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Evidence and Rape Culture: A Response to Justin Vacula

Justin Vacula. Oh Justin, Justin. Why did you have to write an article that denied rape culture and leave it there for me to read first thing in the morning after only getting 6 hours of sleep? I mean really? Because you know what that means? It means I have …

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Angry Feminism

Ellie Mae O’Hagan wrote an article recently at the Guardian suggesting that feminism should not lose sight of its anger in an attempt to look and sound pleasing. In response, she’s gotten a lot of people telling her that she’s policing, that she’s lost in an image of feminism as …

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My Boobs Do Not Define My Worth

Warning: some adult content. Someone on my facebook page recently posted this link to a counterpoint over all the flurry about how sexist and racist and generally horrible the Oscars were. The gist of the article is that the opening song “We Saw Your Boobs” is essentially right, because no …


Protecting the Young Protects No One

If you in fact are our targeted audience of young, skeptical adults, then I’m sure all of you have had the experience of a parent or other adult loved one hiding something from you in order to “protect you”. Young people who are curious, perceptive, and intelligent often have the …

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Genetically modified salmon: food or “frankenfish”?

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is close to approving genetically modified (GM) salmon as a food with no significant environmental impact. These fish, popularly dubbed as “frankenfish” in several news reports, produce higher levels of growth hormone. This makes them easier to farm, because they grow much faster than …

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You Believe In God, You Just Don’t Know It

(This is crossposted from Hubpages) As you may know, I also blog over on hubpages, and I recently agreed to answer some questions for a pastor over there about my beliefs as an atheist. Ya know, for improved understanding between our communities and stuff. Overall, it was a very good …

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Oscillo: Old Mistakes, Modern Myths

In 1917, the Spanish flu killed off huge swathes of the population–more than the first world war had. It was terrifying, and everyone wanted a solution, right now. And Joseph Roy thought he had it. When looking at the blood of flu patients, he noticed what appeared to be a …


Science says…

As someone who’s quite interested in science, I tend to notice when scientific papers and scientists are quoted in the media. News papers and magazines often use these papers or statements to support a story, or choose to spin the originals into a news-worthy story. It’s really nice to see …