UN Calls for End to Female Genital Mutilation

The Center for Inquiry's blog reports that the United Nations has, for the first time, adopted a resolution calling on all nations to end the disgusting practice of female genital mutilation. The committee report on the advancement of women can be read in its entirety here. Among other things, it says: … [Read more...]

Farah: Democrats and the Real War on Women

Joseph Farah is rootin' tootin' mad about the Republicans being called out for their war on women, so he's decided to use the classic "I know you are but what am I" argument and say no, it's the Democrats that have declared war on women. And his argument is really quite amusing. But let's start here: … [Read more...]

Swaziland Cures Rape by Banning Mini-Skirts

The nation of Swaziland will be protecting women against rape by arresting them for wearing mini-skirts or baring their midriffs, because that's far more effective than, you know, arresting the fucking rapist, who was obviously just too overcome by lust to help themselves. … [Read more...]

It Appears I’ve Started An ‘Atheist Cult’

Though FTB has been the center of much of the controversy over feminism and atheism that has taken place over the last year and a half, I have generally chosen to be Switzerland. I find the stridently anti-FTB crowd to generally range from the ridiculous to the odious, but for the most part I've stayed out of the fights. This video from former FTBer Al Stefanelli, unfortunately, prompts me to do more than dip my toes in the water. It's time to take the plunge. … [Read more...]

Israel Arrests Four Women for Praying at the Wailing Wall

Police in Israel arrested four women for daring to pray at the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem in an unapproved manner, something that only men are allowed to do. Haaretz has an article about the arrests and the fallout from them: … [Read more...]

Freepers Spew Hate at Sotomayor

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor has a new book out that tells very personal stories of her rise from an extremely poor family to becoming a top student at Princeton and Yale and then to the highest court in the land. The Daily Mail recounts some of those stories: … [Read more...]

When Rapists Want Custody

If the prospect of a woman being forced to deliver a baby that was conceived through rape isn't horrifying enough, here's another aspect that may be even more appalling -- what happens when the rapist demands custody and visitation for that child after it is born? Yes, that actually happens. … [Read more...]

Dumbass Quote of the Day

Jennifer Roback Morse is the president of the Ruth Foundation, an anti-gay think tank attached to the National Organization for Marriage. And she's offended -- terribly offended -- at the Obama administration's healthcare mandate. Wait till you hear her reason why: … [Read more...]

No, There Is No ‘Balanced Look’ at Female Genital Mutilation

I was emailed a link to this appalling article on female genital mutilation by a sociologist named Lisa Wade, which is mostly just a bunch of cultural relativism bullshit. I thought about writing a response to it, but Zinnia Jones has already written one that says most of what I would have said. So I'll just link to her. … [Read more...]

Douthat’s WTF Statement on Having Children

The birthrate in the United States has apparently hit a new low, which is causing much wailing and gnashing of teeth. Russ Douthat, for example, is asking for "more babies, please" in a NYT column, arguing that America's relatively high birth rate has been responsible for much of our competitive edge. And he wants the government to encourage more children: … [Read more...]

British Christian Group Bans Women From Speaking

A Christian group at Bristol University in England has adopted a new policy forbidding women to speak to the group unless their husbands are speaking with them. This is apparently a reversal of an earlier policy, which was likewise the reversal of yet another policy: … [Read more...]

13 Year Old Girl is My New Hero

This is an awesome video put out by a 13 year old girl who has started a petition to get Hasbro to use boys in commercials for their Easy Bake Oven as well as girls because her little brother loves to cook but thinks that it's a toy only for girls because of the ads. As a guy who loves to cook, I could not agree more. It's time for these absurd stereotypes to end. … [Read more...]