I spend more time than I wanna admit yelling at NPR while I drive, perhaps evidence that the good white liberals who raised and then disowned me are lodged deeper in my brain than I wanna admit. NPR liberalism is trash. Like, come back when you're willing to put anything real on the line, when … Continue reading Joint pain, health care is a racist, patriarchal clusterfuck, and proxy measures are political as hell: A study I dislike very much, and some ragging on my folks
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
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
I returned to my phd program this semester with the intention of keeping my head down and getting the fuck out with a bullshit degree that would allow me to lead more of my own research projects. I think I actually said that out loud to several people, who all tried to stifle their laughter … Continue reading Missing the (desecrated) forest for the twigs: Research’s suspicious neglect of environmental racism as a thing
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.
It's been four days since every white supremacist in America got out the vote, and three days since the Klu Klux Klan announced its plans for victory parades to celebrate Donald Trump's rise to power. And if there was ever a time to democratize research, it is right fucking now. What do I mean by … Continue reading Three Days After the Klan Celebrated: Research In An Age of Injustice
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