Archives for June 2, 2009

Is there a rape switch?

This question is shorthand for a larger and more nuanced set of questions that has emerged over the last 24 hours here and here as people engage in this very interesting and important discussion about rape, especially wartime rape and related post-apocalyptic rape cultures. “The switch” is a term I first heard from a student,…

The Cow Anthem …

… is not entirely accurate scientifically, but it is very inspiring. Hat tip: Miss Cellania And while you are over at Miss Cellania’s place, check out this scary video.

PZ Myers has called for help on this one, as it’s a tough cookie. One New Snow Dot Com has a crazy yahooistic poll asking your opinion on LGBT Pride Month. Check out PZ’s site for the state of the poll earlier today, then click through to vote.

Hat Tip: Miss Cellania

Math gender gap is not genetic

Or to put it more accurately, yet another study seems to show that girls learn from their teachers, parents, and peers that they are not supposed to be good at math. Sterotypes can be fulfilled. Pleas stop doing that, everyone. Here is some press on this story. University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers continue to find evidence…

Evolution Blog Carnival

Carnival of Evolution #12 is up and swimming at Deep Sea News, and it’s a good one.

What I had for lunch today.

I am having lunch in an eatery, a cafeteria sort of place, where you get your food, pay at the cash register, and sit down somewhere. At one table is a woman reading. At another table there is a young man eating a muffin. At another table is a pair of women having a quiet…

-Activists concerned by this year’s escalation of sexual violence in eastern Congo are trying to turn up the heat on those benefitting–directly or indirectly–from illicit mineral extractions. “Conflict minerals power our entire electronic industry,” John Prendergast, co-founder of the Enough Project, told U.S. senators at a May 13 hearing on sexual violence in eastern Congo…

Latest Posts on Quiche Moraine

Quiche Moraine, the blog by Stephanie, Mike, Ana and Me, with frequent guest posts, has some new stuff and some old stuff I’d like to point out. This week’s guest post spot is taken by Stephanie herself, as part of the Silence is the Enemy blog swarm: Legacy of War Civilization is a necessary casualty…

Bachmann implies that killing doctors and other terrorist acts is the expression of a “difference in opinion,” and that people who are against killing doctors is merely an “interest group”. She calls for the investigation of those who would call right wing killers “terrorists.” Read more here. Bachmann’s comments are in response to Janet Napolitano’s…