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Monthly Archive: July 2012

Jul 29 2012

Stiff upper lip v misogyny

Wow. Last January the first meeting of the All-Party Women’s Group in the UK Parliament met to discuss “The Media: A Female Politician’s Worst Enemy?” Well there’s a subject, eh? British women no longer apologise in a whisper: they blame themselves and each other in loud and strident voices, refusing to admit or allow any vulnerability, and advocating …

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Jul 29 2012

Civil but not sedate

More on this issue about how to discuss things without everyone getting out the flamethrowers, and do we even want to discuss things that way, and is it the right thing to do even if we don’t want to. I do think it’s better to err on the side of avoiding calling people names, but …

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Jul 29 2012

Known (among women at least) as someone to avoid

It’s well known (to people who follow such things) that philosophy stands out among academic disciplines in its shortage of women. For years, many philosophers have been frustrated by the status of women in the discipline, which remains male-dominated in many ways, even as other humanities fields have seen more women advance into  leadership positions. …

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Jul 28 2012

A camel with a hammer offers a tap upside the head

Dan Fincke has a good point in comments on his own post about namecalling on blogs (or on his blog, which comes to the same thing). It’s a point that I probably ought to do a better job of keeping in mind. The post says don’t call people demeaning names, and says why. (It’s obvious …

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Jul 28 2012

The council is leaning

A girl of 16 in the Dominican Republic is in the hospital with acute leukemia. She can’t get life-saving chemotherapy because she’s ten weeks pregnant. Following a change to the constitution in 2010, abortion in the Dominican Republic is banned under any circumstances, even when the mother’s health or life is in danger. But wait, you …

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Jul 28 2012

Mapping the streaks

Skepticism, libertarianism, and conspiracy theory sometimes combine into one package. …new research to be published in a forthcoming issue of Psychological Science has found a link between the endorsement of conspiracy theories and the rejection of established facts about climate science. In a survey of more than 1,000 readers of websites related to climate change, people who agreed …

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Jul 28 2012

He battered her about the head

A squalid little story out of Manchester Crown Court. A Muslim preacher who tried to strangle his 16-year old daughter after she refused to enter into an arranged marriage with her cousin has escaped jail. Abid Hussain, 56, grabbed the neck of Rabiyah Abid and said: ‘If you don’t follow my rules I will kill …

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Jul 27 2012

Vyckie Garrison speaking to Seattle Atheists tomorrow

Saturday, 1 p.m., the 2100 Building on at 2100 24th Avenue South, between Hill and Walker. Very near Borracchini’s Bakery. Go to there!

Jul 27 2012

Number 4

Amy has the latest, from Nick Lee, the President of Atheist Alliance International. Movement leaders frequently bemoan the gender imbalance in the movement and wonder what can be done to motivate more women to become active leaders. We need the diversity of thought and experiences from females (and minorities), not as tokens but as fully …

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Jul 27 2012

Stop before it’s too late

Deep question of the day. Is it fun to have protracted arguments about complicated subjects on Twitter? I say no. Hell no. It’s irritating as fuck. It’s stupid. It’s pointless – because there are better tools available so why the hell use Twitter? Twitter is good for some things, but complicated arguments are not among …

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