No. No you did not misspeak.

In case you missed the news flash, Todd Akin, congressman and candidate for Senate in Missouri, is a despicable shitbag who lacks even basic understanding of human biology: “First of all, from what I understand from doctors, (pregnancy from rape) is really rare,” Akin told KTVI-TV in a clip posted to YouTube by the Democratic ...

You know what else is part of the beautiful spectrum of human experience?

Not having kids. Articles like this one seem designed to piss me off and make me pound out ranty things on my keyboard. Yet putting yourself last is one of the best things that can happen to a writer. I make no moral claims for motherhood ­— which can bring out the worst in a person, ...

But don’t do *too* well.

One of the Chinese swimmers has been accused of doping because she swam too well, beating her personal best by seven seconds. Like a “superwoman.” This is the bit out of the article that really bugs me: Ye stunned world swimming on Saturday by winning gold in the 400m individual medley in a world-record time. ...

To Space and Back

When I was ten, this was one of my favorite books. To be honest, at that point it was a little below my reading level. But I didn’t care. It was about Sally Ride. I’d just recently seen The Right Stuff and I remember being so disappointed that there were no girls among the astronauts in ...

Avon called and I didn’t answer.

Someone leaves Avon catalogs in the ladies’ restroom that’s nearest my office. I have no idea who. Sometimes I look at them, because, you know. Anyone who claims they’ve never wanted a little reading material in the bathroom is lying, or possibly just made of plastic. The Avon catalog is something I manifestly Do Not ...

Don’t Use This Argument Because OMG Children Are Starving in Africa

Raise your hand if this is a familiar source of tooth-grinding frustration: “Shame on you for being concerned/upset/worried about thing X, because thing Y is way worse.” (This post started as a comment over at a post Jen wrote about comments Richard Dawkins made. But this annoys me enough, I want to just make it ...

Of Fishnets and Fully Automatic Weapons

ETA on 11.9.14 to note that wow I basically disagree with everything I said in this. WTF, self. Well, other than the fact that this movie is super, super pretty. I saw Sucker Punch yesterday. And I really liked it. Which actually came as something of a surprise to me, since I generally tend to ...

What I’ve been doing lately…

It’s been a busy week… couple of weeks… month… well, from about January on. But I’ve been doing things with my time, at least. For example, today I went to Denver, CO’s Rally for the American Dream. With 3000 of my fellow Coloradoans – including my husband and my parents – I was in good ...

A child should be a choice 5

Today I hung my No On 62 sign on my patio door. I don’t actually have a yard, so yard signs aren’t really possible. I also got my Blue Book today, which I tore in to immediately. Mostly because I was curious about what the Blue Book had to say about Amendment 62, since the ...

PZ wants opinions from us womens 2

At Pharyngula: the Woman Problem It’s actually very refreshing to see someone from the male half of the species asking this question and requesting opinions. From a feminist standpoint, I’ve long considered PZ to be an ally to the cause (and a feminist himself) so he hasn’t disappointed me here. I already voiced my opinion ...