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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. Gabriel García Márquez — April 17, 2014
  2. Silence empowers the Neo-Nazis — April 17, 2014
  3. You check it like you actually give a damn — April 17, 2014
  4. Sisters contact — April 17, 2014
  5. Ownership — April 17, 2014

Most commented posts

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  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 16 2014

More from Father Gearoid

After Gearoid O Donchu says he would do nothing different as a result of hearing the confession, so he would let the people who drank the poisoned wine after him drink it and die. Michael responded [5:40] I think anybody listening to this will understand that that is a deeply immoral position – that on …

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Apr 16 2014

Florida leads the way

It’s not just Oklahoma. Florida passed a bill last year barring local governments from enacting mandatory paid sick time laws. The Orlando Sentinel reported on June 14: Florida Gov. Rick Scottdidn’t waste much time in signing a bill Friday that would block local governments from enacting mandatory paid sick time measures, such as the one pending in Orange County. …

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Apr 15 2014

Guest post on “you got politics in my programming”

Originally a comment by DrMcCoy on When openness is taken as an absolute. as few as 1.5% of open source programmers are women [...] chauvinism, assumptions of inferiority, and outrageous examples of impropriety (including sexual harassment at conferences where programmers gather) to a lack of women mentors and role models A shame. really. :/ This …

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Apr 15 2014

That’s absolutely shocking

Michael Nugent and a priest, Gearoid O Donchu, on RTE’s Liveline with Joe Duffy talking about whether priests should report child rapists whose rapes they learn of via the confessional. Michael starts briskly with It’s one of these things where the Catholic church thinks their own internal rules trump the law of the land. They …

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Apr 15 2014

Only male lecturers are assigned

More gender segregation at universities and colleges, this time in Israel. (Sorry about that site – it sticks a share button on the margin where it blocks some of the text and you can’t move either the button or the text. Top notch design, there, Al-Monitor.) Israel is trying to get more ultra-Orthodox to do …

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Apr 15 2014

When openness is taken as an absolute

Another piece about the (cough) unwelcoming atmosphere for women online. Astra Taylor makes the connection between the libertarian worldview of many techy types and the flourishing of misogyny. Despite being held up as a paragon of political virtue, evidence suggests that as few as 1.5% of open source programmers are women, a number far lower than the …

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Apr 15 2014

Rayhaneh Jabbari still breathes

Fox News (it’s the only source for this I’ve seen) says the execution of Rayhaneh Jabbari has been postponed. She was scheduled to be killed today. The government announced that the execution will be postponed but did not give any indication the sentence had been overturned. It also did not disclose if any future execution date had …

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Apr 15 2014

A white supremacist doesn’t like being called a white supremacist

There’s this from Ed Brayton: So it looks like I’m going to be sued by a white supremacist who doesn’t like it that I’ve called him a white supremacist several times over the last few years. I’m not going to go into a lot of detail right now because I need to hire an attorney …

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Apr 15 2014

Let them eat cupcakes

From the annals of Grinding the Poor: At a time when many states and cities are working passing minimum wage increases, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (R) has gone in the opposite direction and signed a law banning cities from passing higher wages. The bill also bans them from enacting paid sick days or vacation requirements. That’s…pretty extraordinary. No …

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Apr 14 2014

Catholic hospitals exist to provide “Christ-centered health care”

Just when you think the Catholic theocrats can’t get any more disgusting, they surprise you. Catholic News Agency reports the theocratic point of view on Catholic hospitals and health care institutions refusing to provide contraception. Following controversy over a Catholic-affiliated medical center’s rejection of contraceptive practices in Oklahoma, physicians have said that such institutions are …

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