What does it mean to be “anti-woman”?

Gender Roles

In the comments on yesterday's post, several people insisted that requiring women to always risk motherhood when having sex wasn't "anti-woman." And then I realized something. We're defining anti-woman differently. We - progressives and conservatives - mean different things when we say or hear the term "anti-woman."Social conservatives generally do not believe in gender equality, and by that I mean that they believe that men and women have different "roles" to play in life. Men are supposed … [Read more...]

“Humanism” and “Atheism+”: What’s the Difference?

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Over the past year, it has become increasingly clear that there are portions of the atheist community that are sexist, misogynist  homophobic, and transphobic. Those atheists who care about feminism and LGBTQ rights have become increasingly upset as this has played out. Many have been wondering where we go from here. Blogger Natalie Reed and I both wrote posts on this issue last week: here and here. Now blogger Jen of Blag Hag has weighed in calling for a third wave of atheism. "It’s time for a … [Read more...]

Why I’m Glad I’m Not a Christian Feminist

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As I follow the blogs of women like Rachel Held Evans, Sarah Moon,  Dianna Anderson, and Danielle Vermeer, I can't help but admire their desire to fight for gender equality within the church. I didn't stay to fight that fight. I left. But because I see religion as something that will always be with us, or at least for the foreseeable future, I applaud efforts to make religion less patriarchal and more egalitarian.And really, what I find especially impressive is their ability to take a deep br … [Read more...]

“Women and Children First”: An age-old anti-feminist myth

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I've written a lot about Vision Forum, and about their fetishization of the Titanic, and this week I came upon something of a bombshell. You see, that whole "women and children first" thing is a myth - a fabrication - originally created in order to combat the fight for women's suffrage. When Vision Forum touts the "chivalry" of the men on the Titanic, it not only perpetuates a lie but also uses this lie to do the same thing the lie was created in 1912 to do - fight against women's rights. Let's … [Read more...]

The Problem with Big Tent Atheism

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I rarely comment here on the goings on in the atheist community. I'm torn, really. On the one hand, a big part of me wants to go to the conferences everyone talks about, and I do occasionally participate in events with local atheist groups. On the other hand, when I watch things like elevatorgate, or the brouhaha over whether sexual harassment policies are even necessary at conferences, well, it's a bit of a turn off. The thing is, atheism doesn't have a catechism or a statement of faith or a lis … [Read more...]

Worthwhile Reads: Feminism, “Love,” and Kidnapping

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It Really Wasn't That Long Ago, on Permission to Live: I’ve heard from conservatives that feminism is a silly endeavour today, women have all the rights they could ever want today, that all this anti-women stuff was a long long time ago. (But was it really? Go ask your grandmother!) The thing is, I grew up believing the same stuff. That women had to please men, that athletics would risk a woman’s reproductive health which was pretty much the most important thing about her. In other parts of the … [Read more...]

So you say you don’t hate gay people, Part II

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Yesterday we talked about how no matter how often Christians who opposes gay rights claim they don't hate gay people, their actions still hurt gay people. On some level, then, it doesn't matter whether these Christians actually hate gay people or not. But let's go ahead and explore that question, shall we? Can a person oppose another person's rights without hating that person? In other words, can a person oppose another person's rights for some reason other than hate?After all, Christians … [Read more...]


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