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On Saturday, 10th April the inaugural ‘Ladies Who Do Skepticism (& Coffee)’ meeting was held at An Outlet on Dale St., Manchester. A call in the morning to inform me that the arranged venue was not going to open had me all-a-fluster, but the only available Barista that day put on a brave face for us and opened up all on her lonesome, just so we could enjoy our Saturday coffee with a side helping of skepticism in the company of like-minded women. Or at least, that’s what I like to think.
There was only a small group of us on the day; ladies from Manchester Skeptics and Merseyside Skeptics ‘Skeptics in the Pub’ events, alongside a couple of new faces. We talked about why face creams now need ‘Seven Ways to Combat Aging’, why Davina McCall needs to have ‘natural hair additions’ to advertise a hair colour, why skeptics events are so much of a sausage-fest, and how our female friends react to our opinions on homeopathy and horoscopes. The time flew by, and before too long our lonely Barista was ready to shut shop. After chatting outside for a while about upcoming events in the area, we each went our separate ways, happy in the knowledge that we are not alone in our rejection of the pseudoscience and just-so stories that pepper our daily lives in a bid to save us from aging and make our armpits look sexier.
There are two ‘Ladies Who Do Skepticism’ events in the coming weeks; one in Bath and one in Liverpool. Stay tuned for more information.
Many thanks to Andrew Taylor of www.apathysketchpad.com for the Ladies Who Do Skepticism-inspired drawings!
Follow him on Twitter: @Andrew_Taylor