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Title: Skepchick returns
Post by: Quetzalcoatl on May 02, 2019, 05:17:07 PM
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Hello Again! Skepchick is Back! (https://skepchick.org/2019/05/hello-again-skepchick-is-back/)

Hello, dear friends of the Skepchick community. As you’ve probably noticed, the past two years or so have been pretty quiet on here — just little old me, posting my YouTube video transcripts. At its height, Skepchick had dozens of writers across several different sister sites blogging about science, and critical thinking, and progressive values as they pertain to women, LGBTQI, parents, teens, and those in several non-English-speaking countries.

I was really proud of our team, but depression and anxiety and unavoidable life changes sneaked up on me. It’s a bit ironic, because I made it through the worst of the death threats and rape threats I got on a regular basis during “Elevatorgate.” Elevatorgate turned to Gamergate, which turned to #MeToo and now Comicsgate, and I suppose it just all caught up to me. The torrent of hate was no longer focused on me, and so I just sort of curled up and took a nap. I stopped managing the website, and views dropped off, and one by one the writers took my lead and stopped, too.

...

So instead of shutting Skepchick down, I decided to relaunch. I contacted our writers and many of them were excited to come back on. You can see the full list of them (thus far) here. You’ll once again see our daily Quickies, and you’ll be able to read voices other than mine.
Title: Re: Skepchick returns
Post by: Harry Black on May 02, 2019, 05:50:48 PM
This has made me so happy!
Title: Re: Skepchick returns
Post by: superdave on May 02, 2019, 07:55:44 PM
yay
Title: Re: Skepchick returns
Post by: DanDanDan on May 02, 2019, 08:43:09 PM
Wow, I had no idea it had gotten that bad for her. I know first hand how demoralizing those feelings can be. Your brain goes to some dark, dark places.

That said, peace, love, and power to the skepchicks!

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Title: Re: Skepchick returns
Post by: fuzzyMarmot on May 03, 2019, 02:47:49 AM
AWESOME! Yay  :rebecca: !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: Skepchick returns
Post by: heyalison on May 03, 2019, 07:22:59 AM
I'm excited she's back, though it's pretty depressing to be reminded that the lot of many women in skepticism is mostly harassment and hate.  :'(

Glad she's standing up to the troll lawyer, too. I don't know the details of that specific harassment, but it seems with a lot of these harass-y lawyer types standing up to them makes them scurry away.
Title: Re: Skepchick returns
Post by: random poet on May 03, 2019, 08:18:07 AM
Great news.
Title: Re: Skepchick returns
Post by: Awatsjr on May 05, 2019, 04:03:45 PM
And there was much rejoicing.
Title: Re: Skepchick returns
Post by: gcason on May 06, 2019, 07:18:00 AM
I'm very glad.  :rebecca:
Title: Re: Skepchick returns
Post by: seamas on May 15, 2019, 01:20:58 PM
Good for her.

I was never a huge fan of hers, but always thought the hate (and other stuff) that got thrown at her was beyond insane. It was like they disregarded her humanity completely.
Sad to hear how bad things got for her. I looked up the Skepchick website some time ago and noted how little was there and wondered what happened to her.

Glad to hear she is getting back on the horse, hope she pays a visit to SGU.
Title: Re: Skepchick returns
Post by: Quetzalcoatl on May 15, 2019, 01:33:32 PM
There was some speculation about bad blood between her and the SGU as she never was a guest to the show after she quit. While I think she was very unhappy that they tried to get Richard Dawkins to NECSS afterwards, I think the bad condition she suffered afterward as described in the OP might be the main reason.
Title: Re: Skepchick returns
Post by: Calinthalus on May 15, 2019, 04:55:23 PM
I'm glad.  I've re-added it to my RSS reader.


I've never been a follower, as it were, as that I've disagreed with quite a lot.  However, at least a couple of times a week there was a very good article from a perspective I would normally not get.  I might not agree with its conclusions, but it was always appreciated.


That has me revisiting the elevator bullshit, but I really don't wanna.
Title: Re: Skepchick returns
Post by: John Albert on May 15, 2019, 05:47:29 PM
That has me revisiting the elevator bullshit, but I really don't wanna.

Let's not do that.