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Ophelia Benson

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Date registered: August 26, 2011
URL: http://freethoughtblogs.com/butterfliesandwheels/

Biography

Ophelia Benson is a columnist for Free Inquiry and the co-author of The Dictionary of Fashionable Nonsense, Why Truth Matters, and Does God Hate Women?

Latest posts

  1. Back you go — April 24, 2014
  2. He’s often wondered — April 24, 2014
  3. The sad fact is — April 24, 2014
  4. Guest post on why secularism matters — April 24, 2014
  5. Real enough? — April 24, 2014

Most commented posts

  1. Jim Jefferies — 606 comments
  2. Bullying at 35 thousand feet — 556 comments
  3. I’m out — 535 comments
  4. A man generally cannot know — 389 comments

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Apr 24 2014

Back you go

It’s possible that Sri Lanka is doing Buddhism wrong. It’s also possible that I have a naïve view of Buddhism, and that non-attachment is entirely compatible with being petty and obsessive about things that don’t matter. You be the judge. A British tourist is to be deported from Sri Lanka because of a Buddha tattoo …

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Apr 24 2014

He’s often wondered

Cliven Bundy has more bad ideas he wants everyone to know about. Bundy is attempting to use his newfound fame to spread more than just his views on grazing rights, telling the Times he planned to hold a daily news conference. Remember Joe the Plumber? I think what we have here is another such populist …

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Apr 24 2014

The sad fact is

Soraya Chemaly has a piece on the ubiquity and invisibility of everyday sexism. A point she makes at the end should be a post-it on everyone’s forehead for a few years. The sad fact is that while it is polite to express sexist ideas, confronting them is considered the height of rudeness and humorlessness.

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Apr 24 2014

Guest post on why secularism matters

Originally a comment by jesse on Built on Christian values. Well, unlike the US, England (and the UK as I understand it) still has an established church, as do many other European countries, which may be part of the problem. In the US at least we can be more explicit about secularism, even though there has …

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Apr 24 2014

Real enough?

For the people who think cyberbullying is trivial or unreal or harmless or totally incapable of being traumatic – have a little collection of case studies. Megan Meier, a 13-year-old Missouri native, started messaging a boy she had never met via MySpace. The comments posted by someone using the account name of “Josh Evans” began friendly …

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Apr 24 2014

Cameron’s subtext

The sociologist Abbie Day, who is Reader in Race, Faith and Culture, Department of Sociology, Goldsmiths, University of London, has an article on Cameron’s recent issuing of religious instructions. She notes the low church attendance and census decline but says they’re not all that matters. …it’s easy to get distracted by numbers, which are themselves never neutral …

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Apr 23 2014

Just put up with it, dearie

Have some bad advice. It’s given by someone called Penelope Trunk, who is the founder of something called Brazen Careerist, which is “a social network for young professionals.” She gives “career advice” at her website, penelopetrunk.com. I wouldn’t look to her for advice if I were you. CBS News disagrees with me though, and offers her advice …

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Apr 23 2014

Can he say that on the air? Hell yes.

Sexism? What sexism? I don’t see any sexism. You must be imagining things. Conservative “pundit” and contributor to Fox “News” Eric Erickson is pissed at the thought that Hillary Clinton might run for president in a couple of years, because she’s so ugly. “She’s going to be old!” Erickson noted. “I don’t know how far …

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Apr 23 2014

Clever corvidae

A very cool Nova episode about animal minds. If you want a particular highlight start at 8:50 to watch the New Caledonia crow faced with a novel problem it takes 8 steps to solve. The crow has done each step separately before, but never seen them combined. It’s pretty damn fascinating.

Apr 23 2014

Hoping and bobing and singing this sawng

The Donald does Twitter. What does he do when he does Twitter? He says Obama goes down the stairs of the plane wrong. He should be doing it slowly and ponderously so that we will all be overawed and a little abject, instead of running down them because dude they’re stairs, you go down them, …

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