She’s working double shifts to keep us fed


Vatican Guy No. 1: “How should we advertise our all-male conference on women?” Vatican Guy No. 2: “How about with a sculpture of a nude headless woman whose breasts and genitals are bound with golden rope?” VG No. 1: “Perfect.” (Plus some other Wednesday evening linkage.) [Read more...]

Does this patriarchal construct of modesty make me look fat?


An earnest, anguished post by a Christian blogger says that God has been laying a heavy conviction on her heart about … leggings. She’s not coming at this from an anti-legging fashion perspective, a la GoFugYourself. She is, rather, convicted about leggings because of “modesty” — which is the white evangelical euphemism for the idea that women are primarily responsible for male lust. It’s the ideology that would rather put every woman in a burka than put any man in a blindfold — the ideology that blames women for everything from men’s lustful fantasies to men’s infidelity to men’s propensity for rape and violence. [Read more...]

Appalling results from a small study of college men highlight a public safety emergency


First, let’s be clear — this is a single study from a single location with a tiny sample size. I mention this not as a criticism of the study, but because it’s something I’ve been repeating over and over to try to reassure myself that maybe the world isn’t as horrible as this study seems [Read More...]

A ‘siege’ and a manhunt and the ongoing American ‘death cult’

The Daily Telegraph's special edition featured three factual errors in its front page headline.

This is not an unusual story. This precise form of deadly violence happens all the time in America. Every day, several times a day. American men kill American women. Every damn day. [Read more...]

Smart people saying smart things (12.13.14)

Randi Harper on online abuse; Chris Rock on the whiteness of Hollywood; Damaris Zehner on the “perspicuity of scripture;” Mark Fallon confirms that “Dick Cheney was lying about torture;” and David Brin on “Abortion and the ‘Jesus Effect.’” [Read more...]

And you’ll only drink milk from a Christian cow


Some links for Buy Nothing Day, including: another bit of false prophecy from Tim LaHaye; an anti-Semitic muppet highlights problems in the Orthodox Church; saving Christmas from Kirk Cameron; and more. [Read more...]

Smart people saying smart things (11.21)

Questions From a Ewe has a request for Cardinal Sean O’Malley; Eliel Cruz and Darnell Moore on what it’s like to be hated in a “sanctuary;” Maria Joanna Krol-Sinclair writes to the guy she punched in the face in Prague; and Doktor Zoom on the right’s horror whenever Obama quotes the Bible. [Read more...]

Smart people saying smart things (11.9)

Walter Brueggeman on the need for “more honest and abrasive speech;” Judge Martha Craig Daughtry dissents; Dianna E. Anderson on “MRAs for Jesus;” Jamelle Bouie on Mississippi goddam; and Paul Rosenberg on “racial codespeak in the Obama era.” [Read more...]