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Monthly Archive: May 2013

May 26 2013

Small Things You Can Do To Improve Mental Health In Your Community

[Content note: suicide, mental illness] A few weeks ago Northwestern lost yet another student to suicide. There’s been pressure building all year for improved mental health services on campus, and I think that pressure will soon culminate in real, helpful changes on campus. At the same time, some have been saying that what we need …

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May 24 2013

On Useful and Not-So-Useful Definitions of Racism

[Update 10/22/13: If you've found this post through a racist hate forum, don't bother commenting. Your comment's going straight to the trash and nobody will ever read it. :)] Richard Dawkins, whose Twitter feed never fails to amuse, has lately been discussing racism–specifically, against white people: [Here's the link in case you can't see this] …

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May 23 2013

“It’s not about gender.”

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Sea turtles (superfamily Chelonioidea) are found in all of the world’s oceans except the Arctic. They spend the majority of their lives in the sea, but females return to shore to lay eggs. All seven surviving species of sea turtle are on the endangered species list. Like many marine animals, they are threatened by oil …

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May 22 2013

Assorted Thoughts on Women in Secularism 2

The FtB gang (well, most of it) at WiS2. Credit: Brian D. Engler

Last post about Women in Secularism (for now), I promise! I just wanted to give a quick overview of how things went since I couldn’t do much over the weekend but liveblog/-tweet obsessively. First of all, I want to thank Marcus Ranum (and Stephanie) once again for getting me there. I’m still a little shocked …

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May 19 2013

[guest post] Hello from a Severely Disenchanted Former Democrat

While I’m in DC, here’s a guest post from my friend Andy, who wrote this after he received yet another letter from the Democratic Party asking for donations. To whomever reads this letter: Hello from a severely disenchanted former Democrat. Firstly, I would like to politely ask you to remove me from your records from …

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May 19 2013

[#wiscfi liveblog] What the Secular Movement Can Learn from Other Social Movements

After just four hours of sleep, I’m back to blogging. This is a panel with Debbie Goddard, Carrie Poppy, Desiree Schell, and Greta Christina, and moderated by Soraya Chemaly. 9:08: Soraya: We’re going to compare the secular movement to other social movements, expanding secularism through social justice, and the marginalization of women in social movements. …

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May 18 2013

[#wiscfi liveblog] Secularism: A Right and Demand of Women Worldwide

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Next up is Maryam Namazie, a blogger and activist who’s been involved with tons of secular organizations: Equal Rights Now, the One Law for All Campaign against Sharia Law in Britain, the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain, and Iran Solidarity. 5:00: Namazie is talking about secular activists in the Muslim world who are being persecuted for …

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May 18 2013

[#wiscfi liveblog] The History of Atheism, Feminism, and the Science of Brains

Now up: Jennifer Michael Hecht, a poet and author of three books about history. She has a PhD in the history of science from Columbia, and teaches at the New School and Columbia. 4:05: The first thing we can do to forward the goals that we have is to show up. To do what you’re …

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May 18 2013

[#wiscfi liveblog] Why the Lost History of Secular Women Matters Today

Susan Jacoby is up! She is a journalist and author who’s written a bunch of awesome books, including The Age of American Unreason, which I recently read. 1:50: Susan Jacoby opens with a poem published in 1837 about the trend of women speaking publicly about political causes. Oh, the humanity: 1:53: The reason we’ve been …

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May 18 2013

[#wiscfi liveblog] Sexism and Religion: Can the Knot Be Untied?

I’m finally up and watching Katha Pollitt speak! Pollitt is a poet (say that five times fast) and a columnist for The Nation. 10:10: I chose the topic of my talk today because I didn’t know the answer: can religion be disentangled from the misogyny in its texts and its practices. I asked a random …

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