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Monthly Archive: August 2012

Aug 29 2012

They’re not a separate issue

One nice thing. There’s a transcript of a hangout PZ did with Rebecca and Jen and Brownian and Louis. (I’m not sure I know Louis.) Louis is apparently in the UK, and he said a thing I liked. So I see the vitriol, I see the vehemence of it. And I can understand Brownian’s point, …

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Aug 29 2012

Landscape on Mars

Seen the picture of Mount Sharp? Postcards from Mars, eh.

Aug 29 2012

So that she will mend her ways

Małgorzata has sent me another gem - a lecture on tv by an Egyptian cleric explaining why men have to beat up women. Abd Al-Rahman Mansour: Islam instructs a man to beat his wife as a last resort before divorce, so that she will mend her ways, treat him with kindness and respect, and know that her …

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Aug 29 2012

Police the borders

The Everyday Sexism Project keeps track of that very thing. If you follow it on Twitter you see a lot of items that people send in. One today was the children’s magazine rack at Tesco. Picture by @sconesgone

Aug 29 2012

Both parties have respect

Fabulous. The Republicans are having New York’s archbishop Timothy Dolan saying a goodbye prayer at their convention, so now the Democrats are having him too, so that everyone will know that both parties suck up to the Catholic church because hey, votes. The fact that Dolan will be speaking at both conventions, Mayor Michael Bloomberg …

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Aug 28 2012

Enabling them

Aron Ra said his piece in Amy’s series. Remember that we’re not talking about religizombies either; we’re talking about plainly prejudiced people who consistently identify as, associate with, and participate in the freethinking community –both virtually and personally. Yes or no, are these the sort of people you want to have seen as representative of …

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Aug 28 2012

Giles Fraser versus human rights

Giles Fraser strongly disapproves of the idea (and the judicial finding) that non-medical circumcision is what it is: genital cutting of an infant for religious reasons. Generally, the logic behind these moves is that circumcision is an act of unnecessary violence against a child and that it is imposing a belief system against a child’s will. If …

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Aug 28 2012

Tighten it up

Hooray, great strides for women in India. An Indian company has launched what it claims is the country’s first vagina tightening cream, saying it will make women feel “like a virgin” again. The company says it is about empowering women… Empowering women? By making them feel “like a virgin”? Because virgin women are so powerful? …

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Aug 27 2012

I do a guest post

Taslima invited me to write a post on why I’m a feminist, so now I get to have the honor of a post on Taslima’s blog. Woot!

Aug 27 2012

Is this a fork in the road or just an added lane?

Ron Lindsay has some observations on atheism plus. Good stuff. One question he asks in conclusion - CFI has long been active in supporting LGBT equality, in supporting reproductive rights, in supporting equality for women, in opposing suppression of women and minorities, not just in the US but in other countries, in supporting public schools, in advocating …

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