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Gender Inclusivity in Games

Gender Inclusivity in Games

I work with awesome people. I’ve been illustrating a new storytelling tabletop game for the past few years and it’s probably the most rewarding project I’ve worked on since I started freelancing. Part of that is how fun, different, and creative the game itself is, but much of it stems from the open and inclusive attitude the game designer, Sam Fraser, has had from the get go. The... »

Quillied Dandelion

Quilling: Infused with Sexism and Religiosity

Quilling is a paper craft or art form that uses strips of paper to create shapes, create images, fill in areas, and create decoration.  Generally the shapes are rolled around something small (like a toothpick) or pill bottle, or woven using something like a comb.  While there are other options, the primary one is a toothpick like tool. When researching the history you will find too many different ... »

Of Gifted Children and the Banality of Menstruation: The Psychological Research of Leta Hollingworth

Of Gifted Children and the Banality of Menstruation: The Psychological Research of Leta Hollingworth

What do you do with a gifted child? A child who learns new concepts three or four times faster than his contemporaries, often withdraws from social interaction, and who brings unsettling intensity to both her passion and apathy. How do you even identify one? In the early twentieth century, while Anna Freud worked with traumatized children, and Maria Montessori with the very young, it was Leta Holl... »

Sofia Kovalevskaya: Love Makes All the Partial Difference

Sofia Kovalevskaya: Love Makes All the Partial Difference

Everybody needs love, but for some the striving after it so dominates their every action and decision that it becomes impossible to ever truly find. Veering between professions, friendships, and lovers, their desire for perfect love driving away by its intensity anybody who might have offered it, those possessed by such a need rarely live happily or end well, but their lives dazzle as against the ... »

Science has an Image Problem

Science has an Image Problem

One of the joys of being involved with one of the more literary-focused areas of science is obscure or interesting words become par for the course. Now, for those of you who don’t spend your days agonizing over narrative structure, linguistic trickery and obscure words, I bring you a definition from Wikipedia: “A synecdoche is a figure of speech in which a term for a part of something ... »

Zita the Spacegirl, Amelia Cole, And the Exciting Growth Of Girl Adventure Comics

Zita the Spacegirl, Amelia Cole, And the Exciting Growth Of Girl Adventure Comics

Last month saw the much anticipated release of sequel volumes to two of indie comics’ most imaginative titles: Amelia Cole and the Hidden War and The Return of Zita the Spacegirl. The success of these independent comics, along with more mainstream titles like Marvel’s Ms. Marvel, Black Widow, and Captain Marvel, DC’s Harley Quinn, and Image’s Rat Queens, is rapidly disproving everything we thought... »

Album of the Week – tUnE-yArDs’ “W H O K I L L”

Album of the Week – tUnE-yArDs’ “W H O K I L L”

Hello there, Lab Rats. If you’re anything like me, there’s nothing quite like a great bit of art to light that fire under your social activist ass. In my case, nothing burns hotter than a great album, so I’ve decided to share a favorite of mine every week with you lucky so and sos. For our first venture into the wonderful world of carefully collected sounds, I thought we’d ... »

A Series of Portraits From Women in Secularism 3

A Series of Portraits From Women in Secularism 3

I recently attended the Women in Secularism event sponsored by The Center for Inquiry. This was the third event of its kind that focused on issues that directly affect women within the secular community and movement atheism. I am proud to say that I have attended all three conventions and it was truly an honor to speak at the last two. It was an experience I will forever be grateful for. This year... »

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