Catholic High School Requires Pictures of Prom Dresses for Pre-Approval

The morality police at Delone Catholic High School are apparently concerned about how much skin might be bared at the school’s prom in May. And so, to mitigate the danger of short or revealing dresses, students at the Pennsylvania school are being required to send pictures of their dresses to a prom moderator for pre-approval. [Read More…]

Afghani Feminist in Metal Body Suit Is Driven Off the Streets of Kabul and Forced Into Hiding

This piece of declarative performance art would be brave enough on the streets of any European capital. In Kabul, it’s downright dangerous, as Kubra Khademi found out.

An Afghan artist has been forced into hiding after receiving death threats for dressing in a metal suit featuring exaggerated breasts and buttocks,

… a custom-made outfit intended to drive home her assertion that “this is all that men see of women.”

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Does Religion Make People Good? Of Course Not, Says Author of New Book

Barbara G. Walker, an author and past recipient of the American Humanist Association’s “Humanist Heroine Award,” has written quite a bit about the intersection of feminism and religion. And her latest collection of essays, Belief & Unbelief (Humanist Press, 2015), holds little back, dismantling many of the defenses we frequently hear about religion.

In the excerpt below (published without footnotes for ease of reading), Walker explains how religious belief doesn’t actually make you good:

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No Women Allowed at This Church Event… Unless They’re Serving the Men

New Harmony Church in Salem, Missouri has a big “Sportsmen’s Banquet” this Saturday night. (Because Jesus loved “wild game meat.”)

But their promotional poster could use a little tweaking…

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Saudi TV Host Laughs In Guest’s Face When He Proposes a Bizarre Solution For the Driving Ban

I’m delighted that the wonderfully tenacious interviewer in this news clip from Saudi TV eventually loses her composure and quietly busts a gut.

Her guest is historian Saleh Al-Saadoon, who thinks that women driving cars will lead to their being sexually assaulted. In America and Europe, women don’t care about being raped, he says, but Saudi women do, and the ladies ought to be grateful that their husbands and sons and brothers drive them everywhere and treat them “like queens.”

As the host’s incredulity mounts, we see a few seconds of another (unidentified) guest, also a woman, who appears to be stifling her laughter. At 1:15, she even does see a blink-and-you-missed-it little eye roll, followed by a shake of the head.

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