Category Archive: Equality

Jul 14 2014

What’s wrong with class warfare?

I’m for it. I’m not sure why John Oliver is tap dancing around it.

Jul 14 2014

Ladybrains evolved in the Pleistocene

Dr Gijsbert Stoet thinks we should stop trying to correct gender disparities. Speaking at the British Education Studies Association conference in Glasgow on Friday, he argued: "We need to have a national debate on why we find it so important to have equal numbers. Do we really care that only five per cent of the …

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Jul 11 2014

Todd Akin is sorry that he was sorry

Please, Republicans, welcome this man back into the fold, and make him a mouthpiece for the party. We are happy to see you drive women out of your camp. Todd Akin thinks there’s still a legitimate concern about legitimate rape. "When a woman claims to have been raped, the police determine if the evidence supports …

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Jul 10 2014

That’s an awful breakfast

But it’s a powerful short story, Trigger Warning: Breakfast. We hear all the time from MRAs about how women make false rape accusations to cover their regrets about having sex, but this rings far more true: that they sometimes make new narratives to cover over their regrets about being raped.

Jul 09 2014

Now it’s Colorado

You know the drill by now: a judge has ruled that Colorado’s same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional. It is now pending appeal.

Jul 09 2014

Christians setting a bad example

Every year, Minnesota Atheists participate in the gay pride event in Minneapolis — they don’t go in to make “conversions”, but to show support for our fellow citizens. There is no flaunting of trophies afterwards, no singling out of gay folk who Suddenly! Turned! Atheist! because of our godless proselytizing, because that’s not what it’s …

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Jul 09 2014

They know

Ally Fogg makes a really good point about those blithe excuses people make for having sex with the very young, that they’re frolicking hedonistically and simply can’t tell that someone is underage. Yes, you can tell. Not screwing children really isn’t that difficult, if you are any kind of decent human being. Even when they …

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Jul 09 2014

Bread and circuses…well, circuses anyway, not so much bread


Michael Shermer indulges in some shabby Libertarian statistical games to wave away American economic inequality. Sure, there are inequities, he argues, but they’re not so bad — the poor are also getting slightly richer. The rich are getting richer, as Brookings Institution economist Gary Burtless found by analyzing tax data from the Congressional Budget Office …

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Jul 08 2014

There’s the leak in the pipeline


We’re always talking about this curious phenomenon, that we see lots of women at the undergraduate and graduate level in biology, but large numbers of them leave science rather than rising through the ranks. Why is that? It seems that one answer is that elite male faculty in the life sciences employ fewer women, that …

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Jul 07 2014

Nicely done, Megan Rose Gedris


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