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How To Train Women For Their Futures

Martin Rundkvist has kindly posted for us all a photo of a gender-training kit now available in stores. Don’t delay! You’ll want to make sure your daughter or niece learns her place in life early on. If she insists on a career, let her know that maids are in need in all hotels and many…

The Biology of Pink

Perhaps you don’t remember an entry I wrote about a year ago titled Pink Is For Boys, Blue Is For Girls. I linked to a Fairer Science post that was debunking a Times Online editorial suggesting girls had a biologically determined preference for “pink fluff”. Fairer Science quoted a June 1918 edition of Ladies Home…

Tell Me Your Barbie Story

So, I can’t sleep because I’m very worried about my mom right now. I won’t bore you with details; she’s okay for the moment but a lot is weighing on my heart. The upshot is, you get a post about Barbie dolls. Yes, Barbie dolls. Inspired by Keet & Nini, whose site I found by…

You can study it scientifically, gather the data, analyze it, publish it in Science, and have it discussed on NPR. But by golly, if you are asking us to give up cherished stereotypical beliefs about male and female nature, then you can just take your data and shove it, mister! You are wrong, wrong, wrong,…

Ashley Likes Science! But Not Isabella

When I lived in North Carolina, I got to know a woman who worked in one of the Research Triangle labs. She had a baby girl, and I occasionally baby-sat for her. She had named her daughter Melina, which I thought was an incredibly beautiful name for a little girl. I remarked upon this one…

Many of my Sciblings have a regular Friday feature of one sort or another. For example, Dr. Free-Ride’s got her Friday sprog-blogging, and there’s Orac’s Friday Dose of Woo over at Respectful Insolence. Karmen has Friday Fractals at Chaotic Utopia, which are particularly fun. So I’m thinking of trying out my own Friday feature, which…

You’ll recall I posted about fellow Scibling Shelley Batts’s run-in with Wiley over fair use of a figure and graph from a journal article. This incident created quite a firestorm in the blogosphere. You’ll find a good summary and a nice link roundup provided by Bora over at A Blog Around The Clock. It’s a…

A Pox on “Cathy”

I have never been a huge fan of the comic strip “Cathy”. In the comic strip office world, I had Dilbert on one hand, as exemplar for engineers, and Cathy on the other hand, as the model for professional working women. Neither was particularly appealing to me. Dilbert personifies all the negative geekoid engineering stereotypes,…

Jane Curry was at the Penn State – Abington campus today to perform her one-woman play, “Just Say Know” as one of the Women’s History Month events on the campus. A word about Jane: her website describes her as “an author, storyteller, performer, and recovering academic”. She is indeed all of those, and more. She’s…

Primatology Tells a New Story

The other day I wrote Previously, primate groups were generally seen to be composed of harems, ignoring the active roles of females in mate choice and aggressive sexual behavior with multiple mates. But the entry of women with a feminist perspective into this field opened up the kinds of observations that were made. Another great…