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Jul 23 2014

#KnitABrick Knits the Secular Community Together in Response to Hobby Lobby: Guest Post from Amanda Metskas

This is a guest post from Amanda K. Metskas, President of the Secular Coalition for America. When I learned to knit more than 10 years ago, I never envisioned it would be relevant in my professional life. But with the results of the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision, now I am knitting to make a …

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Jun 30 2014

Hobby Lobby, the Supreme Court, and the Toxic Notion of Corporate Personhood

Do you remember back in 2008, when Sarah Palin was asked which Supreme Court decisions she didn’t agree with other than Roe v. Wade, and she couldn’t think of any? I remember it became sort of a game among some of us: as ordinary citizens who were not running for the second highest public office …

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Jun 03 2014

Elliot Rodger and Misogyny Denialism: The Call Is Coming From Inside The House

How much more clear does it have to get? When men in Islamist theocracies assault, rape, and kill women, we have no problem calling it misogynist hatred. When they explicitly state that their motivation is to enforce God’s gender roles and put women in their place, we have no problem calling it misogynist hatred. And …

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Jun 02 2014

“Who cares, Granny? Pipe down.” “are u a dude or a gurl?”

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A couple more pieces of joy from Twitter, in response to my #YesAllWomen tear. Me: @AUseaotter So you know who random attention seekers are, vs. “real” sexists? As if seeking attention by trolling #YesAllWomen isn’t sexist? Asshole on Twitter: @GretaChristina @AUseaotter are u a dude or a gurl? Me: @AUseaotter So you know who random …

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May 30 2014

Some More Really Good Posts on Elliot Rodger, Misogyny, and Misogyny Denialism

Content note: misogyny, violence against women, misogyny denialism. I’m working on my own post about Elliot Rodger, misogyny, and misogyny denialism. In the meantime, here is a roundup of some more of the best stuff I’ve read about it. I’m finding it really helpful to read what other people are writing about this: it’s clarifying …

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May 29 2014

“I just want to rape you,” “you dirty piece of property”

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Content note: rape threat, violence against women, misogyny. Still more joy from Twitter, in response to my #YesAllWomen tear. Asshole on Twitter: @GretaChristina I don’t hate you. I just want to rape you. #deservedit #yesallmen @BinkyToes: @GretaChristina That user is suspended. YAY! Asshole on Twitter: @BinkyToes @GretaChristina No I’m not you dirty piece of property. …

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May 29 2014

#YesAllWomen — My Stuff

Content note: Misogyny, violence against women and girls, trivialization of same. Just posted these to Twitter. #YesAllWomen The two boys in third grade who pinned me down and pulled down my pants so they could get a look… #YesAllWomen … and the fact that I didn’t tell anyone, because *I* felt ashamed. #YesAllWomen The college …

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May 26 2014

Misogynist Killer Post Compilation

Content note: misogyny, violence against women, murder I have a deadline coming up, and won’t be able to write about the Elliot Rodger mass murder for a couple/ few days. Many people have been writing excellent things about it. Here are links to just a few, with brief excerpts from each. Laurie Penny, New Statesman, …

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Sep 09 2013

Help the Foundation Beyond Belief Help Syrian Refugees

The Foundation Beyond Belief is doing a crisis response to help Syrian refugees. Please help if you can. Even a small amount makes a difference.

Sep 09 2013

A Martyr of Modern Skepticism: The Assassination of Prominent Atheist Narendra Dabholkar

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A great skeptical leader has been assassinated. This didn’t happen in a tyrannical theocracy. This happened in a modern, supposedly secular nation, with no state religion, and with first-class programs of science and medicine. And still, for the crime of criticizing religious beliefs, questioning them, and subjecting them to scientific scrutiny, a great skeptical leader …

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