That time a study about access to parental leave inadvertently showed us that how we define mental health is capitalist as hell, and also wrong

Let me start by saying I support the ever-loving fuck out of paid parental leave. Imma say it again: I'm an old school commie feminist, and I support the ever-loving fuck out of paid parental leave.  Not because it improves outcomes for kids (as claimed by highly questionable science; more about that later). Not because … Continue reading That time a study about access to parental leave inadvertently showed us that how we define mental health is capitalist as hell, and also wrong

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Nothing meaningful is ever simple: The danger of dichotomizing variables

Quantitative research looks for mathematical relationships and statistically significant differences between neatly defined concepts, called variables.  It is often described as elegant, simple, and therefore definitive and scientific, and here's where I'm going to start throwing down. Partly because the idea that simpler equates to more scientific, and therefore more correct, strikes me as inherently … Continue reading Nothing meaningful is ever simple: The danger of dichotomizing variables

More feminist beef: Anonymous public observations, parent-shaming and smart phones.

Starting about a month after smart phones became affordable for the non-millionaires among us, people have been wringing their hands and worrying about the children.  What will constant access to the interwebs do to the children?! And what will happen if, god forbid, PARENTS use smartphones in front of their kids?!?! Fueling this hand-wringing is … Continue reading More feminist beef: Anonymous public observations, parent-shaming and smart phones.

Suspended and Unsuspended Birth Control Trials: Equipoise, White Feminist Nonsense and Conditional Humanity

Since scientists suspended clinical trials of a male birth control shot, my social media feed has been full of white feminist outrage with a side of transmisogyny and racism.  Actually, the veiled racism and erasure of history is a main event, not a side dish, and so we really need to break this down.  I'll … Continue reading Suspended and Unsuspended Birth Control Trials: Equipoise, White Feminist Nonsense and Conditional Humanity