To Stop Harassment, Missouri Republicans Suggest “Intern Dress Code”

Earlier this year, Missouri House Speaker John Diehl (a Republican) resigned after it was revealed that he had sexted with a 19-year-old legislative intern. Months later, State Senator Paul LeVota (a Democrat) resigned after two interns accused him of sexual harassment (he denied the charges).

There’s clearly a problem in Missouri politics. So how do you fix it?

According to two Republicans: Tell the interns to wear more appropriate clothing.



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To Show She’s Still Pure, a Rape Survivor in India Will Have to Balance a Large Rock on Her Head

A rape victim in India — who was denied an abortion by the government — will now have to prove her purity if she wants to get back together with her husband. And the test involves balancing an 88-pound stone on her head.

That report, which I’m unable to verify (so take it with a giant grain of salt), comes from India Today.

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Camille Paglia Calls Prominent Atheists “Juvenile” and Christopher Hitchens “Weak” in Salon Interview

Camille Paglia, dissident feminist and social critic, has finally driven a stake into the heart of her relevancy, and I’m not just saying that because I disagree with her.

In her latest interview on Salon, I find plenty of points we agree on… only to see, a few syllables away, a statement that is an utter betrayal of what I expect from a thinking person. She has achieved a perfect blend of a Libertarian version of Ann Coulter, boldly disagreeing for disagreement’s sake, with a twist of Stuart Smalley, had he been an egomaniac: “I’m good enough, I’m smart enough, and doggone-it, I like myself so much I don’t care if other people like me. Oh, and I was an atheist before it was cool.”



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There Was Nothing Wrong with Richard Dawkins’ Tweet That “Islam Needs a Feminist Revolution”

I’ve disagreed with Richard Dawkins before on his insensitivity to women, feminism, and majority privilege. Some of it he’s apologized for, so I’d like to think we’re starting to be heard. I know all too well from environmental campaigns the importance of acknowledging our successes.

And thus, I part with my fellow Friendly Atheist contributor Lauren Nelson in her recent post, which struck out scathingly at Dawkins for the following single tweet:

There is nothing wrong with those words.  The question deserves answers, not attacks.

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Richard Dawkins Fails Spectacularly on Feminism and Islam

It’s not unusual for renowned atheist Richard Dawkins to rub people of faith the wrong way. It’s not unheard of for him to get on the bad side of feminists. But it’s not every day that he pisses off the intersection of the two groups. But this week, with a series of tweets, that’s exactly what Dawkins did.



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