More Good News from SCOTUS for Pro-Choice Advocates

Good News for Pro-Choice Texans and the rest of states affected by Draconian abortion clinic regulations. The Supreme Court has granted a stay to allow Texas's 18 remaining clinics to stay open until it decides whether it will hear testimony on how Texas HB2 puts an undue burden on the ability to obtain a safe, legal abortion. In some of the poorest parts of the state like the border with Mexico, there is no abortion clinic open within half a day's drive.The fight to keep abortion access … [Read more...]

Battle Journal: The Great Shushing of Atheist Feminists on Youtube Continues

One of the few atheist feminists on youtube Steve Shives posted a joke about that today:The name "Steve" comes from the Greek word meaning "5th or 6th most popular non-misogynist YouTube atheist." ‪#‎LittleKnownFact‬ Aron is gratified that Steve considers him an exception to the rule.  I responded:(few edits for clarity)The weird thing is how popular anti-feminism is with a lot of  youtube atheists. I've watched this pattern even with people I respect on other matters. It seemed to or … [Read more...]

By God! Legislators take a stand, so that Jesus won’t return and find gay marriage!

Newly elected Christian Right legislators gathered in the Texas Capitol Building's auditorium today, and vowed to defend marriage from LGBT couples. No mention of a lesbian couple that a judge allowed to marry, because of life threatening circumstances. You bet your bippy, they will put a stop to that though! … [Read more...]

Breaking Love and Reproductive Rights Out of the Christian Frame

I have been pleasantly surprised that the youtube comments on my speech on The Heart of Humanism at The Southern California Secular Humanism Conference are mainly addressing the topic. because I addressed how secularists need to examine where their beliefs about love in particular may be influenced by Christian culture such as ideas about purity. I used a rather pointed example by looking at the Secular Pro-Life Movement. Their … [Read more...]

Ani DiFranco and white feminist gate-keeping to the point of absurdity.

Of course many white feminists get that advocating for gender equality is valueless if you don't include equality for people of color too. Supporting women of color is a no brainer. Then there are a few with blind spots, who ostensibly get this idea, but then in practice fail to question their own internalized racist ideas.This is Ani DiFranco, singer, poet, equal rights activist, and to some feminist icon in words on economic and gender equality...If you’re not angryyou’re just stu … [Read more...]

Gaslighting -shaming women for emotional reactions and for speaking up.

Before I heard of the word "gaslighting", I had difficulty articulating why I shouldn't be shamed for getting angry or upset at someone else's behavior.  And then I read this article about it...I want to introduce a helpful term to identify these reactions: gaslighting.Gaslighting is a term, often used by mental health professionals (I am not one), to describe manipulative behavior used to confuse people into thinking their reactions are so far off base that they’re crazy.The term co … [Read more...]

Update on Malala

The Girl Shot by the Taliban, Becomes a Global IconNot what the Taliban had in mind.The unfolding story of Malala Yousafzai comes with an inspirational quote:"If Pakistan has a future, it is embodied in Malala Yousafzai," the editorial reads. "Malala has shown more courage in facing down the Taliban than Pakistan's government and its military leaders .... The murderous violence against one girl was committed against the whole Pakistani society. The Taliban cannot be allowed to win this v … [Read more...]