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Monthly Archive: January 2013

Jan 25 2013

Wafa Sultan at Women in Secularism 2012

You also get to see Wafa Sultan’s talk…which was one of the most shattering things I ever saw/heard. Be prepared for that. Have a stack of paper towels handy. But do not miss it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nOK-F79aRBo&feature=share&list=PLFo5kdUdZWj6fGZ3Mu6yvxMzfU6Sz_b-B

Jan 25 2013

Interruptions, for example

You are so lucky! You get to see Bernice Sandler’s talk at Women in Secularism 2012, at last. It’s about the subtle, unnoticed ways women and men are treated differently. What??? Really? Is that true? There are subtle, unnoticed ways women and men are treated differently? Who could ever possibly have guessed… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kyT3uW9Ib9E&feature=share&list=PLFo5kdUdZWj6fGZ3Mu6yvxMzfU6Sz_b-B

Jan 25 2013

He bruised his knuckles when he punched her

It was all Mary Beard’s fault, as it turns out. No really; it was. The guy who ran that website says so. If he doesn’t know, who does?! The co-owner and moderator of the website that published abusive comments about Mary Beard has accused the Cambridge academic of using the row to deflect from her …

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Jan 25 2013

Observances

Where is this Big Book of God’s Rules where God spells out all these new rules that some people know all about but I’ve never heard of? Like the rule that a girl who works at Burger King has to wear a long skirt instead of trousers? I seriously have no idea where that rule …

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Jan 24 2013

Women’s hour

Maureen Brian alerted me to Mary Beard’s appearance (there should be a hearing-word version of “appearance” for radio and podcasts – can’t be audience, that’s taken, and I can’t think of what else it could be) on Women’s Hour to talk about verbal abuse online. She reports that the guys who run the repellent website that …

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Jan 24 2013

A good little girl doesn’t

Laura Bates objects to casual sexism among politicians in the UK. Murdo Fraser, Member of the Scottish Parliament for Mid-Scotland and Fife, discovered last week that the wife of former Liberal leader Lord Steel had declared herself pro-independence. He tweeted: “Why is Lady Steel (apparently) pro-independence? Is he not master in his own house?” Presumably Fraser was …

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Jan 24 2013

“She whined”

I hope you enjoyed your break from the misogyny wars yesterday – I held off on commenting on the Ms piece in order to make it a real break – because the wars aren’t over yet. I’m staggered by something I just read by Rod Liddle at the Spectator. I’ve been staggered by things Rod …

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Jan 23 2013

On the relationship between philosophy, science and morality

Massimo goes a few rounds with the ol’ science can whup philosophy story. Oh my, I thought I was done for a while chastising skeptics like Sam Harris on the relationship between philosophy, science and morality, and I just found out that my friend Michael Shermer has incurred a similar (though not quite as egregious as Harris’) bit of …

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Jan 23 2013

Not persons after all?

Oh how interesting. Catholic hospitals don’t always say that a fetus is a person. For instance, how about when an on-call obstetrician doesn’t answer the page when a pregnant woman is in the ER having a heart attack and she ends up dying? And then her husband files a wrongful death suit? No, not then. …

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Jan 23 2013

The barmaid agrees

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A great new Jesus and Mo. First, a word from their sponsor – You may notice the return of the “Help J&M pay their hosting fees” button in the r/h column. This is because our current host – the magnificent nearlyfreespeech.net – have changed their billing system to make it fairer for sites which don’t …

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