Ghostsplaining: Men Explain Ghosts To Me

If there’s one thing any reader of this blog can be assured of, it’s that I have more than just a passing interest in ghosts. That’s why I love to discuss ghosts with anyone who will listen; I’m skeptical about the existence of ghosts, have had a fair few odd experiences which help me to remain open-minded about them, and have been investigating active hauntings since the age of 18 (over a decade ago), so… why do people feel the need to let me know ghosts aren’t real? Continue reading Ghostsplaining: Men Explain Ghosts To Me

Organised Skepticism’s Entitled Boys Problem

During the evening entertainment at a skeptic conference I once attended, a feminist comedian was performing a brilliant routine when the question ‘can we be skeptical of feminists?’ appeared on the conference hashtag Continue reading Organised Skepticism’s Entitled Boys Problem

Sexism: A Symptom Of Skepticism?

I am a skeptic because I evaluate claims using skepticism and rational inquiry but I do not identify with the skeptic movement for reasons I have stated previously on my blog. Today an article on Buzzfeed by Mark Oppenheimer asked the question ‘Will Misogyny Bring Down The Atheist Movement?‘ As Betteridge’s law of headlines dictates, the answer to the headline is ‘no’, of course. But it doesn’t mean that the misogynistic aren’t trying to make the atheist, free-thought or skeptic movements unwelcome spaces for women.

They are. It’s a real thing that is happening. Continue reading Sexism: A Symptom Of Skepticism?

Gail Parminter on Gender & Advertising

Gail Parminter gave a talk at TEDx Bradford on Avon in 2012 about gender and advertising. I was present for this event but re-visited this talk recently after finding this article about a patronising advert selling bourbon.

They patronise both women and the majority of men as dumb sissies.

I drink bourbon… I also build my own furniture… who are these people trying to sell their products to, the small number of people they’ve managed not to patronise?

Anyway, Gail Parminter’s talk was really insightful so I’m sharing here as part of my ‘Interesting Things’ feature.

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