Rebecca Watson

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Rebecca Watson (1980–) is a skeptic and a feminist activist.[1][2][3][4][5] Watson is the sole content creator for the website Skepchick, which promotes skepticism and atheism among women, LGBTers, and teens (all groups who have historically been reluctant to come out as atheists, in part due to the stereotype that atheism is for angry men over thirty).[6][7] She talks about all of these topics on her YouTube channel. She also co-hosted Skeptics Guide to the Universe,[8] a skeptical podcast, until December 2014, when she departed due to burnout and a desire to focus more on Skepchick, Patreon, and her Quiz-o-Tron 9000 live panel show.[9]

She has an asteroid named after her, 153289 Rebeccawatson.[10]

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  1. "[Rebecca Watson] is fairly well-known in atheist-skeptic circles, and speaks at many events targeted at that community." —"Elevatorgate." Freethought Kampala. 2011 September 11.
  2. "Asteroids Named for Skeptics, Authors, Science Activists." Skeptical Inquirer, page 9. Winter 2008.
  3. "Novella hosts SGU with his panel of comical skeptic "rogues," which include[s]... Rebecca Watson — who also operates and has become the Lucy Lawless of science geek circles. SGU consistently sits in iTunes’ top 10 science podcasts and enjoys a weekly listenership of about 40,000." —Omar Mouallem. "Making a living of bullshit detecting." Vue Weekly, issue #671: "The Bullshit Issue." August 2008.
  4. "Neurologist Steven Novella and his team (including blogger Rebecca Watson, aka the Skepchick)..." —"Playlist - Skeptics Guide to the Universe." Wired. August 2008.
  5. Clea Simon. "Showing a talent for radio." The Boston Globe. 2008 January 11.
  6. "...[The] stereotype of atheists being some angry dude who sits in his basement preaching anarchy." —Ellen Lundgren. "National Ask an Atheist Day!" Athen Alces. 2013 April 18.
  7. Amanda Marcotte. "The Center For Inquiry Likes Atheism’s Cranky White Guy Image, So Screw You Ladies." Pandagon. 2013 June 17.
  8. "The Skeptic's Guide to the Universe Bios." The Skeptics Guide to the Universe.
  9. "Why I've Left SGU", Skepchick. 2014 December 14.
  10. NASA JPL Solar System Dynamics Small-Body Database Lookup, #153289