Why I’m a Feminist First

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...]


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Guest Post: Women Are Your Reward for Being Awesome!

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...]


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Freedom of Speech =/= Speech Free from Consequences

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...]


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Wearing Your Virginity on Your Sleeve

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...]


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

"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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Worthwhile Reads: The Republican Party and Women

I know you're all tired of hearing about Todd Akin, and it's a bit of an old story by now. I think though that what sometimes got lost was that Akin's views were not, well, atypical for pro-lifers. While the Republican party sought to distance itself from Akin, this was in many ways simply an attempt to sacrifice a scapegoat rather than deal with its own problems - it's like when a herd of gazelles leaves one of its own behind to the hyenas, thus allowing the rest of the herd to escape. The … [Read more...]


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Worthwhile Reads: Abortion and Pro-Life Groups

The articles collected here deal with abortion and pro-life groups. The first argues that rape exemptions are harmful because they serve to divide abortions into those that are "legitimate" and "not legitimate," or at least "acceptable" and "less acceptable." The second asks why pro-life groups aren't working to improve workplace rights for pregnant workers. The third discusses efforts to use the undercover techniques made famous by James O'Keefe and Lila Rose to investigate pro-life pregnancy … [Read more...]


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