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Monthly Archive: February 2013

Feb 28 2013

It’s all so easy

Rod Liddle is going for the contemptuously sexist asshole prize again. All this fuss about Rennard and his way of pestering women; pish tosh, old bean, what a lot of bother about nothing. I don’t doubt that it is sometimes unpleasant for women to work in some male-dominated trades and professions, because of the behaviour …

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Feb 28 2013

The wonders of anti-vaxxing

A measles outbreak in South Wales: 189 cases. Parents are being urged to make sure their children receive the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccination. So that they won’t get measles. Dr Marion Lyons, director of health protection for Public Health Wales (PHW), said: “We continue to be concerned at the number of cases of …

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Feb 28 2013

Reputation management instructions

Justin Vacula has a typically clueless video responding to Stephanie’s post on his “advice” to feminists being harassed on the internet. Stephanie and athcyo combined to produce a transcript. I started emitting steam before I was halfway through the transcript. I want to say why. My recommendations here, for people who face criticism and hate …

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Feb 28 2013

Reading University is disappoint

Reading University issued a statement on the cancellation of the talk by Thahabi, that is, a joint statement from Reading University Muslim Society, Reading University Students Union (RUSU) and the University of Reading. Reading University Muslim Society, Reading University Students Union (RUSU) and the University of Reading are in agreement that the laudable aims of the Muslim …

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Feb 28 2013

More news from Reading University

I found an interesting update from Adam Goodkin of the Reading University student atheist humanist secularist society on Facebook this morning: an event they were protesting has been called off. I bet you can guess what kind of event it was before I quote from Pink News on the subject. Homophobic cleric Abu Usamah at-Thahabi will no …

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Feb 27 2013

Audible gasps in the Supreme Court’s lawyers’ lounge

Scalia thinks protection of the right to vote is a “perpetuation of racial entitlement,” at least he does when the right being protected is the one being protected by the Voting Rights Act. There were audible gasps in the Supreme Court’s lawyers’ lounge, where audio of the oral argument is pumped in for members of …

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Feb 27 2013

The experimenter said “you should make some effort”

Jadehawk has a useful post about what psychology considers harassment. Just imagine: there is research. It’s possible to find out what harassment does to people. Because certain entities on the web feel like redefining all forms of internet harassment and threat as “trolling” just because it happens online or via unusual media, I decided to …

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Feb 27 2013

Throw the rock overhand, like this

There’s an Islamist Facebook page that posted a set of graphics showing how to stone someone to death. The graphics were originally published by the National Post on November 20 2010. The Facebook graphics are below the fold. Trigger warning, obviously. The National Post article was illustrating the horror. The Facebook page is apparently giving …

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Feb 27 2013

What you see

Reading Michael Kimmel’s The Gendered Society. His argument is that the genders aren’t unequal because different, but different because unequal. The inequality is always justified on the basis of difference, but the inequality itself makes the genders different. What’s different over the past thirty years – now forty: the book was published in 2000 – …

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Feb 27 2013

Makers

There was a pretty good documentary on the recent history of the women’s movement in the US on PBS last night. It featured Pat Schroeder a lot, which was fun, because she was at Moving Secularism Forward last year (and I got her name tag as a souvenir). The last hour, on the most recent history, …

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