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Why are farts funny?

Anonymous

They just are. This is probably the only time you’ll ever hear me say, “Don’t over-analyze it.”

Do you think cats resent always having to play the villain in children’s films?

Do you think cats resent always having to play the villain in children’s films?

Gyno-Star is back! 

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Gyno-Star is back!

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Apr 2
#HobbyLobby wants religious freedom for corporations. What could possibly go wrong? http://vitaminw.co/culture-society/rebecca-cohen-welcome-first-church-corporate-personhood

#HobbyLobby wants religious freedom for corporations. What could possibly go wrong?
http://vitaminw.co/culture-society/rebecca-cohen-welcome-first-church-corporate-personhood

GUESS WHO’S BACK?

http://vitaminw.co/culture-society/old-man-white-dude-here-give-bad-advice

GUESS WHO’S BACK?

http://vitaminw.co/culture-society/old-man-white-dude-here-give-bad-advice

If you are looking for more feedback, Hedy Lamarr was a co-inventor of the tech that led to wireless communcation; George Antheil was her colleague in this. Given that we criticize how Watson and Crick's rise to fame ignored Rosalind Franklin's contributions, we shouldn't do the same and ignore Antheil's involvement.

This is a very good point. To be perfectly honest, one of the biggest challenges in making that comic was trying to be accurate and honor the women’s accomplishments, while also fitting everything into a small space. If I changed Hedy Lamarr’s caption from “invented” to “co-invented,” it literally wouldn’t fit. 

Also, I think there’s a slight difference between that situation and Watson/Crick/Franklin one. Specifically, Watson & Crick are well-known as the discoverers of DNA’s molecular structure, without much credit going to Franklin. On the other hand, I don’t think Antheil’s role is any better known than Lamarr’s. I included her not to redress the lack of credit she’s received, but more to call attention to the breadth of her accomplishments.

Thank you for that plus sized princess picture.

Anonymous

You’re welcome.

A tually franklin did discover the shape of DNA but her male co workers stole it from her and therefore stole the recognition.

Anonymous

I’ve noticed a lot of people saying this or similar things, and I think it’s worth addressing.

I chose the wording on the Rosalind Franklin panel carefully. She did help discover the molecular structure of DNA. She did not do it all herself.

You’re right that Franklin did discover the double-helix shape of DNA. Watson and Crick might never have figured out the double-helix structure for their model of the DNA molecule if they’d never seen Franklin’s “photo 51.” And they did see it without her knowledge or permission. 

At the same time, there’s more to the structure of a DNA molecule than its double-helix shape. While Franklin’s contribution was unquestionably crucial, it’s incorrect to suggest that Franklin single-handedly unlocked the molecular structure of DNA. It’s also not really fair to say Maurice Wilkins stole the recognition. By the time the Nobel Prize was awarded to Watson, Crick and Wilkins, Franklin had passed away. Nobel Prizes aren’t awarded posthumously. 

It’s clear that Watson, Crick and Wilkins played down Franklin’s contribution. It’s clear that she has not, on the whole, received the recognition she’s due. That’s why I wanted to call attention to her work. Still, it doesn’t do Rosalind Franklin or women’s history any favors if we exaggerate her contribution or try to minimize the work other people did.

there's a theatre/auditorium in my city with the same name as you lmao

Anonymous

If you’re referring to the one in Halifax, the spelling is different. If you’re referring to another one, holy crap there are two different auditoriums with my name? We Rebecca Cohens/Cohns are such an accomplished lot!

http://vitaminw.co/culture-society/womens-history-questions-and-facts

This is a revised version, with slight rewording to improve accuracy. Thanks to all who made constructive suggestions!

I’m working on getting prints available for purchase.

http://vitaminw.co/culture-society/womens-history-questions-and-facts

This is a revised version, with slight rewording to improve accuracy. Thanks to all who made constructive suggestions!

I’m working on getting prints available for purchase.