A New York Times Op-Ed on Illegal Abortion

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Last week the New York Times published an op-ed on the history and reality of illegal abortion. Here's an excerpt:Leeches, Lye and Spanish Fly By KATE MANNINGWHY would a woman put a leech inside her body, in the most private of female places? Why would she put cayenne pepper there?Why might a woman swallow lye? Gunpowder? Why would a woman hit herself about the abdomen with a meat pulverizer? A brickbat? Throw herself down the stairs?Why would she syringe herself, int … [Read more...]

Right-Wing Radio Hosts Discuss Man-Hating Feminists

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Jessica, a writer for Friendly Atheist, has a fascinating post up today in which she analyses  and responds to a conversation about feminism that took place between two right-wing radio hosts. This piece is instructive as well as maddening, because the radio hosts, Swanson and Buehner, employ essentially every anti-feminist stereotype and straw man out there. Here is the clip:If you don't have a moment to listen, don't worry, because Jessica took the time to transcribe the entire thing. … [Read more...]

Guest Post: Is Contraception “Emasculating”? Sean Responds

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A guest post by SeanHi everyone! This is Sean.Libby sent me a piece called "The Emasculating Effects of Modern Contraception." This is about husbands and fathers. Libby is neither, but she happens to know one pretty well – me!She was wondering what I thought - so here goes. First I'll start with an excerpt from the piece.The most recent discussion about “neutered men” brings to mind a casual conversation I took part in a few years back at a sporting event. A group of mothers was c … [Read more...]

Assorted Thoughts on Civility

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I have a bunch of stuff in my mind right now and I sort of want to just dump it all out here in a semi-organized fashion. After this I'm planning to take a hiatus from writing about civil discussion and tactics because, to be honest, I find it fairly boring compared to what I usually write about. Before I get started, I want to make it clear that I am off of whatever high horse I sometimes get on (sorry!). This is just me trying to sort through this in my mind, and I'm most interested in your … [Read more...]

Women’s Bodies Are Not Male Commodities

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Yesterday I came upon two interesting blog posts that discuss the way men's absolute fixation on women's bodies undermines their ability to see women as anything other than objects for their consumption, gets in the way of women being valued for their talents, interests, or achievements, and results in the policing of women's bodies and activities. One of these bloggers used The Modesty Survey to write about evangelical Christianity's modesty doctrine while the other used a the reception of a … [Read more...]

“Hi, my name is … nutrition?”

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Hemant Mehta has an article today about atheists who are anti-abortion. Hemant's piece includes this quotation from a member of the group Secular Pro-Life: “When the sperm meets the egg, a genetically complete human being is formed, and all that is required for maturation is time and nutrition.” Yeah...Nutrition. So that's what they're calling women now.Sure, you could say the statement is technically correct, though overwhelmingly simplistic. The problem, though, is that the framing of the s … [Read more...]

Forty Years after Roe, Young Activists Speak Out

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Today is the fortieth anniversary of Roe v. Wade, and it is also Blog for Choice Day 2013. Head on over to read dozens of posts by pro-choice bloggers. I was going to write something original for the occasion  and I did try, but I just couldn't. I spent the first two decades of my life dreaming of overturning Roe only to change my position at the very moment Roe came under serious threat. Growing up, late January was that time of year when the dreary weather combined with solemn remembrances of m … [Read more...]


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