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By now, perhaps, you are aware of the uproar about the ScienceBlogs corner of the bloggysphere. PepsiCo has bought started a blog here, called Food Frontiers. Many are unhappy, bloggers and commenters alike. Read PalMD’s take, and commenters there, for one perspective. One of the potential disadvantages [of a blog network] is advertising and sponsorship.…

ZOMBIE WOMEN UNITE!!!!!!!!

BREAK THE CHAINS!!! UNLEASH THE FURY OF ZOMBIE WOMEN AS A MIGHTY FORCE FOR REVOLUTION!!!!! Zombie women of the world, I ask you: why are we content to shamble aimlessly along behind our brethren, following them willy-nilly, eating the leftover brains, and cleaning up after they senselessly destroy some village? Would it kill them to…

While I was at work on this whole work-life balance stuff, a raging conversation sprung up on the WMST-L listserv about domestic workers and whether feminist women should or should not hire someone to clean their houses and help take care of their kids. (The discussion is still going on.) Some of the more interesting…

March is women’s history month, but don’t let that circumscribe your fun. You can get together with a posse of your like-minded women friends and mock mansplainers anytime. Now, I know many of you have just recently learned that there even existed a name you could attach to this annoying behavior plaguing your existence. Believe…

This is the third and final part of a multi-part presentation of a sample chapter from a forthcoming book, The Madame Curie Complex. Part One can be found here. Part Two can be found here. Recently I was approached with an offer to share with my readers a sample chapter from a forthcoming book called…

This is part two of a multi-part presentation of a sample chapter from a forthcoming book, The Madame Curie Complex. Part One can be found here. Part Three can be found here. Recently I was approached with an offer to share with my readers a sample chapter from a forthcoming book called The Madame Curie…

This is part one of a multi-part presentation of a sample chapter from a forthcoming book, The Madame Curie Complex. Part Two can be found here. Part Three can be found here. This is something a little different for TSZ. Recently I was approached with an offer to share with my readers a sample chapter…

Penny Richards has created a new purse, available on her Etsy site. Here’s some info about it she shared with me (details about the purse construction available on the site): [the purse honors] Melba Roy, a Howard University graduate (undergrad and masters) who was a mathematician at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in the 1960s.…

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…

Lives of the Saints of Science: Darwin

Part of my socialization into the world of science and engineering was, of course, the worship of great and important historical figures in the professions who, naturally, just happened to all be white males. This socialization was an informal, even casual, process – passing references in the introductory matter of various textbooks; framed portraits and…