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Today is the 100th Anniversary of International Women’s Day, founded to celebrate the achievements of women. Founded in Europe to advocate for greater participation of women in the public sphere, International Women’s Day focuses heavily on those public sphere accomplishments of women – as political leaders, in education, in activism. Those are important and powerful…

In my recent essay “300 Years of Fossil Fuels and Not One Bad Gal” I wrote: …a narrative in which women’s entry in the workforce is responsible for our dramatic rise in fossil fuel consumption and carbon emissions can look superficially like a tool for those who would prefer that women go back home and…

If you haven’t seen this video by Richard Heinberg and the Post Carbon Institute, you should. In a lot of ways it is an excellent summary of the history of fossil fuels, entertainingly and creatively done. In some ways, it is extremely valuable as a basic educational piece. I’m very impressed with the clarity of…

Poultry is a Feminist Issue?

First of all, may I ask which New York Times editor was responsible for permitting the coinage “femivore” to pass into language. Talk about illiterate (linguistically a “femivore” would be someone who ate women) and uneuphonious – yes, yes, I get that you want to get a Michael Pollan reference in there somehow, but come…

In 2005, my first widely republished article was entitled “Peak Oil is a Women’s Issue” and detailed the ways that material realities for women were likely to change in an energy depleted world. I got more than a 100 emails after I wrote that piece, mostly falling into two camps – either “Wow, I never…

I Want to Be Erma Bombeck

I’ve always meant to write a post with this title, but somehow never got around to it. Then I saw The-always-amazing-Zuska’s latest about the way that Erma Bombeck’s name is being used to derogate people as being unserious and tied somehow to domestic life. Somehow I hadn’t realized that “Bombeck” was an insult – although…

I was about to post the Chocolate-Banana Bread Pudding recipe that I left out of my food waste post, when I found myself worrying a little bit about whether posting recipes is appropriate for my new forum. You see, I tend to think of Scienceblogs with the first syllable pronounced just like Thomas Dolby in…