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Critical Fandom

One of the astonishing things that has come out in reaction to the Tropes Vs Women Youtube series lately is how strong a reaction some people have to fair criticism. Video games, for example, are a product of our society, and therefore in one way or another are a reflection …

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Suspension of Disbelief: The World’s End

Welcome to suspension of disbelief, a weekly segment where we review movies, books, games and anything that takes our fancy. This week, Eddy doesn’t go on a pub crawl, because everyone should drink responsibly. That said, he does review a movie about one, kind of-ish. The World’s End is the …

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Suspension of Disbelief: Man of Steel

Welcome to suspension of disbelief, a weekly segment where we review movies, books, games and anything that takes our fancy. This week, Eddy kneels before Zod, and then gets back up again, realising that he’s in the wrong movie.

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The Pseudoscience of Victim Blaming 4: Selling Miracles

There’s no whimsical way to start a blog post about terminal diseases, especially in regards to the people trying to make a quick buck out of those stricken with them. The absence of hope that can accompany such a bleak projection can lead to desperation, and that desperation is profitable, …

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Teen Skepchick’s Reality Checks 7.4

Technology to detect moving objects through walls inspires obligatory X-ray vision analogy. (via MIT News) Prince Charles reveals his love for Doctor Who, proving once and for all that homeopaths are people too. (via BBC News) Self-consciousness reaches a physiological peak in adolescence. Nobody is surprised. (via Science Daily) Crocodiles have very …

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The Pseudoscience of Victim Blaming 3: Legitimate Rape

It’s hard to talk about victim blaming without talking about women’s rights, and if there’s something republicans have been very good at in the last few years it’s pointing out how anti-scientific this victim blaming of women is. This goes beyond the already appalling ‘she probably deserved it’ and ‘she …

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The Pseudoscience of Victim Blaming: The Shift of Control

Step one in the disempowerment of self-empowerment is the removal of external influences. The world is a big, scary place, full of bad people, disease, unfortunate circumstances, and the ever-lingering probability that something awful will happen to you. If pretending this isn’t the case is what a particular pseudoscience requires, …

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The Pseudoscience of Victim Blaming: Introduction

We’ve all heard it somewhere before, whether it be through The Secret, through Spirit Science, through self-help books, Oprah, Greg Braden, Theta Healing, and all manner of things that claim to be beneficial, enlightening, or self-empowering – victim blaming, taking the unfairness out of the world by pinning everything that …

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