Teen Skepchick's Reality Checks

Reality Checks: the Espionage Act, Face-Eating Pet, Title IX Turns 45, and Upside-Down Lightning

How the Espionage Act became a tool of repression. (via JSTOR Daily) Would your pet eat if you died? (A word of warning: This gets a little gross.) (via National Geographic) Title IX, the law that is supposed to ensure equal educational opportunities for girls and boys, turns 45 this …

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Reality Checks: Women’s Health Care, Healing Stickers, Eclipse Blindness, and Egg Shapes

Surprise! The Senate health care bill is bad for women. (via Vox) “Bio-frequency healing” stickers are a load of BS. As if anyone needed to tell you that. (via Jezebel) How an eclipse can fry your eyes. (via Scientific American) Scientists may have figured out how eggs get their shape. …

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Guest Posts

Guest Post – Trying to Get Therapy: Asking Questions Beyond “How Long Have You Been Practicing?”

A guest post by Chihaya: If you’re thinking about trying to get therapy, I recommend Gruntled and Hinged’s guide as a starting point. I want to add to this some scripts for asking sensitive questions and ending therapy if it turns out it’s not a good match. The Backstory: I’m …

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Reality Checks: LGBT Human Rights Victory, the Dynamics of Cow Herds, Bias in Terrorism Reporting, and the Status of Black Women in America

The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that Russia’s “gay propaganda” law is illegal, surprising exactly no one. (via Jezebel) Mathematicians have modeled the surprisingly complex dynamics of…cow herds. (via Wired) There’s bias in how we talk about terrorism. (via NPR) A new report details the status of black …

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Reality Checks: Believing Bill Cosby, Witch Hunting, Ushering in the Matriarchy via Wonder Woman, and the Wonders of the Deep

It’s time we start believing men when they admit they committed sexual assault. (via Vox) Make witch hunts great again. (via The Washington Post) Wonder Woman was created to get boys used to the matriarchy. (via Wired) Exploring the deep sea off the coast of Australia. (via NPR) Featured image …

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Reality Checks: Ignoring Students’ Mental Health, Students’ Constitutional Rights, Condemning the Alt-Right, and Fighting Fake News with AI

Academia ignores mental health issues among students, and that’s a big problem. (via The Guardian) How far do students’ rights extend in school? (via The New York Times) What it means for the Southern Baptist Convention to unanimously condemn the alt-right. (via Vox) Can humans expect AI to fight fake …

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Reality Checks: Convincing Parents to Vaccinate, Stressed-Out Coral, Dehumanizing Language, and the Retreat of Zika

It takes more than facts to get people to vaccinate their kids. (via FiveThirtyEight) Concern and optimism for the future of the planet’s coral reefs. (via Popular Science) Why dehumanizing language matters. (via Vox) Is Zika still a thing? (via NPR) Featured image credit: gorfor via Flickr

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Teen Skepchick's Reality Checks

Reality Checks: Tampons Through Security, Presidential Twitter-Blocking, the Role Gender Plays in Asking Questions, and the Creation of Bigfoot

In which tampons cause a security alert. (via BBC) It’s probably not unconstitutional for Trump to block people on Twitter. Probably. (via Vox) The role of gender in asking questions. (via astrobites) Consumerism created Bigfoot. (via JSTOR Daily) Featured image credit: Eric E Castro via Flickr

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