Monthly Archive: May 2013

May 31 2013

The Best of the Cochrane Collaboration

The Cochrane Collaboration is an international group of 28,000 volunteers who sit around organizing research, examining the evidence behind medicine and therapeutic techniques, writing easy to read summaries of their findings, and generally improving the state of information. And nobody told me about it. Guys, I’m so disappointed. There I am, at work, hunting down …

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May 29 2013

Ashley’s SkepchickCON / CONvergence 2013 Panel Schedule


I’m a little worried — these are all new topics for me to be addressing to a crowd.  But I’m also very excited because British media, YA literature, and mental illness are all things I am deeply passionate about but don’t spend a lot of time here on this blog discussing.  So!  I hope you …

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May 28 2013

How Not To Be a Jerk to the Future of Your Movement

These guys make it possible. (And make funny faces.)

(This post could be more accurately titled How Not To Be a Jerk To, Like, Anyone Younger Than You, but the skepto-atheist movement is actually one where we can directly see how young students and activists are making waves. Also, they’re the ones reading this.) It’s no secret that the secular movement has grown into …

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May 26 2013

[Monday Miscellany] Accessibility, Mental Health, and Atheist Churches?

It’s Monday, and I don’t have work! I’m celebrating by refusing to get out of bed. Chris Hofstader wrote about his experience as a blind man at Women in Secularism. This community has quite a ways to go in providing accessibility for all. I cannot blame the conference coordinators for the behavior of the attendees but this …

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May 23 2013

[Archive] Why Atheism Inspires Me to Seek Social Justice

Today, a repost. Last year, Ian Cromwell started a series asking atheists at large to contribute what being an atheist has done to improve their lives. Though I was not raised in a particularly religious fashion—a progressive take on Catholicism, followed by the epitome of spiritual-but-not-religious—my involvement in the secular movement and active identification as an atheist …

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May 22 2013

WiS and Liveblogging Wrap-Up

PROOF: We're not actually the same person.

I’m back! Women in Secularism was excellent. I’m catching up on everything I left alone while I was gone and have a bigger post in the works, so you’ll have to forgive me for the short summary and links. Liveblogs: Opening Remarks Faith-Based Pseudoscience. [Another from Jason] Amanda Marcotte [Jason] Rebecca Goldstein [Jason] Women Leaving …

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May 19 2013

Taking it Personally: Privilege and Women in Secularism

Illustration by Tom Gauld for The Guardian

There is a tendency for people to take criticism of ideas personally.  It’s true of all people, though I noticed it particularly this weekend at the Women in Secularism conference.  People also have a bad habit of criticizing individuals rather than their ideas.  I do not claim freedom from this tendency, although I do work …

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May 19 2013

[#wiscfi] Who Speaks for Feminism?

Second to last thing! Elisabeth Cornwell will be speaking about who speaks for feminism. This could be….interesting? I’m not sure where it’s going. 11:08 Here we go! Elisabeth is thanking everyone in the CFI staff. They’re pretty freaking great. Elisabeth learned a great deal this weekend, and talks about how important it is that we …

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May 18 2013

[#wiscfi] Liveblog: How Women’s Concerns Can Best Be Advanced within the Context of a Secular Agenda

Here we go! Panelists: Soraya Chemaly, Susan Jacoby, Amanda Marcotte, Katha Pollitt Moderator: Jamila Bey 2:43 Jamila: So. Personhood. (She said a longer thing, but I was busy collecting my sanity.) Amanda: Personhood is the idea of giving a fetus more rights than human beings (because humans can’t feed off of each other to survive right …

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May 18 2013

[#wiscfi] Liveblog: Gender Equality in the Secular Movement

Second panel of the day! I just got here…and left my phone in the hotel. Womp womp. Also, there’s a whole tub of hummus next to the projector. CAN I HAZ? On the panel: Stephanie Zvan, Debbie Goddard, Ophelia Benson, Elizabeth Cornwell. Moderator: Greta Christina Stephanie introduces herself as perhaps most known for suggesting anti-harassment …

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