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Category Archive: feminism

Jun 06 2013

It’s OK to shoot hookers in Texas — but only if it’s dark outside

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It’s hard to imagine, without knowing the story, how someone could shoot a woman in the back of the head and then, quite literally, get away with murder.  Actually, it’s pretty hard to believe when you do know the story because that is what has just happened in Texas. Ezekiel Gilbert hired a woman from …

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May 23 2013

[Archive] Why Atheism Inspires Me to Seek Social Justice

Today, a repost. Last year, Ian Cromwell started a series asking atheists at large to contribute what being an atheist has done to improve their lives. Though I was not raised in a particularly religious fashion—a progressive take on Catholicism, followed by the epitome of spiritual-but-not-religious—my involvement in the secular movement and active identification as an atheist …

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May 19 2013

Taking it Personally: Privilege and Women in Secularism

Illustration by Tom Gauld for The Guardian

There is a tendency for people to take criticism of ideas personally.  It’s true of all people, though I noticed it particularly this weekend at the Women in Secularism conference.  People also have a bad habit of criticizing individuals rather than their ideas.  I do not claim freedom from this tendency, although I do work …

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May 17 2013

[#wiscfi] Kate Live Blogging Women in Secularism

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I am! I’m here! It’s nice, if a bit muggy in DC, and I am trying to avoid buying ALL THE SURLIES (but will eventually crack). Jason, Miri, and I will be trading off live blogging events! Ron Lindsay is reading from the Bible right now, and you should go head on over to Lousy …

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Mar 26 2013

Prop 8 Media Appearances Round Up (UPDATED)

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NEW: Me on Politico video where you can see just how terrible the conditions were. NEW: Same photo in galleries at the LA Times and Politico.  You can see how creepy the statue is in the LA Times version. Me on the NYTimes video talking about waiting to get in. Me talking to CBS Los Angeles about …

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Mar 25 2013

Prop 8 at scotus , in line

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It’s cold and snowing. I’m 51st in line. Interesting people, mostly pro equality. Chilling under my tarp Edit: more pics

Mar 18 2013

Rapists are more than monsters, victims are more than victims

Steubenville Rape

There have been a few conversations going on online this week about what is and isn’t rape, who is and isn’t a rapist, and the Steubenville rape case and the HBO show Girls have been at the center of these conversations.  Obviously, the two are not equivalent in terms of moral weight, but they both …

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Feb 20 2013

Liberal Tips to Avoid Rape: Conservatives on Twitter get nasty

A Colorado politician said: It’s why we have call boxes, it’s why we have safe zones, it’s why we have the whistles. Because you just don’t know who you’re gonna be shooting at. And you don’t know if you feel like you’re gonna be raped, or if you feel like someone’s been following you around …

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Feb 06 2013

Forward Thinking: What Would You Tell Teens About Sex?

Libby Anne and Dan Fincke have been running a project called Forward Thinking. Prompts are proposed, and bloggers can respond. Every two weeks a roundup of links is published. The most recent topic is what we should be telling teenagers about sex. Being as I was a teenager a very short six months ago, I …

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Feb 05 2013

Ashley Speaking in Chapel Hill Next Monday

If you are in the Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill area and like Freethought Blogs and/or me and/or the topic of social justice movements and religion, then have I got good news for you! I will be speaking at UNC-CH for their SSA (Secular Student Alliance) and SAGA (Sexuality and Gender Alliance) groups. Monday, February 11, …

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