Femmostroppo Reader 29th March 2014

Those who follow me on Twitter may have already seen a fair few of these:

George Brandis’ Racial Discrimination Act changes create the whitest piece of legislation I’ve ever encountered
Waleed Aly in the SMH

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Skepchick | He Said, She Said, He Sues: The Ongoing Saga of Ben Radford & K
Ongoing saga indeed.

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Skepchick | Guest Post: Stop Judging Me for Being on Welfare
What it’s really like to be a single mother on welfare

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On Shaming People Online “For Their Own Good” » Brute Reason
It almost never is actually meant to be good for them, is it?

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I Was Wrong, and So Are You – Daniel B. Klein – The Atlantic
An oldie but a goodie where a researcher whose initial results confirmed his biases didn’t leave it at that, and discovered much more interesting data as a result.

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thing I’m pissed off about today: token-girl movie posters (and movies) | FlickFilosopher
The Smurfette principle is still going strong.

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The Fault Is Not in Our Technology » Almost DiamondsThe real problem with GM crops is not the tech.

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HOWTO design a code of conduct for your community | The Ada Initiative
A resource to bookmark.

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Let the fate of Richard Dawkins be a lesson to you all – Twitter brings out the worst in humankind
This draws some long bows from a single example, but he’s right that someone ought to be telling RD that Twitter is not his best medium.

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For sure » Butterflies and Wheels
Beware of conventional wisdom [content note: discusses rape myths/culture]

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Beware of This Dangerously Convincing Google Docs Phishing Scam
Your semi-regular reminder to double-check the little things happening in your browser

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Skepchick | Dear Guy Who Wants Me to Stop Talking About FeminismRebecca Watson doesn’t think his arguments are convincing.

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Historically Authentic Sexism in Fantasy. Let’s Unpack That. | Tor.com
A flashback to Tansy Rayner Roberts’ excellent article

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Andrew Bolt Cries Crocodile Tears | newmatilda.com
Andrew Bolt: Australia’s least accurate columnist?
The first link is this week’s, the second link is from 3 years ago

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No, Nate, brogrammers may not be macho, but that’s not all there is to it —
Your regular reminder that success and expertise is one area is not a sign that one is therefore an expert in others.  Nate Silver’s new media endeavour is garnering the sort of controversy that is the opposite of clickbait. (and there’s more)

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Evidence of inflation: Astronomers detect gravitational waves from the early universe
A whole bunch of hypotheses just got discarded – how exciting!

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Debate Is Not Inquiry » Almost Diamonds
Having a Reasonable Debate About Abortion » Greta Christina’s Blog
Abortion is not a debate. » Biodork
Should “potential fathers” have any say in abortion? | Consider the Tea Cosy
Dear friend: Words have meanings. | perry street palace
These posts are about the fetishisation of debate as the one true way to convince others to revise beliefs – I wrote about it too recently.

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Julie Pagano – Ally Smells: Boundaries
Excellent post to explain boundary-setting to those new to the concept. Bookmark this one.

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#20tweets on the science of #climatechange (a storify)
tweeted by @lee_tennant, storified by me

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Sunday Are the Worst
In the USA, where restaurant servers get paid sod-all and there are no mandated weekend or holiday penalty rates, servers dread Sundays because that’s when they get stiffed on their tips by a particularly sanctimonious set of the after-church crowd.

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So, what have you found worth reading/hatereading lately?


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  1. Two months ago I came up with an idea for a website collecting the personal stories of asexual people, and I launched it this weekend. While a lot of the stories have similar themes, I’m really enjoying reading them all as I post them and getting a glimpse into how other people experience asexuality as well. If any Hoydens are interested in having a read, you can find the site here: The Asexual Story Project.

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