SheThought.com

I’m a little late in posting this here, but the lovely, the talented, the splendidly ductile, Heidi Anderson has seen fit to repost “The Skeptical Boys Club” at SheThought.com. SheThought.com is a thought provoking site that “. . .is a place to discuss, promote, encourage, and celebrate women in science, skepticism, and critical thinking.” It’s in my RSS reader. It should be in yours. And, I am tremendously honored to have “The Skeptical Boys Club” featured there.

Even if you have already read “The Skeptical Boys Club” here at The Finch and Pea or at Science 2.0, you should visit SheThought.com to see how the discussion developed there. After all, the point of writing “The Skeptical Boys Club” was to incite discussion and maybe even a little bit of action. Just a very little bit. Let’s not get greedy.

Solutions to “The Skeptical Boys Club”

You may have noticed that I provide no solutions to the problem[1] of the under-representation in either my hacky attempt to quantify said problem or my personal response to the experience of investigation. There is a good reason for this. I do not have any. I don’t do PR. I’m not a psychologist, a sociologist, or any other “-ologist” that might have expertise on such things. I’m also not a woman, although I have had rugby opponents imply as much in inexcusably sexist and misogynistic tones. Basically, I have as much confidence that I have something constructive to contribute to the proposal and evaluation of solutions as I do to solving the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Continue reading “Solutions to “The Skeptical Boys Club””

Reflections on “The Skeptical Boys Club”

It has been a few weeks since I originally published “The Skeptical Boys Club” on the significant under-representation of women in Skepticism[1]. It generated some serious response, criticism, and discussion. At the time, I tried to focus the article on the information I gathered, but tried to restrict the injection of my personal motivations for being interested, my thoughts on possible causes, and my thoughts on possible solutions. In the first case, those motivations were not immediately relevant. In the latter cases, I have no reason to believe that my thoughts on these matters have any value, and to put it next to “impressive” looking graphs might give those ruminations an inappropriate appearance of authority.

There has been some more recent interest in “The Skeptical Boys Club” by some individuals for whose thinking I have tremendous respect (but not always agreement, which is healthy) and whose thoughts on feminism, skepticism, and women in skepticism is infinitely more developed and considered than mine. After all, I can really date my intense interest in these types of issues quite accurately to precisely 28 months ago (more on how I know the date so precisely below). That is not much time to form a fully coherent philosophy of life.

So, I thought I would take this time to share some of my reflections from the experience of conceiving, researching, writing, and getting responses to the article.
Continue reading “Reflections on “The Skeptical Boys Club””

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