Beware the Wayward Woman

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When I read Sarah Moon's post on Potiphar's wife, all I could think of was the wayward woman. This has been on my mind for a while, actually. My mother read several chapters of the Bible aloud to us children after breakfast every day, and for quite some time she read a chapter of Proverbs every day, because there are 31 chapters, which made it perfect to read over again every month. Proverbs 2: 16-19---Wisdom will save you also from the adulterous woman, from the wayward woman with her … [Read more...]

Male Atheists and White Knight Sexism

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One strategy frequently used by male atheists attempting to deconvert religious women is to point to the ways religion oppresses women. This is fine, if it is accompanied with an understanding that not all religion oppresses women, an awareness that atheism does not eliminate sexism, and a wider commitment to challenging the oppression of women in every forum where it surfaces. But all too often, it's not accompanied by these things. In fact, there are all too many times when pointing out the … [Read more...]

Why I’m a Feminist First

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Remember when I asked which you would find more rage inducing---a patriarchal atheist or a patriarchal Christian? Well, I have a bit of an update. In that very short post---more a conversation starter than a post, really---I offered this quote from a male atheist named Jesse Powell: When I look at the relentlessly deteriorating family situation so obvious in the world around us today my conclusion regarding the source of this disaster is that American family life is being destroyed because of … [Read more...]

Guest Post: Women Are Your Reward for Being Awesome!

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A Guest Post by Perfect NumberPerfect Number wrote this post after watching the Super Bowl, but the themes are fairly universal. I am reposting it here because I think the "women as a reward" motif is both incredibly ubiquitous in our culture and horribly insidious.I just watched the Superbowl and I gotta write this. The ads. Misogyny and objectification, as always. And it's freaking disgusting.I'm not going to write about GoDaddy, because we all knew theirs was going to be … [Read more...]

Freedom of Speech =/= Speech Free from Consequences

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Seriously, I'm really getting tired of people griping about how their FREEDOM OF SPEECH is being violated because people don't like what they're saying and say as much. Look, you are perfectly free to call a gay person a pervert. Really! But that does not mean I can't call you out for that, or that I have to be buddy buddy with you, or that I have to endorse your hate. Heck no. And you know what? You are perfectly free to call a woman you don't like a c***. Really! But if you do that, be ready … [Read more...]

Wearing Your Virginity on Your Sleeve

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A long time lurker on my blog just sent me a link to a Fox News opinion piece called Waiting Til the Wedding Night: Getting Married the Right Way. Here's how it starts: "As anyone who’s read my abstinence column here at Fox News Opinion could guess, my wedding is something that I’ve looked forward to for quite some time. After having tied the knot at the end of August, I can now say beyond all shadow of a doubt, that it was everything I’d hoped and prayed that it would be since childhood. ... … [Read more...]

“It’s just common sense” versus “Victim blaming”

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"All the ad does is point out that drinking leaves you more vulnerable to being raped, and that you can protect yourself by not drinking as much," he told me adamantly."But can't you see that that's victim blaming? The message it sends is 'if you get drunk and get raped, well, it's kind of your fault," I replied with both passion and exasperation."No it doesn't! You have to read that into it! All it says is that not drinking or drinking less can reduce your chance of being raped. And … [Read more...]


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