‘Black Pet Bias’ May Not Actually Be a Thing

Even though everyone knows that black cats are the foot servants of Satan, this bit of common knowledge will probably not, by itself, prevent black cats from being adopted at animal shelters. That’s because the so-called “black pet bias” — a popular aversion to those more inky, shadow-dwelling black cats and dogs… » 9/22/13 1:00pm 9/22/13 1:00pm

If You're Biased and You Know It, Clap Your Hands (and Then Do…

Sometimes when I feel like making myself uncomfortable over my own buried prejudice, I head over to Harvard's Project Implicit to take some of their bias tests. Turns out, I have a slight anti-fat bias, which is fucked, because I'm fat. But it's better to know, and to work on this shit, than to not — right? That's what … » 3/06/13 1:20pm 3/06/13 1:20pm

Major Newspapers Don't Particularly Care When Notable Women Die

Hey, did any notable women die this year? Eh, not that many, according to our major national newspapers, most of which release lists of significant deaths every year. Countless women (sorry, we can't tell you who, since we don't know who they are) are rolling in their graves thanks to Mother Jones' in-depth look at… » 12/12/12 2:10pm 12/12/12 2:10pm

Looking for Financial Help? Be a Pretty Lady With Light Skin

If you've ever spent time on any crowdfunding sites—from Kickstarter to Kiva—you know the amount of people seeking your money can be overwhelming. It can be hard to choose when often everyone on the site seems so deserving. (Well, it's probably less difficult to decide when you're on Kickstarter choosing between… » 3/28/12 1:15pm 3/28/12 1:15pm

The Liberal Media Conspiracy Is Repressing Michele Bachmann, Says…

On Saturday, Republican Presidential hopefuls reconvened to debate foreign policy and tell America that they're the least-bad choice to lead the free world. America's Foremost Expert on Question Avoiding Michele Bachmann claims that she wasn't given enough questions during the debate, and that this was a planned effort … » 11/14/11 11:35am 11/14/11 11:35am

3 Problems With The "Women In Science" Debate

The Times's John Tierney is the latest of several to take the Larry Summers tack of questioning women's natural aptitude for science. Here's what's wrong with this argument, in three easy points that even the simplest ladybrain can understand. » 6/08/10 12:00pm 6/08/10 12:00pm

Why Won't Birthers Die? Scientists Point To "Implicit Social Cognition"

Despite a preponderance of evidence to the contrary, Southern California dentist/lawyer Orly Taitz is busy clogging up the legal system to prove that Barack Obama is not a citizen of the United States. Why? Scientific American has a theory. » 10/06/09 1:00pm 10/06/09 1:00pm

Prosecutor Argues She Would Have Let Rihanna's Abuser Off Easier

Today, in the electronic pages of The Daily Beast, former New York prosecutor and crime novelist Linda Fairstein pens an impassioned defense of Chris Brown's domestic abuse case sentence, inadvertently exposing her own biases in addition to the system's. » 6/23/09 12:00pm 6/23/09 12:00pm

The only thing Fairstein doesn't acknowledge often…

Tank Girl

As we rather facetiously predicted on Monday » 10/01/08 12:40pm 10/01/08 12:40pm, it's taken the right-wing press until today to come down hard on VP debate moderator Gwen Ifill. From over Ifill's book on racial politics and how it means she's "in the tank" for Obama (while ) to about the "look" on her face after Palin's convention speech as evidence of…