“In both cases, we are talking about sexist oppression”

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Last week scientist Matt Taylor wore a shirt covered with scantily clad women for a live interview. When women called this out, one individual responded by creating a shirt covered with burka clad women, which he dubbed it feminist approved.Reader timberwraith responded to the burka shirt as follows:I'll share an observation of the burka vs. skin dichotomy made by many feminists long before this particular this gent's clothing issues reared its mediocre head. It doesn't matter whether yo … [Read more...]

Help the Coalition for Responsible Home Education Win a Grant!

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The Coalition for Responsible Home Education (CRHE), a nonprofit organization founded last year by homeschool alumni, has a chance to win a $1000 grant and needs your help! All you need to do is click on this poll and vote for them! It's super easy, and will only take a second. I've previously run guest posts by two of CRHE's board members, Kathryn Brightbill and Ryan Stollar. Some of you have asked what you can do to help homeschooled children. Well, now you have an opportunity!CRHE is cur … [Read more...]

On the Duggars and the Locus of Outrage

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I recently received the following email:Hi Libby Anne, I’m a long-time reader of your blog, so I know you occasionally write about the Duggar family. Well, recently I heard about a fairly popular petition to get the show “19 Kids and Counting” cancelled. Maybe you have also heard this, but if not, here is one news story about it: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/thousands-petition-against-19-kids-and-counting-for-lgbtq-fear-mongering/ Supposedly, this was due to comments they made against gay m … [Read more...]

On #Shirtstorm and Completely Missing the Point

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So I said I wasn't going to write about this, but I am. While googling to find a link to use in a previous post, I found article after article defending Matt Taylor's shirt and completely missing the point. So here I am, blogging about it.First, a quick word of introduction for those not in the know. On Wednesday November 12th, the European Space Agency landed a spacecraft on a comet. This is a tremendous accomplishment, and involved a great deal of time and effort. In the hours before the … [Read more...]

Mattel’s Computer Engineer Barbie Leaves the Computer Engineering to the Boys

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I didn't write about last week's women in tech fail---scientist Matt Taylor's decision to wear a sexist shirt while live-streaming the Rosetta comet landing---but I absolutely have to write about this week's---computer engineer Barbie. I don't think I've ever seen something with so much potential fail so spectacularly.Some time back my five-year-old daughter Sally found a book at the library that starred Barbie trying out various careers: ballerina, horse rider, teacher, veterinarian, and "ba … [Read more...]

Sex and Respect

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A recent post got me thinking about what led me to give up the idea that a man choosing to wait until marriage to have sex with his significant other was a sign of respect for her. There was a time, of course, when I held this view very strongly. I had been raised to view that any young man who would even consider having sex with a young woman before marriage did not respect her, and that any relationship built on that foundation would be troubled.While in college I met a young man---Sean. I … [Read more...]

Gender-Based Discrimination in Muslim Homeschooling

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Provided it is not used to isolate children socially or deprive them of an education---or to hide child abuse---I don't have a problem with homeschooling. I am a homeschool graduate myself, and I would consider homeschooling my own children if the need arose. I do, however, have a problem with homeschooling being used as a tool of gender discrimination. I've written about the gender discrimination that can take place conservative evangelical and fundamentalist homeschooling, but it turns out th … [Read more...]


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