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Steven Olson @steveo ?

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  • For months I have had conflicting thoughts about these types of adds. On the one hand, its so obviously victim blaming, but on the other hand, it ‘makes sense’ to be careful about danger, and I think I have finally figured out whats causing these conflicting thoughts. I think its how misinformed people are (and [...]

  • Steven Olson commented on the blog post Men in the “creative class” make nearly twice as much as women   2 years, 5 months ago · View

    Jenny, the original article is very poor, as it doesn’t actually say what is meant by the creative class, but from the graphs they show, it seems to me that the author means “college educated”. They talk about industries, and among others, talk about the legal industry and math and science, neither of which I [...]

  • Steven Olson commented on the blog post Quick Hit: On teets, tots and spats   2 years, 6 months ago · View

    Its a shame that people are shaming mothers for their choice of whether to breastfeed or not. I think only a mother has enough information to make that choice and we shouldn’t pass judgement. That being said, Jessica’s statement “But I also believe that formula feeding your child is just as valid and healthy a [...]

  • Steven Olson commented on the blog post Nutritionist to the Stars on Assumption Overload   3 years ago · View

    I tend to agree with the sentiment that kids follow the example of their parents, and of course we want parents to be teaching children healthy choices. But healthy choices does not mean calorie restriction. It means having healthy food available most of the time. But kids should eat until they are full. So should [...]

  • Steven Olson commented on the blog post French veil ban goes into effect   3 years ago · View

    The french burka ban is a very interesting case, one in which I am not sure where I fall. And others have, in a fractured way, shown why I am not sure where I fall. Many people seem to think the ban is a good thing, and support this with the claim that the women [...]

  • Steven Olson commented on the blog post It’s Equal Pay Day! This just in: pay still not equal   3 years ago · View

    I am really glad that some other people have mentioned that that 77% figure is not accounting for anything. It is such a poor statistic for all of the reasons mentioned above, but also that, when just looking at the total average between men and women as it changes in time doesn’t help us understand [...]

  • Steven Olson commented on the blog post Female professors at MIT see progress, new challenges   3 years, 1 month ago · View

    While I was a graduate student in Physics I had an interesting observation pointed out to me. Because of the small number of women in Physics (and the natural sciences in general) the women faculty members get stuck with a larger amount of service hours per faculty member than the men. Service being sitting on [...]

  • Steven Olson commented on the blog post Where are the women-run startups?   3 years, 1 month ago · View

    a la mobile looks and sounds pretty awesome. Though it looks like they will have to modify their business plan, with Android winning the linux based operating system battle. Though, from their website it does look like that have started to do that! I hope they are successful! The open source community is quite a [...]

  • Steven Olson commented on the blog post Remembering Malcolm X   3 years, 1 month ago · View

    What I loved about Malcolm X, after reading his autobiography, is that he was always re-evaluating his beliefs with what he was learning and wasn’t afraid to change his beliefs if he found them to be mistaken or untrue. Although many of the things he believed over the course of his life were definitely harmful, [...]

  • Steven Olson commented on the blog post Again: Rape is not an “Alcohol-Related Problem”   3 years, 2 months ago · View

    After reading the whole article, I want to give the U of Iowa president the benefit of the doubt here. Her responses with firing administrators and getting policies changed really suggests she isn’t suggesting if you drink you are putting yourself at risk. My theory, although probably far fetched, is that she is using the [...]

  • Steven Olson commented on the blog post What you can do to stop the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act   3 years, 2 months ago · View

    This bill is definitely horrible! And it really screws over victims of sexual assault and rape, but I don’t see how it lets rapists off the hook. It is separate from the justice system, which is where rapists are being let off the hook.

  • Steven Olson commented on the blog post Faith & Feminism: Sobriety through feminist spirituality   3 years, 2 months ago · View

    That is awesome that you have been able to beat your addiction and become much happier! Though I disagree with the assertion that feminism can be a religion to someone. I am a scientist and science influences basically all aspects of my life, including most interactions I have with people, how I view the world [...]

  • Steven Olson commented on the blog post Oh Canada! Oh feminism!   3 years, 3 months ago · View

    I am no fan of the current conservative government. But there is no real evidence that the long gun registty has done anything to prevent crime. Scrapping it only means that registering rifles and shot guns will no longer be done, not that all guns won’t be registered. Most deaths by gun shots in Canada [...]

  • It seems pretty obvious to me that women who really wanted an abortion would still manage to get them. But, evidence is not something fanatics often listen to. And I also think that their goal isn’t being effective, but punishing those who are, in their mind, committing crimes. Even when those people claim they are [...]

  • Steven Olson commented on the blog post President Obama orders new federal breastfeeding policy   3 years, 4 months ago · View

    That sounds like really good news. I have always found it amazing that people would be so offended by breastfeeding. If you don’t like it, look away. No one is forcing you to watch. I remember when I first realized how difficult breastfeeding can be for mothers. I was out at a big group dinner [...]

  • Steven Olson commented on the blog post Once again, feminism ruins your love life.   3 years, 4 months ago · View

    ” It is true that some women who have climbed the corporate ladder have a hard time finding love, but is that indicative of their own wrongdoing or does it point to the larger issue of cripplingly narrow definitions of masculinity? I think anyone who believes in the former explanation demonstrates a severe weakness in [...]

  • Steven Olson commented on the blog post Once again, feminism ruins your love life.   3 years, 4 months ago · View

    Like the other male posters, I find the thought of being intimidated by a woman’s income very foreign. I also want to be with a strong, independent woman. All of that being said, in part of the quoted text from the NYT article “A German banker said one reason her ex-husband left her for a [...]

  • Steven Olson commented on the blog post National Opt-Out Day: Groping vs. Radiation   3 years, 5 months ago · View

    I can’t believe some people are still talking about the radiation safety concerns. Did you not read the link of the safety? There are two types of scanners, one that uses x-rays, and the other uses millimeter waves (aka, microwaves). The millimeter wave scanners have lower levels of radiation than a cell phone, and the [...]

  • Steven Olson commented on the blog post The NCAA’s first out transgender player   3 years, 5 months ago · View

    I think that the way the NCAA has handled this is reasonably well, and the focus on hormone levels is a reasonable one (though may not be perfect). Plus it corresponds to how most amateur sports test for cheating through performance enhancing drugs, which in many cases involves finding unnaturally high levels of hormones (namely [...]

  • Steven Olson commented on the blog post New study confirms that women give more money than men   3 years, 5 months ago · View

    Your point appears to be solid, but your choice of using Bill Gates as a person not to think of when you think of Philanthropy completely undermines the point you are trying to make. As someone who has donated billions of dollars to charity, he is certainly an appropriate person to think of as a [...]

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