John Crawford III Denied Justice

I have to admit to feeling a bit sick. I just saw two things in very close proximity. The first was a headline announcing that Beavercreek, Ohio, police were cleared of wrongdoing in the shooting death of John Crawford III. The second was the surveillance video of that shooting, which occurred in a Walmart.Crawford had picked up an unloaded BB gun off a shelf and was swinging it gently, point down, while standing in an aisle talking on the phone. The autopsy report found that Crawford was … [Read more...]

Estrogen Vibe: The Musical Satire

A reader just sent me a musical satire called "Estrogen Vibe." You can listen here:After the lyrics, I'll offer some context. If you take issue with this satire, read that context, my previous posts on Harris, the author's note that goes along with this satire, and my comment policy before commenting. Lyrics: (The atheist variable doesn’t obviously contain the estrogen vibe.)Estrogen vibe, estrogen vibe. (Estrogen vibe.) Estrogen vibe, estrogen vibe. (It’s more attractive to guys. … [Read more...]

Obedience, Empathy, and the Laundry Hamper

I was chatting with a friend about the results of a recent pew survey when she asked a question I found very, very interesting. I mean, if you teach a kid empathy, tolerance, and responsibility---do they need to be obedient? Or will they just do the things that are in the best interests of everyone? Like, "Hey, could you do the dishes?" "Sure." Because they realize they should help out with the house.  This is an excellent point.Let me offer an example: I would like my daughter Sally to pu … [Read more...]

“What’s Your Favorite Princess?”

My husband Sean had to work this past weekend, and at one point I stopped by his office with the kids. Five-year-old Sally was immediately attracted to the chalkboard, and began attempting to copy the numbers and figures already on the board (Sean is in a STEM field). After a few minutes, one of Sean's colleagues stopped by. Sean introduced us, and his colleague turned to Sally. "How old are you?" he asked genially. "Five," she responded. "What's your favorite princess?" he asked. Seriously? … [Read more...]

Has Gay Marriage Harmed this Writer and Her Children?

I recently came upon an article titled "Breaking the Silence: Redefining Marriage Hurts Women Like Me---and Our Children." I was intrigued, because I often hear or read that allowing gay and lesbian individuals to marry harms opposite-sex marriage, but I rarely find any case made for what that harm actually looks like, or how it is caused. The article, by a woman named Janna Darnelle, begins like this:Every time a new state redefines marriage, the news is full of happy stories of gay and … [Read more...]

On Sam Harris, Pregnancy, and Sacrifices

Sam Harris

Last week an article in the Washington Post quoted prominent atheist author and speaker Sam Harris's explanation for why his audience is primarily male---women, he said, have an "estrogen vibe" that makes them less interested in the "critical posture" he takes in his writing. When female atheists responded critically to his comments, Harris wrote a post explaining what he'd meant---and digging his hole deeper. I addressed Harris's comment in a recent post, "Is Same Harris Sexist?"Yesterday … [Read more...]

Do They Care about Women, or Simply Bashing Religion?

Last week blogger Adam Lee of Daylight Atheism wrote for the Guardian about Richard Dawkins' sexist comments. The article was titled “Richard Dawkins has lost it: Ignorant sexism gives atheists a bad name.” Blogger Jerry Coyne of Why Evolution Is True was not pleased, and wrote a post titled "Adam Lee Has Lost It." My regulars will know that I don't usually dig into the issue of sexism in the atheist movement---largely because I don't really engage in the atheist movement---but given that I dippe … [Read more...]


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