The Web Just Got Louder

By Sheril Kirshenbaum | June 5, 2009 5:25 pm

My oh my, what a week it’s been….

rape_by_slytherin_prince.pngSilence Is The Enemy has gone international with well over 130 posts in many languages from all sorts of places and people.  I’ve had trouble keeping track of everyone involved in the coalition, so if you don’t see your blog listed here, email me.  The facebook group will soon surpass 4,000 members and our official website is close to launch.

In addition, the number of bloggers donating revenue from June to Doctors Without Borders grows, and since income is determined by traffic, continue contributing with every click to:

The Intersection
On Becoming A Domestic And Laboratory Goddess
The Questionable Authority
Adventures in Ethics and Science
Blog Of The Moderate Left
Seattle Grassroots Examiner
the rugbyologist

Day 5 and the storm against silence has commencedIt’s time to make some noiseSpeak out.

You know what to do.

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Culture, Education

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  1. Dave Dudley


    This may be a naive question…but I usually read blogs via the RSS feed. Does that count toward the ‘clicks’? Or does one need to access the blog’s website to actually count?


  2. Here’s my understanding of the way blog revenue works: If the feed has ads then views of those bring money, however Discovery Mag blogs don’t have ads in the feeds so you need to visit the page. Science Blogs has ads in the feeds so feed views (and ad clicks in them ) will bring $ but probably not quite as much as an actual page visit.

  3. Noadi’s got it–revenue is raised by visiting the page. Thanks for supporting our initiative!

  4. Pilot

    I am sure that thousands (maybe hundreds of thousands?) of people have heard of this so far. That is quite an accomplishment. But so what? Awareness is overrated. Everyone knows about Darfur by now; how many lives has all that awareness saved? How many rapes is this project going to prevent?

    Or like so many things, is this just a way for us to sleep better at night, deluding ourselves that we’re good people and have done our part? A way to assuage the guilt that comes from our horribly over-privileged and comfortable lives? We write our blogs and donate some measly amount, and then go our merry ways, living our lives, being with our families and friends in our comfortable homes, feeling good about ourselves, while the rapes and the killings go on and on.


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About Sheril Kirshenbaum

Sheril Kirshenbaum is a research scientist with the Webber Energy Group at the University of Texas at Austin's Center for International Energy and Environmental Policy where she works on projects to enhance public understanding of energy issues as they relate to food, oceans, and culture. She is involved in conservation initiatives across levels of government, working to improve communication between scientists, policymakers, and the public. Sheril is the author of The Science of Kissing, which explores one of humanity's fondest pastimes. She also co-authored Unscientific America: How Scientific Illiteracy Threatens Our Future with Chris Mooney, chosen by Library Journal as one of the Best Sci-Tech Books of 2009 and named by President Obama's science advisor John Holdren as his top recommended read. Sheril contributes to popular publications including Newsweek, The Washington Post, Discover Magazine, and The Nation, frequently covering topics that bridge science and society from climate change to genetically modified foods. Her writing is featured in the anthology The Best American Science Writing 2010. In 2006 Sheril served as a legislative Knauss science fellow on Capitol Hill with Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) where she was involved in energy, climate, and ocean policy. She also has experience working on pop radio and her work has been published in Science, Fisheries Bulletin, Oecologia, and Issues in Science and Technology. In 2007, she helped to found Science Debate; an initiative encouraging candidates to debate science research and innovation issues on the campaign trail. Previously, Sheril was a research associate at Duke University's Nicholas School of the Environment and has served as a Fellow with the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation at the American Museum of Natural History and as a Howard Hughes Research Fellow. She has contributed reports to The Nature Conservancy and provided assistance on international protected area projects. Sheril serves as a science advisor to NPR's Science Friday and its nonprofit partner, Science Friday Initiative. She also serves on the program committee for the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). She speaks regularly around the country to audiences at universities, federal agencies, and museums and has been a guest on such programs as The Today Show and The Daily Rundown on MSNBC. Sheril is a graduate of Tufts University and holds two masters of science degrees in marine biology and marine policy from the University of Maine. She co-hosts The Intersection on Discover blogs with Chris Mooney and has contributed to DeSmogBlog, Talking Science, Wired Science and Seed. She was born in Suffern, New York and is also a musician. Sheril lives in Austin, Texas with her husband David Lowry. Interested in booking Sheril Kirshenbaum to speak at your next event? Contact Hachette Speakers Bureau 866.376.6591 For more information, visit her website or email Sheril at


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