Active Sexual Consent (and Dissent)

Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law. Since Jonathan Korman wrote about consent, I've been giving it some deep thought. Including the comment by Niki Whiting on how women need to be educated about consent. And I've been thinking of it in context of the freak out in the atheist community over harassment, and in other freak outs that have happened in the Pagan community. I think one of the problems with consent and communication is that we tend to treat sexual attraction as some sort … [Read more...]

What We Mean By Rape Culture

I debated over this post. My colleagues genuinely believe it's wrong to give things like this attention, and maybe they are right. I prefer to expose these things to the light of day. Maybe I'm wrong. I should go ahead an warn that some folks may find triggers in this post, and it does contain NSFW content.I think the PNC did a fine job of covering PSG and Melissa Murry's story. You can read the coverage here and here and here and here and here. I recommend you read through all of it. Having … [Read more...]

What Really Happened to Dolores Umbridge (and Why It Matters)

The Friendly Atheist has already pointed out religious people are geeks. This must mean Pagans are uber-geeks, because we can seamlessly slide from theology into Monty Python and back again. Which is why when my friend Anita posted a simple question about Harry Potter we delved deeply into religion, gender issues and all things Harry Potter. Like we do.Here's her question, paraphrased: in the Order of the Phoenix Dolores Umbridge is carried off into the woods by centaurs after she insults … [Read more...]