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The Cool Kids: Why To Be One

The Cool Kids: Why To Be One

This last weekend I was at Skeptech along with Skepchick Heina Dadabhoy and many other lovely friends of the network (as well as our fearless leader). Heina was one of the speakers this year and her talk was about becoming one of the “cool kids” online, e.g. how to get followers, become a popular blogger, get people to watch your vids, etc. She had some great tips, but when question ti... »

International Aid to Uganda in Light of Human Rights Violations

International Aid to Uganda in Light of Human Rights Violations

An earlier version of this article was published at In Tanzania.  With Coffee.  In response to recent virulently anti-gay laws passed in Uganda, a lot of nations are cutting off aid to Uganda, or considering doing so.  I don’t think this is a particularly good response.  More to the point, LGBTI organizations in Uganda say this, and they are far more expert than me on the subject. I realize ... »

You’ll Agree With Me When You’re Older

You’ll Agree With Me When You’re Older

Recently (and by recently I mean a month ago) I was in an online argument with someone when they decided to use, as an argument, that I was young and that when I got to be older I would change my mind and come around to my opponent’s point of view. Needless to say, I nope’d out of that conversation too quickly to sum up all the reasons “You’ll agree with me in twenty years&... »

Changing the World, One Small, Doable Action at a Time

Changing the World, One Small, Doable Action at a Time

This is Peace Corps week, and as you darling readers may have noticed, I talk about my Peace Corps service in Tanzania a lot.  It was a wonderful experience, and I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to do volunteer work right, with a long term commitment that allows time to build relationships with a community, and performing only those services that are requested.  We do not do the voluntour... »

Why We Dress How We Do

Why We Dress How We Do

One of the basic discussions in feminism revolves around how women dress. It’s actually a topic that, in my opinion, best illustrates the divides between earlier feminists and modern feminists. Early feminists fought- and still do fight- against clothing like high heels and short skirts being forced onto women. More modern feminists, while agreeing that no woman should be made to feel obliga... »

I choose you, oppression!

I choose you, oppression!

It’s been a long time since I’ve discussed feminism with someone who hasn’t read a word of feminist theory and I use the word ‘discussed’ lightly. Alas my lucky streak ended a few weeks ago when unlike misdemeanours in the past where I angrily begin ranting about something, someone else flew off the handle at me. It’s a harsh shock into the reality of how the wo... »

What actually happened and a rough timeline.

What actually happened and a rough timeline.

Some of you might have been following a huge goddamned blowup that happened recently on the Skepchick main site. For those of you who haven’t seen it, I’m going to give a timeline of the events and what actually happened for you to follow along with. It started with the DDoS Valentine Amy and Elyse made for the DDoSers. After it was published, a friend of mine called out Amy and the re... »

Modesty, Fat Shaming, and Me in a Bikini

Modesty, Fat Shaming, and Me in a Bikini

I’m in Wisconsin right now for a funeral. I am at a hotel, and this hotel has a pool, and this me has a niece whom I was told would insist on swimming. I was told by my mom to bring a swim suit. I brought my favorite one. My favorite swim suit is a bikini (I tend to like girlmoding with swimwear, if only because it’s easier). I was told this was inappropriate. I said, “I’m ... »

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