Archive for July 2011

Almost over

Jul 8th, 2011 10:47 am | By

I was going to move briskly on, but…well there’s just this one last thing, or this one last pair of things.

One is that I think I may have figured out what Richard was trying to get at, or at least what he was irritated about. My friend Maryam Namazie was at the Dublin conference, and as always gave a stem-winder of a talk. Maryam works right at the coal face of women’s rights issues. I think Richard may have thought (or felt) there should have been more of that kind of thing and less of the kind of thing Rebecca talked about. That’s not crazy, it seems to me. One doesn’t have to agree with it, but it’s not … Read the rest

Washington Post on Day Against Stoning *

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International Day Against Stoning on July 11 to demand Sakineh Ashtiani’s immediate release and an end to stoning in Iran.… Read the rest

Support for International Day against Stoning *

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From Belgium, Botswana, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Indonesia, Nigeria, Sweden, and more.… Read the rest

Update on Ashtiani case *

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The International Committee against Stoning has received reports from within the prison that Ashtiani has attempted suicide.… Read the rest

Against religious freedom *

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Austin Dacey and Colin Kroposke argue that there are workable, constructive alternatives to the automatic accommodation of religion as such.… Read the rest


Jul 7th, 2011 11:52 am | By

Russell “begged” me yesterday to focus on something other than what I had been focusing on, so here is a slightly different focus. To put it another way, here is how to get everyone either shouting at me or deleting me from their list of ok people, instead of just a select few.

I partly sort of up to a point agree with Miranda about the Skepchick campaign. (I was only vaguely aware that there was one, because I haven’t kept up.) (You know, I tend to think I’m a terrible nerd, but at the moment I think maybe I’m not enough of a nerd. A real nerd would be ignoring all of this. I envy that nerd. Maybe I’ll … Read the rest

Iran escalates use of capital punishment *

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The mullahs are fighting to prevent pro-democracy movements from taking hold in the country.… Read the rest

Marcotte on another round of Silence the Feminist *

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It has it all; Sarah Palin’s PR team would be proud.… Read the rest

Why Harrods won’t be hiring PZ *

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Full makeup at all time: base, blusher, full eyes (not too heavy), lipstick, lip liner and gloss are worn at all time and maintained discreetly.… Read the rest

14 Fox News propaganda tricks *

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And not just Fox News, either.… Read the rest

Court orders immediate end to Don’t Ask Don’t Tell *

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A federal court ruled the US military has to immediately stop enforcing a ban on gays serving openly in uniform.… Read the rest

La la la la la la

Jul 6th, 2011 3:24 pm | By

It’s a lovely day out. The sun is shining. The sky is blue. The birds are singing.

That’s all I’m going to talk about from here on out.… Read the rest

Why expectations matter

Jul 6th, 2011 10:38 am | By

Now, in one way, it is always possible just to ignore the whole thing. Attitudes, expectations, stereotypes, different rules, biases – it’s all so woolly, and subjective, and impossible to demonstrate beyond a reasonable doubt, so the hell with it; let’s just get on with it and sexism will wither away on its own.

But the trouble with that is, all those things have effects in the real world, that are not a bit woolly and subjective. If women are seen as

  • just there for sex
  • either there for sex or totally superfluous and in the way
  • second best
  • stupid and inept but tolerable to have around because of sex
  • an afterthought
  • peripheral
  • the exception to the rule

then they … Read the rest

Mano Singham on the scientific case for atheism *

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A more accurate definition for atheist would be “One for whom God is unnecessary as an explanatory concept.”… Read the rest

Religious Right guy blubs because gays win equality *

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How can one weep in sadness over the fact that NY same-sex couples will be able to marry? Who knows.… Read the rest

US: hate groups on the rise after Obama election *

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Birthers, “Patriot” groups, anti-Semites, you name it.… Read the rest

Getting and not getting

Jul 5th, 2011 4:39 pm | By

Phil Plait is another who disagrees with Richard Dawkins about the zero badness of asking a stranger for sex on an elevator at 4 a.m.

An important point that came up multiple times is that many men do not truly understand what women go through in such situations.This point was driven home when Richard Dawkins spoke up about it. Through his own words, he proved quite clearly that a lot of men just don’t get it.

And lots of other men on various other sites have been demonstrating the same thing. They don’t get that it matters, they don’t get that women aren’t a public commodity, they don’t get that it’s not all about them, they don’t get that they … Read the rest

Phil Plait on elevator propositioning *

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Sexism (conscious or otherwise) is still a strong force in our society, and a lot of men will dismiss claims of sexism from women.… Read the rest

Chris Hallquist on philosophy as disfunctional *

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The source of the problem is that, as Peter van Inwagen once said, “Philosophers do not agree about anything to speak of.”… Read the rest

Naturalism v theology *

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Tom Clark explores the subject, so you don’t have to.… Read the rest