The Not So Beautiful Game, Step 11 and Last: In Which Our Narrator Dispenses Parting Cliches

As this, “Manage Expectations,” is the final step, one might be tempted to think that a great denouement might loom.  Some things do actually change, but most things don’t.  We open with the various denizens of the mansion in Hollywood holding a housemeeting to mediate between Herbal and Mystery with …

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Depending on What you Mean by Love

There’s a great line in Madama Butterfly, after Pinkerton is asked if he actually loves his newly purchased (literally, for 100 yen) Japanese wife, and he replies “Well, it depends on what you mean by love.”   Of course, the point is to continue to illustrate what a truly terrible person …

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Awesome Sauce Music Friday! Astrology, that Junk is Bunk Edition

Do you hear that? In the distance. The thumping bass. The harmony. It’s…it’s Awesome Sauce Music Friday! I know it’s been a few weeks, but when one of my favorite YouTubers comes out with a new video I just have to share it. Bonus point when the video is a …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …


The ‘Schism’ in Skepticism

Over the last few years, and especially since the event known as “Elevatorgate,” we’ve seen a drastic increase in the visibility of sexism within the skeptic/atheist movements. It has been the focus of many conversations, and many eyes have been following the developments of people coming out against sexist behaviour …


Arguments vs Debates

There is a lot of argument in our community right now. To be perfectly honest, I feel a little bit like I’m back in junior high, listening to a “he said, she said” except this time there’s pictures and links and rape threats and death threats and the pettiness is …