A GeekShirt Feminists Can Get Behind? – UPDATED

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So, this geeky shirt, made by a woman, insults women and makes them flee from studying hard sciences, because they feel "unwelcome."Seriously, if your commitment to science can so easily come unhinged, you are probably meant to study something else -- something that takes ordinary griping and social-policing and brushes it with a patina of academic study that will ultimately leave you broke and bitter.What about this shirt, which just popped up in my twitter feed, and I find really … [Read more...]

Techno/Science Geeks Should Not be Made to Cry – UPDATED

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Anyone who knows (and loves) techno/science geeks knows a couple of things:1) They are generally sweet-natured people who are preoccupied with techno/science geeky thoughts.2) Because they are preoccupied with such thoughts, they are neither fussy, nor vain. Food is merely fuel, and clothes are mere bodily covering. They generally are not thinking about what they are eating, or wearing.3) A comet scientist who has just helped to land a probe on to a comet is unlikely think think, … [Read more...]

“Mrs. Bishop” and the Theology of “but of course!”

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It was a little over a year ago that a lady around these parts had declared herself to be Long Island's First Female Catholic Priest and managed to be kind of off-putting about it.Her vanity hits the nadir when she refuses to disclose her age. She wants to pastor the people, and gather them in, or something…but she will not give enough of herself, be open enough with herself, to even tell them her age.Ain’t she priestly, though? Really pastoral! Just like Francis!Today we read of ano … [Read more...]

The Carmelite Nuns of Compiègne Wore Priestly Collars

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As with the Martyrdom of St. Charles Lwanga and his companions we today remember a group of martyrs whose story is not nearly as well-known as it should be. And as with Lwanga and the Ugandan martyrs, the martyrdom of the Carmelite nuns of Compiègne speaks urgently to our own age, and offers instruction:After the fall of the constitutional monarchy and the execution of King Louis XVI in 1792, Maximilien Robespierre created rituals to honor the Cult of the Supreme Being even as he led the … [Read more...]

Hillary, Stop Being Coy! Fight Sexism; It’s YOUR TIME!

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While traveling yesterday I had a chance to catch up on my reading and discovered that Hillary Clinton is "thinking about" running for President.We love her when she is coy, don't we? I can't wait to see her new presidential posters. Remember this one, from 2008?2008 was a big year for Democrat candidates drawn with just a hint of totalitarian flavor. Hillary's rising sun was reminiscent of Chairman Mao, Obama's posters often ran more toward soviet propaganda.That was then, and … [Read more...]

Who didn’t walk out on Benedict will stay for Francis

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It was mere moments after Pope Benedict XVI left the balcony after pronouncing his first blessing as pope, and I perfectly recall the insta-drama-queening that commenced:E.J. Dionne described himself as "petrified" of what a Pope Ratzinger might bring. Sr. Joan Chittister suggested that Benedict was so retrograde he represented the theology of the 13th century, and predicted, "[if women are not allowed ordination] . . . we're going to lose an entire generation of young women and we're going … [Read more...]

So, Science Supports Complementarity? Why…YES!

Brain networks show increased connectivity from front to back and within one hemisphere in males (upper) and left to right in females (lower). (Credit: Ragini Verma, Ph.D., Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences)

As the guy in the Emerald City would say, "Well, bust my buttons!"A new brain connectivity study from Penn Medicine published today in the Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences found striking differences in the neural wiring of men and women that's lending credence to some commonly-held beliefs about their behavior.In one of the largest studies looking at the "connectomes" of the sexes, Ragini Verma, PhD, an associate professor in the department of Radiology at the Perelman School … [Read more...]

A “Priesthood” Disingenuous, Thoughtless and Vain UPDATED

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"I am Long Island's first female priest!"Deacon Greg has the story, from Newsday (while Tom has the impatient snark):A Sag Harbor grandmother says she has become the first Long Island woman to be ordained as a priest in a group that seeks equality for women in the Roman Catholic Church.Eda Lorello, a longtime church worker, said she was ordained during a service in Wellesley, Mass., on Aug. 10 organized by Roman Catholic Womenpriests, an advocacy group that says it has ordained … [Read more...]

If this is Sisterhood, Include Me Out!

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I've confessed more than once that, while working with stockbrokers, I got into a bad habit of cussing; I believe I've referred to it as having slipped into "the sailor's tongue." I still indulge it -- infrequently, but too often.Yesterday we were treated to headlines about a particularly foul-mouthed tirade indulged in by a woman named Barbara Morgan, who is apparently Anthony Weiner's spokesperson.The Weiner story is for other blogs -- I'm not interested it -- but someone sent me … [Read more...]

Men on Strike: Fathers, Family, Frank Talk and First Things

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Two weeks ago at First Things, I wondered what it would be like if Rep Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) had her way and women ruled the world.This week I'm continuing on the theme of men and women and families and faith:Family illiteracy, [author Mary Eberstadt] says, “breeds religious illiteracy.”In turn, increasing our scriptural literacy is one way for Christian communities to help their members understand and form families. Eberstadt’s book...has, in tandem with Helen Smith’s Men on Strike, … [Read more...]


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