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For My Friend With The Douchey Boss

You, my dear friend, have been EXCEEDINGLY ill for weeks, but still making sure everything at work gets covered, via arrangements with colleagues and telecommuting despite being on strict bed rest orders from your doctor. You’re getting slowly better and we, your friends, rejoice at this news. Your douchey boss, however, is hacked off about…

Okay, the actual story is this: if you are an overweight woman you: • May have a harder time getting health insurance or have to pay higher premiums • Are at higher risk of being misdiagnosed or receiving inaccurate dosages of drugs • Are less likely to find a fertility doctor who will help you…

I’m speaking from experience, people, having had most of these lobbed at me one time or another. Please feel free to add to the list in the comments section. 1. “When is the baby due?” I’m not pregnant, you douchebag. I’m fat. If I were pregnant, I’d probably be prancing around telling everyone and her…

What’s Up With The Bombeck Insults?

Last time I checked, Erma Bombeck, when she was alive, was a hugely popular American humorist who wrote a newspaper column and published 15 books, most of which were best sellers. She came from the working class, and made quite a successful career for herself in publishing, at a time when women normally did not…

It’s that time of year again – the time when I begin to contemplate swimsuits, and curse under my breath. You see, the last several years, Mr. Z and I have sworn off birthday, anniversary, and Christmas gifts for each other in lieu of saving our cash for a week-long escape to a sunny, sandy…

But Plumber Chicks Are HAWT!

Last night I was watching tv with Mr. Zuska and the loathsome Kohler’s “Jo’s Plumbing” commercial came on yet again. Plumbing is one of those trades that have been traditionally dominated by men. Women have struggled to gain access to these well-paying jobs. It is a job that takes a women out, often on her…

Let Me Re-direct Your Perspective On That

Via Female Science Professor, ‘Study: Women create ‘their own glass ceiling’: A new study shows female managers are more than three times as likely as their male counterparts to underrate their bosses’ opinions of their job performance. The discrepancy increases with women older than 50, the study states. “Women have imposed their own glass ceiling,…

What’s With The Makeovers?

You are a male physics professor, and you want to improve science education. What could possibly be a better idea than to team up with a bunch of professional cheerleaders and make a video of them shouting out science tidbits while they shake their pompoms? Science cheerleaders! I know, right? You wish you’d thought of…

Following Isis’s Lead…

While I’ve been away from the blogiverse, it appears that you’ve had the misfortune to be treated to all manner of disgusting ads popping up here at ScienceBlogs. Mail Order Brides, Naughty Singles, and I don’t know what all else. Isis has some details here. She says: …if you’ve been visiting me for any length…

I’m visiting with mom this week, taking her to a number of doctor appointments and dealing with some minor medical issues. No time for stuff I promised you like the second post on Chapter 1 of The Gender Knot. So what I want you to do, to pass the time while you wait for me…