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Monthly Archive: December 2011

Dec 31 2011

Teaching girls that pretty isn’t pretty enough

Real woman on the left, retouched woman on the right

One of my pet peeves, for far longer than I have identified as a feminist, and probably longer than I’ve even known the word “feminist”, is the creeping and insidious way that women are portrayed as perfect Barbie dolls in the media. When I learned that photos were often retouched, airbrushing away those parts that …

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Dec 31 2011

CFI Canada creating “Good and Godless” campaign

CFI Canada sent around via email, as part of a fundraising effort, the news that they’re planning on starting up a campaign with which I couldn’t agree more. I quote: Hi Jason Did you hear that Atheists are as distrusted as rapists? That’s the result of a UBC study: 105 UBC students between the ages …

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Dec 30 2011

More pushback against systemic misogyny within our respective communities

I’m sure you’ve seen quite a few of the posts that have sprung up about Freethought Blogs lately in the wake of Rebeccapocalypse 2. Posts like Greta Christina’s “Why ‘Yes But’ Is the Wrong Response to Misogyny” or Maryam Namazie’s “We are not an atheist community”. Excellent conversation abounds, but I do hope you’re looking …

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Dec 29 2011

The good news is that FOX news is not news

The better news — though not so much for FOX news — is that it’s about to become OLD news. It is now officially losing in the ratings to a comedy show, thanks in no small part to an aging audience. Their average viewer is 65+, and every important demographic for long-term viability slipped. “Red …

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Dec 28 2011

Why is Rebecca Watson so damned polarizing?

QuickMeme image: "Don't like being sexually harassed on r/atheism? You should probably make a new account and never come out as being female ever again"

How is it that when Rebecca Watson says something essentially unobjectionable and otherwise a no-brainer, like that when people make misogynist jokes at a fifteen year old girl, and others reward same with upvotes, they might just be creating a chilling atmosphere for women in general, a total fucking shitstorm ensues?

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Dec 28 2011

Climate: definitely not due to solar forcing or cosmic rays

I kinda made a private vow that I wouldn’t keep reposting Peter Sinclair’s excellent Climate Crock of the Week videos quite so regularly, because I don’t want to be accused of simply ripping him off. But the bastard went and included both a Rickroll and several Fantastic Four references. Sigh. I love that the anti-AGW …

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Dec 27 2011

Automoblox: cool idea, with an unfortunate gender-related flaw

Exploded view of an Automoblox toy

Update: see comments for some corrections from the co-founder of Automoblox, which I will also include inline. Reader James Sweet of No Jesus No Peas has discovered a bit of probably accidental sexism in a particularly innovative kids’ toy called Automoblox. The toy concept is rather novel, as a sort of hybrid of LEGO and …

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Dec 27 2011

Are there good arguments for male circumcision?

C0nc0rdance has made a thorough and balanced video outlining the case for and against routine circumcision. What do you folks think?

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Dec 26 2011

Canada about to lose any vestige of internet privacy

Despite how pro-privacy the Harper government has claimed to be, with the destruction of the long gun registry out of privacy concerns, it is absolutely no surprise to me that they’re total hypocrites when it comes to actual privacy concerns, like warrantless information-gathering from ISPs. Suppose you read an online article – not this one, …

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Dec 26 2011

Three year old girl has gender marketing all figured out

Via Unicorn Booty, a three-year-old realizes there’s something very wrong with gender marketing and goes on a rant. I don’t know how much she’s been taught to look out for this stuff, but either way, she’s the next generation and it warms my heart. When three year olds can come to such feminist realizations unbidden, …

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