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Category Archive: Sexism

Jun 22 2014

Not just veiled

I happened to stumble upon this lovely link this morning. Q. Why does Jewish law object to women singing in front of men? A. The rule derived from the Talmud (Ber. 24a etc.) is kol b’ishah ervah – “A woman’s voice arouses (desire)”. Charming, isn’t it?

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Dec 14 2013

Much better

Now this is a refreshing change. I’m a developer. A few years ago, I moved to a new city and met some new friends who talked about racism and sexism more than I had ever thought about before. At first I was uncomfortable and didn’t like a lot what they were saying – and I …

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Jul 21 2013

Small government? How small?

Thought for the day: Jesus said, “You must be born again.” Is that why so many legislators are trying to push the government into women’s vaginas?

Jul 14 2013

Changing The Creepy Guy Narrative

Today’s must-read narrative, about one too many creepy guys on a subway. So a thing happened to me yesterday on the BART as I was coming home from work. (And no, it wasn’t a Sharknado…mores the pity.) Maybe I’m just rewriting history or trying to make a story fit in this the context of this …

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Jun 30 2013

Opinions

I said it again the other day, but then I had second thoughts. “Everyone’s entitled to their own opinion,” I said, but is that really true? Have you ever thought about the full range of opinions we’re implicitly endorsing by saying everyone is entitled to believe whatever they believe?

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Nov 26 2012

Religious right to meddle

The Conservative Hideout is all up in arms about what they call a “war on Christians.” Notice that there seems to be a war on Christianity under way? Well, the folks at Hobby lobby have noticed, as they went to court to escape the the ObamaCare regulations that require them to provide coverage for the …

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Oct 25 2012

A dialog between materialists

One more point I’d like to mention about the abortion debate is that it’s a dialog between materialists. Most pro-lifers are generally religious, and quite a few are conservative evangelical Christians, but when it comes to making pro-life arguments, they’re even more materialistic than the pro-choice side. All this stuff about souls and spirits is …

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Oct 22 2012

The nuanced position

In a comment on my last post, NotAnAtheist writes: [As] I see it, there are two options: 1. You can decide that the point at which the rights of the fetus should be considered cannot be based on anything objective, and is merely a point that is decided upon for some legal / logistical / …

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Oct 16 2012

Blood drives

The last time I gave blood, there was a sign outside that says, “Giving blood saves lives.” As a follow-up to yesterday’s post, I’d like to ask a question. If giving blood saves lives, why don’t we have people roaming the streets, grabbing healthy-looking individuals, and taking their blood by force? I think most people …

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Oct 15 2012

When is it ok to legalize murder?

One of the differences between the Obama/Biden campaign and the Romney/Ryan campaign came out during the VP debates. Biden said he was a faithful Catholic and believed his church’s teaching on abortion (in the true spirit of faith as “believing what you know ain’t so”), but he wasn’t willing to impose his religious beliefs on …

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