“You’re scary smart.”
A male friend of mine said that to me a few years ago, he meant it as a compliment, but it’s stuck with me because of all it implies. How often are men criticized for being intelligent? I can’t tell you how many times, as a … Continue reading
This week, thanks to NASA, I received social media accreditation to attend a NASA Social event for the launch of the Orbiting Carbon Observatory 2 (OCO-2) at Vandenberg Air Force Base (VAFB) in California. In the end, I didn’t actually get to see the launch, thanks … Continue reading
I’ve been on a bit of a bender – in this instance, of books by people who have left cults and lived to tell their tales. I’m fascinated by cults, especially since many are known for sucking in highly intelligent people who many think should know better. Winding up in … Continue reading
We’ve come a long way, a really long way. CraftLass recently wrote about traditions and mentalities; excellent pieces examining how she viewed the traditional gender roles and questioning where they came from, and what it means to be a geek or nerd. Questioning is something I understand … Continue reading
One of the more purely fun aspects of Twitter is using it to share things you want and get validation that, yes, no matter how silly or expensive or whatever adjective might keep you from buying something, it is, indeed, worth having. The people I follow tend to find some … Continue reading
When topics like equality, particularly as it applies to women and LGBTQ people, come up, it’s almost inevitable that someone will blame a lack of “morals and standards” in society for all of the problems we face.
In America, this person usually is referring to some variation of Christian patriarchal … Continue reading
Trigger Warning: Discussion of Gun Violence and Sexual Violence
Last week, like many of you, I was shaken to hear of the shootings in Isla Vista that specifically targeted women. These shootings resulted in the hashtag #YesAllWomen that has since been used to highlight the issues that … Continue reading
I’ve been reading a lot of articles over the past few years about “traditional gender roles” from many, many perspectives. Every so often I stop and wonder why this topic fascinates me so much. Finally, it hit me – whose traditions are these, anyway?
I don’t know that much about … Continue reading
If you pay any attention to astronomy news on the internet or follow much of the astronomy and space geek communities on Twitter, you’ve probably run across Dr. Nicole Gugliucci over the past few years. With her perfect pseudonym, Noisy Astronomer, her infectious enthusiasm for much more than just her … Continue reading