Category Archive: Equality

Jul 01 2014

Kentucky’s turn

Federal Judge John Heyburn has struck down the state’s prohibition of same-sex marriage. And he makes a marvelously clear and reasonable dismissal of the homophobes’ arguments. The Court will begin with Defendant’s only asserted justification for Kentucky’s laws prohibiting same-sex marriage: “encouraging, promoting, and supporting the formation of relationships that have the natural ability to …

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Jun 30 2014

Poemsplaining mansplaining

Maybe this will get through. It’s quite nice. He Tells Her He tells her that the Earth is flat, He knows the facts, and that is that. In altercations fierce and long She tries her best to prove him wrong. But he has learned to argue well, He calls her arguments unsound And often asks …

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Jun 29 2014

Thunderf00t makes a good point

And I’d link to it if he didn’t throw it away at the end, and if it weren’t made to invent a false conflict with Anita Sarkeesian’s major points. His latest video attempts to mock Sarkeesian by using clips from movies and video games to show that there is a huge amount of objectification of …

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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


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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