Edward Strickson's Posts

Cryptophile: Ents

Cryptophile: Ents

Welcome to cryptophile, the series in which I discuss fantastical creatures and the biological mechanisms that might or might not make them plausible. Today I’m going to discuss ents, well, talking and walking creatures that look like trees. Although the ents may be the classic example of this creature that comes to mind, there are equivalents in folklore that predate this name, and go by th... »

Cryptophile: Werewolves

Cryptophile: Werewolves

Welcome to cryptophile, the series in which I discuss fantastical creatures and the biological mechanisms that might or might not make them plausible. Today we’re going to tackle werewolves, a group of extremely sexy men that fall in love with babies at first sight. Or, if you’re not reading Twilight, humans that turn into wolf-like creatures, usually large and bipedal, and usually at ... »

Cryptophile: Griffins

Cryptophile: Griffins

Here at the Skepchick network we love using magical creatures as an excuse to talk about biology. I did it at TS with Tolkien’s giant eagles, Mad Art Lab did it with dragons, and, because it was so much fun, I’ve decided to run with it and start a series of posts about the biology of mythical creatures called cryptophile. Why? Because biology is awesome, and so is folklore. For the few... »

Assassin’s Can’t Be Women?

Assassin’s Can’t Be Women?

Feminism and the video game industry do seem to be clashing a lot recently, don’t they? If the egrigious reaction of the MRA-verse to Feminist Frequency’s series in ‘Tropes vs Women in Video Games’ is anything to go by, we still have a long way to go until the gaming world accepts the fact that 48% of their community is women and therefore deserve to be represented in this ... »

Like a Girl

Like a Girl

This one’s a little personal. I’ve been growing my hair out on and off since I was about thirteen years old. Normal enough for a teenager, especially given my inclination towards metal music, you might think. Yet it was only when I got broad and tall-ish and got stubble that the ‘cut your hair’ heckles died down. There was a time when I would scarcely go a day without a ski... »

In Defence of Giant Ravenous Mutant Super Rats

In Defence of Giant Ravenous Mutant Super Rats

Prior to this morning I had no idea that the United Kingdom was facing an invasion. We’ve had our fair share of them, Celts, Angles, Saxons, Vikings, himalayan balsam, minks, the list goes on really. However, this invasion is apparently from within our shores, by beefed-up super mutant rats. That is, if you want to believe the various articles the ‘Daily Star’ has been publishing... »

The Conquest of Women in Sitcoms

The Conquest of Women in Sitcoms

There’s a disturbing common thread in television which stems from a predatory attitude society should have gotten over years ago. Yes, that sentence could apply to a great many things, particularly when we’re talking about the way the media portrays women, but the American sitcom has a bulging vein running through it that it doesn’t seem able to shake off. Can you shake off a vei... »

Thanks For Proving Our Point

Thanks For Proving Our Point

In light of the recent DDoS attack, I’d like to say something, something that’s always on my mind when feminists are targeted like this. Guys, whoever you are trying to take down these sites, including this one, you’re proving our point. This goes far beyond DDoS. Every time you threaten feminists with rape, or say that they should die for speaking out, you prove our point. And t... »

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