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  “I always hated math in school! I was just so bad at it...” is a go-to line for countless women I know. It’s not a stereotype, it’s a fact that women everywhere hold this belief. Women and girls who express appreciation for mathematics are, unfortunately, an incredible minority. As it turns out, this minority doesn’t exist because of some innate hardwiring of womens' brains to be bad with numbers (whaddaya mean we're not ... Read More
On a day-to-day basis, my feelings towards science are complicated at best. As a biology major in college, I’m in constant duress – by science’s unforgiving long hours, its strenuous lab reports, its difficult tests, its high standards. As a member of the general public, however, I can’t ignore science’s unfailing neglect of female scholars; studies show that prestigious scientific honors are awarded to males more than 95% of the time ... Read More
I'm more than a little skeptical about a new study that asserts that the birth of a daughter and growing up with female siblings makes men more generous with their money. I can see how growing up with siblings in general makes  people, not just men, generous because they’ll be more inclined to share, but I don’t buy that all female children are more nurturing and soften all men in the household in general. And what happens to those that fall ... Read More
  There are few phrases in the English language more abhorrent, more insidious, more absolutely goddamn infuriating than these five words: They were asking for it. Rape is never, ever, the victim’s fault. Unfortunately, not everyone thinks so – as everyone from assholes on social media to tennis stars to cops play into rape culture, often questioning the victim while giving the benefit of the doubt to the perpetrator. When politicians like Todd ... Read More
These days it's pretty simple. Pee on this little stick and in a few brief moments you'll know if you've been knocked up. But before the advent of EPTs (or early-pregnancy tests), what did we ladies do to make sure we weren't just having delayed periods or something? Some weird shit, I tell you. In Ancient Egypt, women would piss on planted wheat and barley seeds, and when neither sprouted that meant you weren't pregnant. BUT if the wheat seeds sprouted, that ... Read More
Venus the cat has a condition: total badassery. As you can see, she's got two different eye colors (AKA heterochromia) and a giant, perfectly straight splash of black that runs down half of her face. She pretty much looks like Two Face but I guess scientists have a name for this, too. They're speculating that this may make Venus a chimera. This means that, under rare circumstances, two genetically different embryos merged in the womb. This is basically the ... Read More
Last summer, when Republican candidate Todd Akin was quoted saying, “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down,” he was, thankfully enough, met with incredulous public outrage. (Update: he regrets his foolish words!) However – as abhorrent as Akin’s comments are – they do reveal society’s general misunderstanding of how the human body, the brain, sexual assault, and ... Read More
Is it possible to be addicted to science? Lauduree (Perla Haney-Jardine), of Jenny Deller's Future Weather, would have to say yes. It's a story we've seen in the likes of Little Birds, and Hick: bored teenage girls victim of small towns and poor parenting succumb to vice. For the former it's boys and glamour, but not for Lauduree. Amidst her disappearing Mother (Marin Ireland) and beer-slingin' Grandma (Amy Madigan), rises a learned gal with a passion for fighting ... Read More
A recent study at Edinburgh University proves that men have a harder time reading other people’s emotions than women do.  Well, this explains a lot. During the study, a group of both men and women were shown pictures of faces and asked numerous questions about them while their brains were scanned. When asked how approachable the people in a photograph seemed, the men took longer to respond. Though they eventually came up with the same results as the ... Read More
A new trend is emerging in pediatric mental health research that takes the father as its point of departure. Studies about how mothers' health impacts their unborn children are everywhere, and have been for decades. But studies concerning how fathers’ wellbeing influences their children are still few and far between.  This recent study from the Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study illustrates how depression in fathers can cause behavioral ... Read More
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