Boys, Girls, and Gender-Free Statistics

I am no math disciple (and I love women’s empowerment pretty fervently), but I do believe in using math and science as tools of fact, not tools of politic.  The media has been swarming over the recent article in Science that reexamines gender differences in math abilities of young boys and girls, but all the…

“…My record has been clear.”

Kate Sheppard has written a piece on presumptive Republican nominee John McCain and his misogynistic tendencies, both personal and political, here.  Here are some highlights: The quote where McCain calls his wife both a cunt and a trollup. When McCain voted to mandate that SCHIP (the State Children’s Health Insurance Program) cover fetuses, but voted…

Are Boys Better at Math than Girls?

You may have heard of the Pinker-Spelke debate at Harvard, over the origins of underrepresentation of women in the hard sciences. Pinker argued for innate differences, while Spelke staunchly defended social factors. My psych lab this summer passed around an interesting article on the subject the other day…what do you think? http://sciencenow.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/full/2008/724/1

That’s so unexpected!

Newsweek has a short piece on how media portray teenage pregnancy – namely, they don’t discuss how the teens got pregnant (contraception?  and since you didn’t use any, STD testing?) or what happens afterwards (you mean it’s not a holiday?  copious amounts of time and money are involved?). Not groundbreaking in any sense, but at…

Equality in Economic Turndowns

NYTimes reports that the higher percentage of women returning to the homes isn’t reflective of a homemaker’s revolution, as previously thought and reported on, but is instead reflective of a weak economy. For the first time since the women’s movement came to life, an economic recovery has come and gone, and the percentage of women…

Stand by Your Man; or, Country Music for Feminists

Just finished up a class in country music (thanks, visual/performing arts requirement!) and wanted to share a great song with everyone (Johnny Cash and Hank Williams are also recommended, but for different reasons). Loretta Lynn, a prolific recording artist, gained fame with her song “Coal Miner’s Daughter” which detailed her impoverished childhood (adds authenticity, which…

“Excellent” News…

…if by “excellent,” one means calamitous. Washington Posts reports that “…doctors in South Dakota are now required to tell a woman seeking an abortion that the procedure ‘will terminate the life of a whole, separate, unique living human being.’” I’d be pretty o.k. with South Dakota not being a state.

Sweet Success

The HIV-travel ban is (almost) repealed.  Barring any unforeseen road blocks, the United States will no longer deny citizenship for those who are HIV-positive. I can’t wait until Andrew Sullivan becomes a citizen.