Worthwhile Reads: The Republican Party and Women

War on 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...]

Worthwhile Reads: Abortion and Pro-Life Groups

Pro Life

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...]

Worthwhile Reads: Rape Roundup

Rape 2

In the midst of the whole Todd Akin induced furor over rape, several posts came to my attention that I wanted to highlight. The first reveals from personal experience that Akin's ideas about rape are not as uncommon as some would have us think. The second uses this as an opportunity to talk about how fundamentalists generally deal with rape. And the third discusses the conflation of rape and, well, sex, much like I did in my post on rape and premarital sex.A Rape Survivor's Story, on … [Read more...]

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?

Humanism2

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

Christian feminist

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

Titanic

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...]


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