Category Archive: Feminism

Feb 25 2014

Slut Shaming at Duke University

An uproar has broken out on the campus of Duke University, where a freshman who makes porn movies to pay her tuition has had her identity outed and is facing the predictable slut-shaming that goes with it. But she’s not shrinking from it. She wrote an eloquent and compelling essay about it at XOJane.

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Feb 20 2014

GUEST POST: Kile Jones Interviews Judith Butler

This is a guest post by Kile Jones, a religious studies PhD candidate at Claremont Lincoln University and founder of the Claremont Journal of Religion. He’s also a contributor to the Feminism and Religion blog. This is an interview he did recently with Judith Butler, one of the most prominent philosophers and feminists in the country.

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Feb 07 2014

Morse’s Dishonest Framing

Jennifer Roback Morse of the Ruth Institute, an affiliate of the National Organization for Marriage, has an interview with the National Catholic Register that shows just how utterly dishonest wingnuts can be in framing the issues they care about. Some of the rhetoric is simply inane:

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Jan 14 2014

No, Single Mothers Are Not Breaking the Budget

Amanda Marcotte answers an increasingly common argument from the right about single mothers and how if they’d all just find a man and get married, they’d stop costing us so much in public assistance payments. Some examples of this argument being made:

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Jan 01 2014

LA Parish: 14 Year Old Rape Victim Wanted It

It’s the same story you’ve heard a hundred times. 40-year old guard at a juvenile detention center in Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana rapes a 14-year old girl. Girl sues the detention center and the parish that runs it. Parish says, “Sure, it happened. But she was asking for it.”

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Dec 03 2013

Sikivu on Secularism and Social Justice

FTB’s own Sikivu Hutchinson is interviewed in Psychology Today about secularism and social justice and what she has to say, as always, is fascinating and important. The first question was about a statement she had made about how women of color are drawn to religion despite its constant attempts to oppress them.

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Nov 19 2013

Creepy White Guys and Asian Women


It seems like half the atheist activists I know are on OKCupid, including our own Miri Mogilevsky, and the women in particular have sometimes posted some of the appalling messages they get from men on the site. Apparently it would be much worse if they were Asian. Here’s a tumblr full of messages Asian women …

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Nov 05 2013

‘But Saudi Women Like Being Oppressed!’

There’s been a big push to allow women in Saudi Arabia to drive, coming primarily from women there, of course. Ahmed Abdel-Raheem, a poet, actor and apparently sometimes teacher, offers a transparently ridiculous argument for why it’s okay not to allow them to drive.

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Oct 27 2013

Vox Day Defends Taliban on Educating Women

Some of you may think that Vox Day, after coming out against women having the right to vote, couldn’t get any more repulsive. This post, in which he defends the Taliban for denying women the right to an education (through violent means, of course), should disabuse you of that notion.

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Oct 22 2013

NYC Mayoral Candidate Runs Into Jewish Misogyny

New York City is all atwitter over the fact that Republican mayoral candidate Joe Lhota made a “faux pas” by walking into a Jewish temple with — gasp! — women with him, though it seems to me that this is entirely the wrong part of the story to focus on.

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Oct 03 2013

Women as Property in Uganda

Our four young Pathfinders are still in Uganda at the Kasese Humanist Primary School and they are learning a great deal about the cultural differences between that country and the United States. After finding out that men are not allowed to pour water or serve food to women, they learned how dowries operate in that …

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Oct 02 2013

Driving Makes Womens’ Pelvises ‘Roll Up’

As women in Saudi Arabia try to win the right to drive for the first time, a Saudi sheikh and — for crying out loud — psychologist says that there is a very good reason not to let them drive. If women drive, it will affect their ovaries and their pelvises will “roll up.” Whatever …

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Sep 27 2013

Ladies and Gentlemen, the World’s Biggest Douchebag


On Wednesday, the guy behind the Sleepless in Austin website was revealed and the previous world record for douchebaggery was shattered, possibly forever. He’s a 39-year old guy who is just looking for love because he’s lonely. And after reading his website, you pretty quickly understand why. Here’s what he’s looking for in a girl:

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Sep 24 2013

Interview With Haifaa al-Mansour

ThinkProgress has an interview with Haifaa al-Mansour, the director of a new movie called Wadjda, about “a young girl who decides to enter a Koran-recitation competition to win the money to buy a bicycle she wants to use to race a neighbor boy.” It’s apparently the first movie to actually be filmed in Saudi Arabia …

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Sep 23 2013

Rios Can’t Believe Women Can Run Anything

Sandy Rios is another one of those strange women like Phyllis Schlafly who thinks that all other women should be in subservient roles to men not only at home but everywhere else too. On her radio show, she expressed complete disbelief that there were female FBI agents on TV after the shootings at the Washington …

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