

Reality Checks: Boy Bikes and Girl Bikes, Shipwreck Accuracy, Regulating Women’s Clothes, and Cultural Mormonism

How “boy” and “girl” bikes reinforce the gender binary. (via Sociological Images) Turns our the shipwreck in “The Little Mermaid” isn’t very accurate. (via Slate) A brief history of regulating what women wear. (via New York Times) Being “culturally Mormon” is apparently a thing. (via NPR) Featured image credit: Bike …

Teen Skepchick's Reality Checks

Reality Checks: A Safe Space Explainer, Virus in Pieces, Women in the Senate, and Waiting for a Page to Load

What a “safe space” is and why we need them. (via Vox) Scientists have found a virus that changes the way we think about how a virus infects its host. (via NPR) We could see a record number of women in the Senate in November. (via The Guardian) How science …

Teen Skepchick's Reality Checks

Reality Checks: Bunny Farming, Sex Ed Signing, Think Before Donating, and War Crimes against History

Bunny Farming before the Aztecs.  (via Ars Technica) Sign language sex ed. (via NPR) Thoughtless donations in times of crisis are a problem.  (via CBS) Destroying world heritage sites is now a war crime. (via Huffington Post) Featured image credit: Steelman204 via flickr

Teen Skepchick's Reality Checks

Reality Checks: How Talking about Weight Effects Teens, the Wrong Remnant, LGBT Rights in College, and Chimps Policing Freeloaders

Weigh and diet talk aren’t good for teens, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. (via Slate) Turns out, this is not the supernova remnant you’re looking for. (via National Geographic) A California lawmaker is going after LGBT discrimination by religious colleges and universities. (via NPR) Chimpanzees know how to …


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Cryptophile: Cerberus

Welcome to cryptophile, the series in which I discuss fantastical creatures and the biological mechanisms that might or might not make them plausible. I’m back from a self-imposed hiatus after finishing my master’s degree and trying to get my gender issues to be recognised by my country. But all that …



Religion and Spirituality

Constructive Criticism: Christian Advertising

I write blog posts on the terrible ways (tracts, street preachers) Christians attempt to convince me that their religion is the best.  It is easy to identify problems.  It is less easy, though often more important, to identify better solution. So.  What I would prefer to see Christians doing, instead …



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Cryptophile: Hobbits

Welcome to cryptophile, the series in which I discuss fantastical creatures and the biological mechanisms that might or might not make them plausible. In my always-timely fashion it’s only been over three months since my last post. Evidently being unemployed does not necessarily mean you have time on your hands. …




In Which I Attend a Sex Toy Party and Experience a Sharp Pain in my Feminism

Apparently something women do in the US is have parties in their homes in which merchants sell stuff to all their friends.  Sometimes these merchants are selling sex toys. I was invited to one such party by a coworker. For an event claiming to entertain, empower, and educate women (and …