Disillusionment

Cloudbreak

I've been writing about sexism and feminism in the secular community for several years now, and if you'd asked me this question even a few days ago, I would've said that I thought things were getting better. There's certainly evidence I could point to to support that: in just a short time, anti-harassment policies have become standard at our conferences and gatherings, we've had a parade of male leaders speaking out against sexism, we have whole conventions and organizations specifically … [Read more...]

Ron Lindsay Apologizes: A Small Step in the Right Direction

When I wrote about the CFI board's disappointing non-statement addressing the blowup at Women in Secularism 2, I thought that would be the last thing I'd have to say about this. That statement gave no hint that any further action was being contemplated, so I assumed the board's plan was to hunker down and wait for this all to go away.To my surprise, there's been a new development: Ron Lindsay has apologized for his remarks that touched off the controversy. His statement is short enough for … [Read more...]

CFI Accidentally a Controversy

AtheismPlus

So, I was at a restaurant yesterday for Father's Day dinner and had a terrible experience. Everyone else at my table was served what they ordered, but the kitchen got my order very badly wrong. I'd ordered a soup and salad, but they brought me a plate of wilted, slimy brown lettuce and a bowl of what appeared to be dirty gray dishwater. I complained heatedly to the waiter, who fetched the manager in short order."Excuse me," I said to him, "but this food you've served me is inedible. Can you … [Read more...]

Atlas Shrugged: Washington Ability

USCapitol

Atlas Shrugged, p.55I said earlier that I give Rand credit for treating women as the intellectual equals of men, but there's one whopping big exception to that. Strangely enough, it's not really touched on in Atlas - you'd think that a book as long as this would give the author plenty of opportunity to expound on all aspects of her philosophy - but a passage from this section is a good jumping-off point.[James Taggart] was thirty-four when he became President of the railroad... They … [Read more...]

Women in Secularism Attendees’ Letter to the CFI Board

The following letter was originally written by Miri Mogilevsky of Freethought Blogs. As I'm a signatory, I'm reprinting it below. This was sent to the CFI Board of Directors as they prepare to meet this week to discuss the controversy surrounding Dr. Ron Lindsay's opening remarks at the Women in Secularism conference. If you have something to say about this, the CFI Board of Directors can be reached via the Corporate Secretary, Tom Flynn, at tflynn@centerforinquiry.net. If you'd like to, feel … [Read more...]

Women in Secularism Speakers’ Letter to CFI Board

In the aftermath of the unfortunate introduction at Women in Secularism 2, a group of speakers have written and signed a joint letter to the Center for Inquiry's board of directors, detailing their objections to Ron Lindsay's offensive remarks and what they're asking the board to do.I highly recommend reading the full text of the letter, which was posted by Stephanie Zvan and also by Greta Christina, two of the speakers that signed it. I expect it will appear on other speakers' blogs as … [Read more...]

Free Speech vs. Freeze Peach

FreezePeach

Last month, a broad spectrum of feminist activists and organizations published an open letter to Facebook, demanding that the social-networking colossus crack down on pages that glorify or promote violence against women. Although Facebook's moderators had long disallowed anti-Semitism, gay-bashing and other kinds of hateful content, they often excused misogynist pages, even graphically violent ones, as mere "distasteful humor".If anything ever seemed like a David-versus-Goliath battle, it … [Read more...]

Winning a Two-Front War Against Anti-Feminists

LibertyLeadingThePeople

This past weekend, while I was attending Women in Secularism 2, I was also reading Kathryn Joyce's Quiverfull. Joyce's book is an outstanding piece of reporting on the network of fundamentalist Christian churches and preachers who teach that the only role of women in life is to get married, to be completely obedient to their husbands and to bear as many children as possible. Depending on how extreme they are, Quiverfull preachers and other members of the Christian patriarchy movement teach that … [Read more...]

Weekend Coffee: May 26

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• Presenting the inaugural Patheos Atheists Blog Carnival! Dan Fincke has put together a list of some of the best recent writing from all of us. Go check it out!• From the Department of You Can't Make This Up: earlier this week, the pope made a surprisingly ecumenical comment about how even atheists can be good people. A Vatican spokesman then issued a follow-up in which he clarified that, just in case there was any doubt, we're still going to hell.• After the … [Read more...]

Women in Secularism 2 Wrap-Up

This past weekend, I was in Washington, D.C. for the second Women in Secularism conference, sponsored by the Center for Inquiry. As promised, here's my report.I was expecting the conference to be overwhelmingly attended by women, but I was pleasantly surprised that there was only a slight majority of women over men, maybe 55-45 or 60-40. That could just be a consequence of the fact that men generally outnumber women in the secular movement, but I don't think so, since I'm told the first WiS … [Read more...]


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