All the skeptic ladies, now put your hands up!
Or something. Did I lose you in that metaphor? Ah well.
The question these blogs pose is, where are all the skeptical ladies at?
I’ve already voiced my criticism of some of the women’s voices out there. However, I would like to acknowledge some of the women’s voices with which I have been agreeing lately. The following is a list of some of my skeptical heroines.
The first, of course, is the prolific, tireless and always enthusiastic Podblack (a.k.a. Kylie Sturgess) Not only is she a prolific blogger and activist, she has been doing the work of testing and teaching critical thinking and science education for years. She’s the only blogger here that I actually know in person, and she’s one of the friendliest people I know.
Next is a great blog by Twisty Faster, I Blame The Patriarchy (language NSFW). Not necessarily a skeptical blog, it is definitely a pro-science feminist blog. Twisty does not mince words. She smacks the reader about the face and neck with words like she’s swinging a whole side of beef. She wields power in her blog like a crazy despot of a tiny matriarchal princ(ess)ipality and woe to any who try to wave their magical meat wand around in the comments. She definitely made me realise that I wasn’t taking my feminism seriously enough, and yet at the same time, makes me laugh on a regular basis.
ICBS Everywhere is a blog after my own heart. Written by Barbara Drescher, it’s another great antidote to the boobiequakers and their placebo protests. Ms. Drescher does tend to be a bit busy with actual work, so doesn’t post as often as some bloggers, but when she does, it’s worth a read.
My newest heroine, I linked to in a previous post and that is Heidi Anderson of The Fat One in the Middle. *swoon* Funny, smart, feminist. Several of her blog articles articulate so well what I’ve thought I was alone in thinking. She’s an amazing lady and an excellent blogger.
SheThought is a great resource for skeptical writings by several women and Momma Data is one of my new favourite blogs simply because it presents the research and facts behind the constant terror marketed to mothers, from DryMax diapers to autism.
Side note: On PZ’s blog he asked female readers to link to their skeptical blogs, so I went ahead and linked to myself. Of course, I was down at comment 365 or something, so I doubt if I’ll get any traffic from it. I’d like more people to read my blog, but I hate that it opens me up to more criticism. Skeptopia was meant to be a safe place, but I can’t hide forever. When I first started this blog, I started a thread on JREF announcing it and immediately got some hater saying how much I sucked. I was crushed at first, then angry, then embarrassed, then I got a chip on my shoulder. I know I’m not everyone’s cup of tea, but I’ve got a bit more confidence now, so I’m not afraid. I am ready to stand up and be counted as a female skeptic blogger, dammit. Even if it turns out I’m not a very good one.