Skepticism

The Not So Beautiful Game: In Which Our Intrepid Narrator Validates his Ideological Convictions via Reality Television, Name Drops, and then Blames the Internet for Mental and Societal Ills

The Not So Beautiful Game: In Which Our Intrepid Narrator Validates his Ideological Convictions via Reality Television, Name Drops, and then Blames the Internet for Mental and Societal Ills

Content warning: Besides the usual misogyny, we have suicidal ideation. Terminology warning:  I am so over the term pick up.  For one thing, I’m never entirely certain whether it should be one word or two, and if the latter, is it hyphenated?  Also, we already have the perfectly delightful word libertine to describe these people.  So I think I’m going to use that instead from here on. ... »

The Not So Beautiful Game Step 4: In Which our Narrator Talks about Himself

The Not So Beautiful Game Step 4: In Which our Narrator Talks about Himself

Step 4: Disarm the Obstacles.  Nothing has happened in these 50 pages, so we can all go home early today.  What’s the point of having a book structured in 12 steps if there isn’t enough content for so many sections?  Our filler fluff is surprisingly self-aggrandizing, since it’s all about how all the “gurus” of the pick up movement are now all competing to have Style.... »

The Not So Beautiful Game Step 3: In Which Our Narrator Gets Close to Thinking of Women as People, but Veers Off Very Expectedly into Rapiness

The Not So Beautiful Game Step 3: In Which Our Narrator Gets Close to Thinking of Women as People, but Veers Off Very Expectedly into Rapiness

We have reached a need for content warnings, I think.  No actual rape, but very rapey attitudes and opinions are expressed. On a tangential, but unrelated note, I was in Austin, TX, recently, and apparently many famous movie stars live there, including but not limited to Sandra Bullock.  I was informed of this by a gentleman, expressing disbelief that a person such as her ex (who was described in ... »

The Not So Beautiful Game Step 2: In Which a Good Stiff Motivational Speech Might Be in Order

The Not So Beautiful Game Step 2: In Which a Good Stiff Motivational Speech Might Be in Order

I continue reading Neil Strauss’ The Game.  Step 2 is Approach and Open.  Are you ready?  Are you ready for this?  Are you hanging on the edge of your seat? In this section, we abandon our frame narrative for some point in the past When it All Began (TM).  Our intrepid narrator Style attends a workshop from renowned (?) pick up artist Mystery.  Mystery’s credentials consist of a manila... »

The Not so Beautiful Game Step 1: An Uncompelling Frame Narrative Stigmatizes Mental Illness

The Not so Beautiful Game Step 1: An Uncompelling Frame Narrative Stigmatizes Mental Illness

I have started reading Neil Strauss’ The Game.  I have heard this is the defining literary work of the pick up artist movement/subculture/whatever and while I have heard a lot of bad comments about it, I have never actually read it.  With the exception of Twilight, I do attempt to actually be somewhat familiar with the stuff I say bad things about it, so I borrowed it from a friend who assur... »

The Difference Between Banning and DDoS

The Difference Between Banning and DDoS

As you may have noticed, the whole Skepchick network has been down recently thanks to a DDoS attack. It was pretty much a pain in the ass, but as of this point in time we’re all doing swimmingly and the network is back up. However in the process of getting back up and explaining what was happening, there were some folks out there who said that we were pretty much asking for it because we wri... »

Why Skepticism needs Social Justice, and a call to arms

Why Skepticism needs Social Justice, and a call to arms

It is commonly questioned why skepticism and critical thinking need social justice– or, not even need social justice, but benefit from utilizing it at all. I’m here to argue that skepticism doesn’t just benefit from social justice, but that yes, it needs it. I’ve been watching a lot of Star Trek lately. Almost to an obsessive extent, except without the almost. I’m rel... »

Skepticism as Survival

Skepticism as Survival

Content Warning: Suicide and depression discussion Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional, nor is this medical advice. If you are considering suicide, please call the (US) suicide hotline at 1-800-273-8255 or the relevant hotline for your country. For some people, skepticism is a hobby. For some it is a way of life. For me, it is why I am alive. Spoiler alert: I have depression. Or… I&#... »

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