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Category Archive: Equality

Jun 28 2014

Los Angeles Women’s Atheist and Agnostic Group Inaugural Meeting | Center for Inquiry

This just isn’t fair. The east coast has Women in Secularism in the spring, and now the west coast has LAWAAG every month. Join us for the inaugural meeting of The Los Angeles Women’s Atheist and Agnostic Group! LAWAAG was formed by multi-media artist Amy Davis Roth with the goal of fostering a safe and supportive …

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Jun 27 2014

Simon Pegg gets it

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Weird, isn’t it, how shocking it is to see a Big Name saying something that isn’t stupid? It’s such an easy concept to grasp, that large crimes don’t nullify smaller ones, but it’s surprisingly rare, and surprisingly gratifying, to see the wealthy and privileged actually express it.

Jun 26 2014

Now that’s a good message

Jun 25 2014

Now it’s Indiana

Another state down: Federal Judge Strikes Down Indiana Ban on Gay Marriage. Hoosier gays are marryin’ right now!

Jun 24 2014

Get used to it

My daughter is off to ACL 2014 (if you see her, say hello), and has discovered that some people are complaining that the main web site for the meeting features an anti-harassment policy. Why this disturbs some people is a mystery to me: if you aren’t harassing anyone, it won’t come into play; if you’re …

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Jun 23 2014

No, not evolutionary biology, too!

We’ve heard so much about bad behavior at conferences, and how sexist attitudes can suppress the contributions of women. And it doesn’t seem to matter what the conference is about: tech, gaming, atheism, skepticism, philosophy, you name it. Now Prof-Like Substance describes the scene at evolutionary biology conferences, explaining how many women are hesitant to …

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Jun 22 2014

How to be an ally

Miri offers some really good advice on how to sincerely offer support to victims of harassment — it doesn’t involve joking, JAQing off, or trying to minimize the problem. It actually seems to involve listening and respecting, who knew? (Don’t read the comments, though. They’ve been taken over by a slymepitter JAQing off — he …

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Jun 21 2014

Creationists, climate change denialists, and racists and the credentialism strategy

Credentialism always makes for convenient excuses. We love to construct simple shortcuts in our cognitive models: someone has a Ph.D., they must be smart (I can tell you that one is wrong). Someone is a scientist, they must have all the right facts. And of course, the converse: we can use the absence of a …

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Jun 19 2014

Greg Laden must be another of those creationists

By the criteria of those HBD kooks, anyway. He’s published a take-down of Nicholas Wade’s book in American Scientist, pointing out the familiar scientific consensus that inflames them so. As soon as it appeared, Wade’s book touched off a firestorm of controversy—as he surely knew it would. It’s the latest in a series of dispatches …

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Jun 17 2014

New FeministFrequency video

This one is about women as decorations in video games — brace yourself for pixelated raciness. Some people are complaining that this episode is problematic…and they aren’t the usual adolescent-minded gamers who are offended that a woman dares to criticize their games. In this case, a number of sex workers are annoyed with the one-dimensionality …

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