Fact-Checking Lazy Sexist Assumptions

You’ve probably heard someone make the assertion that women use 20,000 words and men only use 7,000 or thereabouts. And you’ve probably wondered exactly where that statistic comes from, because the person citing the stat typically waves in the direction…

It’s Baaaack!

Hysteria, that is: Hysteria is a 4,000-year-old diagnosis that has been applied to no mean parade of witches, saints and, of course, Anna O. But over the last 50 years, the word has been spoken less and less. The disappearance…

Self-Image

Srl pointed me to this NYT magazine article about “corrective” surgery performed on intersex children. srl introduced it as “not directly relevant” to the question of fear and hatred of, as az put it, “people whose physical bodies trouble their…

Jesus Camp: A Review

As promised, I saw Jesus Camp yesterday, and now I have thoughts. I’ll warn you beforehand, though, that I’ll probably get into details about particular scenes, and if you feel like that will spoil the movie for you, then stop…

Legal News

A federal judge in Brooklyn has granted class action status to a suit against cigarette manufacturers accusing the tobacco companies of a cynically and falsely marketing “light” cigarettes as a lower-risk alternative to full-bore cigarettes, all the while knowing that…

Pity the poor Christian terrorists

The premise is this: Three Christian terrorists were tried and convicted of their crimes in Indonesian courts. Michelle Malkin does not like this one bit, because Lord knows that only Muslims can be terrorists, and there were some irregularities in…