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While I’m loving @nparmalee, I thought I’d repost a short series of tweets where she asks a really good question, and one that I don’t have an answer to. There’s a lot of talk re: women in science and accepting alternate timelines, & I think this is great. I am very anachronistic. That reqs explanation…

Some days the intertubes are not good for my blood pressure. Today was one of those days. It started when my email contained a plea from the National Women’s Law Center sent me an email with the title “Breaking News: Abortion at Risk in Health Care Reform” “As you are reading this, there’s language on…

Is a mother in labor a child abuser?

If she lives in New Jersey, she might be. Because apparently, refusing a C-section (and then successfully vaginally delivering a healthy baby) and acting “combative” “erratic” and “noncompliant” during labor is considered child abuse and neglect and is grounds for the New Jersey Division of Youth and Family Services (NJ DYFS) to immediately take away…

The Moon Opera (A book review)

This slim novel by author Bi Feiyu takes the reader inside the world of the Peking Opera, after the Cultural Revolution and at the dawn of capitalism in China. Xiao Yanqui rashly lost her place in the opera company just when her star was rising, but now, 20 years later, she’s been given a chance…

Have you seen Ethan Siegel? He’s the blogger behind Starts with a Bang. The guy has got a lot of hair! And he’s offering to shave his head if 100 unique commenters each give at least $10 dollars or 4 hours of their time to the charity of their choice. What a great way to…

Don’t worry I’ll be back to the course design series soon, but I spent yesterday focused on other things (paper revisions, grant proposals) and I haven’t completed the necessary work to get the next post up. And it’s Friday, so let’s divert to lighter equally serious but different topics. As the mother of a toddler…

Dear student who left a 3 oz. blob of ketchup right where people step out of the stairway and into the hallway, The dozens of people who will have to sidestep your mess this afternoon do not appreciate you and your laziness. There are bathrooms with paper towels 15 m away from the spot where…

After the weekend, I’ll be back with a follow up to the post on my progress towards tenure, and I’ll try to address some of the substantive and thought-provoking comments that you all have raised. But, here in the States, it’s already a holiday weekend, and so for today, I’ll punt and take on a…

Have you ever bought an album and discovered a song so dark, so sad that it makes you physically uncomfortable to listen to it? What do you do then? Can you stand to hear it or do you skip the track in favor of something a little lighter? For me, the songs that twist my…

Silence is the Enemy: In my backyard

Recall that for the month of June, a group of bloggers are trying to draw attention to the horror of violence against women and girls across the globe. Along this theme, I could write about sex tourism in Mombasa (a direct result of increased regulations in Cambodia) or the conversations about legalising sex work so…