Feminism

Mike the Mad Biologist

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By way of Atrios, we come across this hideous display of victim blaming: Many of the tragedies mentioned about spring from what I see as a na├»ve faith in the power of the modern sexual revolution. Women today are technically free to do all sorts of things that were forbidden to their grandmothers, which is…

Are There Any Grownup Male Congressmen?

Nope. There must be something in the water in the mens’ bathroom in the House of Representatives: Congressman Bill Young (R-FL), the second ranking Republican on the powerful House Appropriations Committee, is in Italy this week on a congressional delegation. A funny thing happened to the female Foreign Service Officer who organized Young’s entire trip,…

We read about “the dumbest-ass things that any state could possibly do” according to one retired New Orleans judge to prevent prostitution: In their neighborhoods, they are sometimes taunted with dirty looks and jeers. Their pictures hang on the walls of local community centers where their children and grandchildren play. And their names and addresses…

A recent evaluation of M.I.T.’s efforts to redress the underrepresentation of women on its faculty has been discussed widely on the bloggysphere. I don’t have much to add, except that this section from the NY Times’ coverage leapt out at me: Because it has now become all but the rule that every committee must include…

Even movie villians aren’t this twisted. And, no, I’m not making this up (italics mine): Under a GOP-backed bill expected to sail through the House of Representatives, the Internal Revenue Service would be forced to police how Americans have paid for their abortions. To ensure that taxpayers complied with the law, IRS agents would have…

Last week, I described how the Texas Republican party proposed legislation that would require a woman who wants to have an abortion to receive a vaginal exam (two actually). Well, the Texas Democrats at least fought back (which is more than the national Dems ever do): Houston state representative Harold Dutton got the most coverage…

Kirsten Powers attempts to debunk the claim that increased access to contraception prevents unwanted abortions: In the U.S., the story isn’t much different. A January 2011 fact sheet by the pro-abortion rights Guttmacher Institute listed all the reasons that women who have had an abortion give for their unexpected pregnancy, and not one of them…

Science, Gender, and ‘Cleaning Up the Mess’

There’s a very interesting Proceeding of the National Academy of Sciences article, “Understanding current causes of women’s underrepresentation in science” that’s available to the public. Andrew Moseman summarizes it quite well: …Ceci and Williams say, external and social factors–some matters of choice, some not–are the major ones hindering women in science today. Those factors include…

…getting an abortion. Because that seems to be the message from the presidents of the third-year class of the UC Davis veterinary school–with the apparent approval of the Chair of the Department of Medicine & Epidemiology. By way of ScienceBlogling Dr. Isis, the enlightened solons: Dear Colleagues, One of our classmates recently gave birth and…

Amanda Marcotte makes a very interesting observation about the continued popularity of the movie Dirty Dancing: I have to say that actually its popularity probably has little to do with its “innocence” and more to do with its lack of it. What immediately comes across is that this is an extremely sexy movie. But it’s…