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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. Using abducted students as cooks, sex slaves and porters — April 17, 2014
  2. Gabriel García Márquez — April 17, 2014
  3. Silence empowers the Neo-Nazis — April 17, 2014
  4. You check it like you actually give a damn — April 17, 2014
  5. Sisters contact — April 17, 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

Author's posts listings

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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Apr 14 2014

A happy photo from Nigeria

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Leo Igwe performs his first humanist wedding.

Apr 14 2014

Sanctimony in Iowa

The governor of that state recently signed a proclamation “in the name and by the authority of the State of Iowa,” inviting “all Iowans who choose to join in thoughtful prayer and humble repentance according to II Chronicles 7:14 in favor of our state and nation to come together on July 14, 2014.” You know, people …

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Apr 14 2014

The angry fanboys

What’s it like being a woman in comics? What’s it like being a woman in comics who writes an article criticizing a comic book cover for among other things featuring a teenage girl with breasts as big as her head? What’s it like being a woman in comics who responds to aggressive (shall we say) …

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Apr 14 2014

If a child under the age of two screams in the night

I didn’t realize Helen Ukpabio was in London, but she is, or at least was last week, according to the Independent. “Lady Apostle” Helen Ukpabio, founder of the controversial Liberty Foundation Gospel Ministries, is believed to still be in the capital after addressing three gatherings last week. The born-again Christian Pentecostal preacher claims to have …

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Apr 14 2014

Parental guidance

Apr 14 2014

The uses of Richard Hoggart

The Guardian on Richard Hoggart: As news of academic Richard Hoggart’s death emerged last week, there was a sense in obituaries and appreciations that the 95-year-old was a figure from the past, the relevance of whose work, most famously his 1957 book The Uses of Literacy, had waned over time. My intellectual development continues to …

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Apr 13 2014

The Jaafari Personal Status Law

Human Rights Watch to Iraq: yo, don’t legalize marriage for 9-year-olds. Iraq’s Council of Ministers should withdraw a new draft Personal Status Law and ensure that Iraq’s legal framework protects women and girls in line with its international obligations. The pending legislation would restrict women’s rights in matters of inheritance and parental and other rights after divorce, …

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Apr 13 2014

She has to hide her truth to be able to live

BenBaz Aziz did an interview for Atheist Alliance International with a transsexual woman in Saudi Arabia…which is not one of the best places to be a trans woman. BenBaz is hoping people will share it. 9- Tell us about the discrimination by the family. Growing up in misogynistic society, surely my family will see females …

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Apr 13 2014

Calvary

I heard a discussion of a new movie, Calvary, on BBC Radio 4′s Saturday Review yesterday; it sounds pretty damn interesting. The Irish Times has a review. The predictably flawless Brendan Gleeson plays Father James Lavelle, a decent priest serving the needs of an absurdly colourful Sligo community, whose world is upended by an unexpected encounter in …

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