A new study published in Lancet that tried to accurately gauge the prevalence of rape in many Asian cultures found some staggering and appalling results. The study, funded by several United Nations agencies, interviewed more than 10,000 men and asked them if they had ever forced a partner or non-partner to have sex. The percentages …
Category Archive: Feminism
Sep 17 2013
Sep 17 2013
The Fix the Family website, founded by a couple of hardcore Catholics, has a handy dandy list of reasons why women should not go to college. The long and short of it: It will send them into the clutches of the devil himself and ruin them for being a dutiful wife and mother. But first …
Aug 15 2013
I’ve written several times about Elizabeth Cady Stanton, the 19th century freethinker who was one of the most prominent leaders of the women’s rights movement. Here’s anti-feminist Dorothy Kelley Patterson telling a Concerned Women for America conference that Stanton was under the influence of Satan.
Aug 14 2013
One of the more barbaric passages in the Bible is found in Deuteronomy 22, which comprises the Mosaic law on how to handle premarital sex and rape. It’s the chapter that says that a woman who is found not be a virgin on her wedding day is to be stoned to death.
Aug 12 2013
Christian writer Os Guinness did an interview with David Brody of the 700 Club and made the truly idiotic claim that there is a tradeoff between gay rights and women’s rights because “many of the cultures where you have a high view of homosexuality have a very low view of women.”
Aug 04 2013
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: A group of ultra-Orthodox Jewish misogynists threw a temper tantrum when a woman refused to move to the back of the bus as instructed, smashing windows out of several buses and blocking them from continuing on their route.
Jul 30 2013
A group of female former executives from Merrill Lynch are suing the company for a variety of forms of gender discrimination, one of which is that they were apparently all given copies of a book called Seducing the Boy’s Club: Uncensored Tactics From a Woman at the Top by a female ad exec named Nine …
Jul 23 2013
Friday was the 165th anniversary of the opening of the Seneca Falls Convention in 1848, the more or less official beginning of American feminism. It began with Elizabeth Cady Stanton reading a Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions. And though that declaration referred to a “creator,” Stanton herself was a freethinker. Stanton wrote an essay called …
Jul 23 2013
Federal Judge Leon Holmes has, who has a history of believing and saying extremely sexist things, has recused himself from a legal challenge against Arkansas’ ban on same-sex marriage because he has ties to some of the people who put that law on the ballot in that state. As ThinkProgress notes, Holmes has a real …
Jul 23 2013
I would never have guessed, but I am apparently a second class citizen. No, not by virtue of being an atheist but by virtue of being male. And to make things worse, a white male. And still worse, a straight white male. In the real world, that makes me extraordinarily privileged; on Planet Wingnuttia, where …
Jul 16 2013
Malala Yousafzi, the courageous young lady who was shot in the head by the Taliban for demanding education for women, gave a speech to student delegates at the United Nations. Yeah, it’s full of religious language, but I don’t care. I couldn’t get through this without tears and I bet you won’t either.
Jul 05 2013
Valerie Tarico has a collection of 20 quotes from Christian leaders, from the early church fathers to modern fundamentalist preachers, showing extraordinary misogyny. I haven’t traced the origin of these quotes, so I’m trusting Tarico’s research here, but some of these are truly appalling:
Jul 04 2013
I have long argued that the real target of much of the Christian right is not abortion or homosexuality, it’s contraception. Michael Orsi, a chaplain and professor at Ave Maria Law School, confirms this by tracing marriage equality to the availability of birth control.
Jul 02 2013
If you want to see a textbook example of how to take down a ridiculous misogynist with eloquence, intelligence and humanity, take a look at this post by Avicenna. He responds to an anonymous bit of hate (and stupidity) mail he received recently and this is a cerebral ass kicking of epic proportions. His correspondent …
Jun 21 2013
James Taranto of the Wall Street Journal likes to pretend to be one of the more sane and reasonable conservative voices. This column may well kill any chance he had of doing that. Discussing a general whose promotion is being challenged because she overruled a military jury that convicted an officer of rape, he writes …