Postpartum Oppression

We’ve all heard of postpartum depression, a form of clinical depression that occurs after childbirth. It is a serious medical issue and is probably precipitated by the wide fluctations in ...

On our anniversary, a love letter to my husband

Years ago, our daughter gave us a very fine compliment. Discussing her day over dinner one night, she reported that her high school “Issues” class was studying marriage. The teacher ...

The unbearable obtuseness of being a Tim Hunt apologist

You cannot make this stuff up. Hunt apologist Louise Mensch published a post on her blog Unfashionista entitled Royal Society’s ‘Diversity Committee’ Pre-Judged #TimHunt. Now UCL Should Give Him Due ...

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Ricki Lake, Jenny McCarthy and The Business of Being Bamboozled

Ricki Lake wants to do for the Pill what Jenny McCarthy did ...

Free speech for Tim Hunt … but not his critics

Tim Hunt apologists employ a classic tactic in dismissing gender discrimination. Gee, ...

The Equality Pill

Crossposted from Time.com. They called it the birth control pill to signal ...

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Postpartum Oppression

We’ve all heard of postpartum depression, a form of clinical depression that occurs after childbirth. It is a serious medical issue and is probably precipitated by the wide fluctations in hormones after childbirth, compounded by lack of sleep and other features of mothering a newborn. Postpartum depression is a medical condition that requires medical attention. […]

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On our anniversary, a love letter to my husband

Years ago, our daughter gave us a very fine compliment. Discussing her day over dinner one night, she reported that her high school “Issues” class was studying marriage. The teacher had told the students that a successful marriage has three elements: friendship, intimacy and passion. “That’s you guys,” she said, looking toward her father and […]

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The unbearable obtuseness of being a Tim Hunt apologist

You cannot make this stuff up. Hunt apologist Louise Mensch published a post on her blog Unfashionista entitled Royal Society’s ‘Diversity Committee’ Pre-Judged #TimHunt. Now UCL Should Give Him Due Process. In an effort to defend Hunt’s indefensible comments about women in science, Mensch asks us to consider the impact of the outcry on …. […]

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Ricki Lake, Jenny McCarthy and The Business of Being Bamboozled

Ricki Lake wants to do for the Pill what Jenny McCarthy did for vaccines. Lake, like McCarthy, is a mama-shill. What’s a mama-shill? A mama-shill is a woman who believes that gestating and giving birth to a human being has magically rendered her qualified to shill on pretty much anything related to reproduction and children. […]

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Free speech for Tim Hunt … but not his critics

Tim Hunt apologists employ a classic tactic in dismissing gender discrimination. Gee, who could have seen that coming? Tim Hunt made offensive comments about women scientists in front of a group of women scientists. He apologized and he resigned. Many men feel very bad about this. No, not bad about the fact that Hunt felt […]

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The Equality Pill

Crossposted from Time.com. They called it the birth control pill to signal its primary purpose, but it would have been apt to call it the equality pill. Hormonal birth control, first available only as a pill and now in a variety of forms, is arguably the single most important technological innovation in the emancipation of […]

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Earth to Tim Hunt supporters: it doesn’t matter if he was joking!

I wrote the piece It’s official: men are too emotional for a career in science as satire, but the emotional (dare I say irrational) response of many men shows that there is a regrettable amount of truth to my claim. As described in The Boston Globe: A Nobel Prize-winning British scientist apologized Wednesday for saying […]

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A pill to treat people who aren’t sick? Yes, Ricki Lake, it’s called preventive care.

She’s wearing glasses so she must be serious right? Otherwise, if you simply listen to what Ricki Lake is saying about the birth control pill, you might be tempted to conclude that she’s joking. Lake opposes the birth control pill and is raising money for a documentary to make other women fear the Pill, too. […]

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Homebirth advocates never analyze bad outcomes. Here’s why.

Yesterday I wrote about another in the endless parade of preventable homebirth deaths (Another unassisted birth, another brain damaged baby.). Why are there so many deaths? Besides the fact that homebirth advocates are ignorant and homebirth midwives are incompetent, that is. Homebirth advocates never analyze bad outcomes. They never perform a root cause analysis as […]

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Another unassisted birth, another brain damaged baby.

Tragically, you cannot make this stuff up. From a Facebook UC (unassisted childbirth) group: Baby girl got her MRI yesterday. There appears to be no damage to her cerebrum (higher learning) but there is damage to her Thalamus/Basal Ganglia area (deeper brain that handles body functions like blood pressure, temperature control, libido, etc… She is […]

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