Skepticism

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&#... »

Improving our inclusivity (and vocabulary!) regarding ableism

Improving our inclusivity (and vocabulary!) regarding ableism

Content warning: Use of ableist slurs, uncensored. Hello all! As of this post I am one of the newest writers for Teen Skepchick! To kick off my time writing here, I am going to introduce you all to an issue that we have to deal with when the skeptic community and the social justice community intersect, but that is far too often ignored. Namely, ableism as it manifests in a community full of smart ... »

Feminism Made Me An Atheist

Feminism Made Me An Atheist

Over on FtB, Greta recently posted a short little blurb about a comment she received. The comment was encouraging, as it said that the poster had changed his mind about feminism and feminist issues because of the writing, speaking, videos, and concerns of FtB, the Skepchicks, and the overall dialogue that has been taking place in the skeptic community recently. Greta asked for other stories like t... »

Science Sunday: UV Light vs Bacteria

Science Sunday: UV Light vs Bacteria

While looking for a project for this year’s science expo (or science fair as it is called in the States), I came across the most fascinating thing. Airports use UV light hand-dryers in their restrooms.  Now admittedly I do not frequent airports as I rarely fly anywhere so I have not witnessed this first-hand but as we all know the internets never lie *cough cough*. Upon further investigation it be... »

Contradictions Within Religion

Contradictions Within Religion

This new addition to my ongoing series on atheism addresses some of the contradictions that one sees within religion- with particular focus on Christianity and the Bible- as well as touching upon reasons why atheism is the logical presumptive position. It also addresses why many non-theists hold a position of complete non-belief regarding the supernatural due to the application of the same logic. »

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