Girlfight

I was watching Girlfight again last night, and enjoying it infinitely more now that I had a conception of what exactly it takes to learn stance, do lots of jump roping, and try and get the combo punches down (“watch your footwork!” “don’t overextend, snap out, bring it back against your body,” “keep your hand …

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295 Miracles a Day

In this month’s Scientific American, Michael Shermer points out that, per the Theory of Large Numbers, those one-in-a-million miracles happen 295 times a day in America.

The 1/4 Rule

I find the 1/4 rule facinating. According to my social psychology Ph.D. candidate roommate, people believe that women make up 1/2 of any group when only about 1/4 of the group is populated by women. My roomie and I tested this theory on various movies and television shows. The “token” female anchor or female character …

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Ah, China

And, I just have to share an almost blistering review of China Mieville’s latest, Iron Council. As the SF/F genre has a terrible tendency to overhype/overpraise their own, it was nice to see somebody take China to task for some of the purple prose. He’s got some great stuff, fantastic ideas, and I fully intend …

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Pro-choice feminist vs. Pro-abortion Femi-Nazi?

According to this article 52% of Republicans polled believed a woman’s right to choose whether or not to have an abortion was a personal choice, and Roe vs. Wade should not be overturned. However: Substantially fewer Republicans than Democrats defined themselves as “pro-choice” even when they articulated pro-choice values, responding that they believe women “should …

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Same Story

I’ve just finished reading Susan Faludi’s Backlash (yes, I know, it’s a classic I have no excuses for not getting to sooner). It’s a fantastic, slightly exhausting and anger-provoking book about the backlash against women’s rights in the 80s. Now I’m reading about the latest on the mess of sexual harrassment against women and blatantly …

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What’s on my Plate…

via: feministing.com As many as one in ten college women suffer from a clinical or nearly clinical eating disorder, including 5.1% who suffer from bulimia nervosa. According to Washington Post writer Shankar Vedantam, women are over-represented in ads for psychiatric drugs and “are usually shown as being submissive, sexy or asleep.” Nothing sexier than a …

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