In which I am bewildered by Boobquake

Not the actual Boobquake concept. I follow Jen’s blog and Twitter and was pretty much up on the thing as it developed. I find it quite amusing, really. I’m not planning to participate myself; if nothing else, the few articles of clothing I own that show off my cleavage are most definitely Not Work Appropriate. ...

A guy’s take on gender performance

Jock Homo: How Gay is the Super Bowl? is an article that made me giggle. A lot. But it’s also an interesting look at the culture of masculinity and – the reference hit me like a sucker punch, since I hadn’t been expecting in an opinion piece about football, of all things – the “performative” ...

Diamonds are interesting, but I have no desire to take them to the movies.

Interesting post here about “The facts about diamonds.” The author of the post mostly focuses on the cultural/social aspects of diamonds, and for the most part I agree with him. I’ve always found jewelry commercials in general irritating, and even more so the ones that dig up the rotting corpse of “diamonds are a girl’s ...

A handful of links 2

Abortion and breast cancer: The manufacturversy that won’t die – Orac takes a look at this steaming pile of BS. I remember the last time the awful people with the giant mutilated fetus posters were making life miserable on campus, they were pushing this claim. And seemed very puzzled that I was angry they were ...

More on the Boobies

What Orac has to say about the new USPSTF recommendations on breast cancer screening: Whether the cost is worth it or not comes down to two levels. First and foremost, what matters is the woman being screened, what she values, and what her tolerance is for paying the price of screening at an earlier age, ...

Everyone’s favorite: Boobies.

From Skepchick: No, Ladies, the New Breast Cancer Guidelines Aren’t Patronizing I mean, not a lot for me to say here. I agree. The guidelines aren’t patronizing. From the AP article about this: “Overall, I think it really took courage for them to do this,” she said. “It does ask us as doctors to change ...

What, you mean my ladybrain can do math?

The Math Gap The majority of the girls who have been chosen to represent the United States in international mathematics competitions come from a set of about 20 high schools with elite math teams. This extreme concentration of talent strongly indicates the crucial role that environmental factors, not just innate ability, play in shaping the ...

Save the Weenies!

Penis tissue replaced in the lab You know, this story just begs for clever things to be said about it, ranging from the cute to sarcastic, about the surgical answer to bunny Viagra. But honestly, today I don’t have the heart, which is sad because I’m sure I could normally think of an at least ...

Women at TAM (SGU interview)

There’s a lively discussion going on at Skepchick regarding women in skepticism. More precisely, women in skepticism as things went at TAM, which was discussed in this week’s Skeptic’s Guide to the Universe via interview. Here is the SGU forum thread about that episode, which contains a lot of discussion about the interview. I did ...