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Category Archive: Feminism

Mar 27 2014

Karen Stollznow Legal Defense Fund Is In Place

The Karen Stollznow legal defense fund has been started, and is now in place. If you think victims of sexual harassment should be able to speak out without being silenced by lawsuits or fear of lawsuits, please donate — and please spread the word. My name is Karen Stollznow. I am an author and researcher …

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Mar 26 2014

“I didn’t write it, I never agreed to it, I never signed it”: The Supposed Karen Stollznow Apology

“I didn’t write it, I never agreed to it, I never signed it, and I’m not the liar here.” -Karen Stollznow For those who haven’t been following, a very brief summary: Last year, Karen Stollznow wrote a piece for Scientific American, coming forward with her story of having been sexually harassed. (The piece has since …

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Mar 15 2014

Massimo Pigliucci, Abortion, and the Scope of Tradition – UPDATED

UPDATE: Important note: This post has a different comment policy than the standard one on this blog. Comment policy is at the end of this post. SECOND UPDATE: Pigliucci has now updated his post, from saying that abortion should always be a very difficult and emotional step, to saying that “certain types of abortion (say, …

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Mar 14 2014

James Croft Apologizes and Retracts on Abortion Debate Issue

IMPORTANT UPDATE TO THE POSTS ABOUT DEBATING ABORTIONS: James Croft has changed his mind on the subject of abortion debates, and has apologized and offered a retraction. Good for him. That’s hard to do. Thanks.

Mar 13 2014

Having a Reasonable Debate About Abortion – A Clarification

IMPORTANT UPDATE: James Croft has changed his mind on this, and has apologized and offered a retraction. Good for him. I thought this was pretty clear in the original post on the abortion debates, and most people seem to have gotten it. But I’m going to spell it out more blatantly for those who seem …

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Mar 13 2014

Having a Reasonable Debate About Abortion

sexual inversion book cover

Important note: This post has a different comment policy than the standard one on this blog. Comment policy is at the end of this post. UPDATE: Clarification added at the end, for some people who seem to have some problems with reading for comprehension. SECOND, VERY IMPORTANT UPDATE: James Croft has changed his mind on …

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Mar 10 2014

What’s Wrong With This Picture? UPDATED

Stomp Rocket toy box

Update at the end of this post. This is the box for the Stomp Rocket, a toy for kids (you step on the air pump thingie and it shoots styrofoam rockets into the air). The toy is made for kids age 3 and up. The cover is illustrated with a photograph of two children with …

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Dec 03 2013

Baby, It’s Consensual Outside (Updated)

I’ve been seeing a lot of discussion in the last few days about the song “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.” Unsurprising, what with (a) it being the winter holiday season, and (b) there being a lot of discussion of rape culture lately. I don’t have a huge amount to add to the conversation, other than, “Yup, …

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Sep 12 2013

Ilk Necklaces by Surly Amy!

ilk necklace surly amy blue and purple

Are you one of Greta and Jen’s ilk? Then say it to the world with a Surly Amy necklace! The commentariat here seems to have named themselves! PZ at Pharyngula has his Horde, and now I apparently have… the Ilk. (As in, “Jen, Greta, and their ilk.” And yes, I’m more than happy to share …

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Sep 06 2013

On Being Disillusioned By Heroes… or, No, I Am Not Bloody Well Happy to Hear Horrible Things About the People I Admired

The other problem here is confirmation bias: the tendency to see only what we wanna see. -Brian Dalton, a.k.a. Mr. Deity, responding to reports of sexual harassment, assault and rape being made against prominent figures in the atheist/ skeptical community. Brian Dalton isn’t alone. In many discussions about reports of atheist/ skeptical leaders committing seriously …

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