How Atheist Reddit Doesn't Get It

Recently, a 15 year old atheist girl received a Carl Sagan’s The Demon-Haunted World from her religious mother. She thought this was neat and something that Reddit’s atheist community would appreciate, so she posted a picture of herself with the book. Before too long the conversation turned to the fact that she was pretty, which [Read More...]

Tegan and Sara Pose With Black Eyes—Is It Wise?

I love Tegan and Sara immensely. I have tens of thousands of songs on my i-pod, and yet will play their songs on repeat for whole days. Sometimes I will play a single one of their songs on repeat for a half hour straight. I go so far as to consider The Con my single [Read More...]

Wiccan Theology and Sexual Equality

This is a guest post by Eric Steinhart, Professor of Philosophy at William Paterson University. An intriguing feature of Wicca is that sexual equality is built directly into its theology.  The Farrars stress the balance of male and female polarities in the divine (1981: ch. XV).  Buckland urges gender equality: “both the God and the [Read More...]

Paternalistic Patriarchal Surgeons And A Philosopher's Choice To Have No Children

A philosopher was faced with the choice between a vitally necessary surgery and giving up the chance to have children. This was an easy choice for her to make, but a hard one for the surgeons to accept:  I assured the surgeons, my partner and I weren’t planning on having kids. Naively, I thought this [Read More...]

Feminist Philosophy of Religion

The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy entry on Feminist Philosophy of Religion recently received a substantial revision. The entry looks quite long and ambitious. Your Thoughts? If you enjoy reading my philosophical blog posts, consider taking one of my online philosophy classes! I earned my PhD and taught 93 university classes before I went into business for myself. [Read More...]

Token Skeptic Podcast on Sexism and the Internet

Ugh, is vile misogyny ever epidemic on the internet. Token Skeptic interviews three female bloggers about it. The interviews are most interesting and I also fell in love with a couple of the women who did the intros to the podcast based on their awesome accents and acting abilities alone (and in spite of the [Read More...]

Maryam Namazie Attacks Shari'a And Defends Muslim Immigrants Against The Far Right

A great lecture and Q&A my estimable Freethought Blogs colleague Maryam Namazie: . An important excerpt from the Q&A: Look, George Bush says he attacked Iraq for women’s rights and I’m a women’s rights campaigner, but I don’t believe him. It’s possible that a politician will say something, that they’ve done something for a reason and, [Read More...]

Emma Goldman's "The Victims of Morality"

In reply to my dialogue which I posted this morning examining what I perceive to be immoralism’s important contributions to moral thinking and its inevitable limits, a reader sent me to investigate Max Stirner and Emma Goldman. I may have something to say about Stirner in the future if time permits. But for now I [Read More...]

Mississippi Voters Reject "Personhood" Amendment

JACKSON, Miss. — Mississippi voters Tuesday defeated a ballot initiative that would’ve declared life begins at conception, a proposal that supporters sought in the Bible Belt state as a way to prompt a legal challenge to abortion rights nationwide. The so-called “personhood” initiative was rejected by more than 55 percent of voters, falling far short [Read More...]


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