”There’s a reason why you don’t hear women on commercial talkback radio,” he said. ”No one wants to hear the whiny sound of a female voice. Us blokes get enough nagging at home!”… Read the rest
Welcome to our archive of news stories relevant to the project of fighting fashionable nonsense. The stories are drawn from the electronic pages of the world’s media. On this page, you’ll find links to those stories that have been featured on Butterflies and Wheels during the current year. At the bottom of the page, you’ll find links to separate archives of stories from previous years.
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Women were ordered to be killed for conspiring against the religion by their ideological predecessors, so is it entirely the Taliban’s fault for following precedent?… Read the rest
Thousands of secularists protested at a banned rally in Ankara against what they see as an increasingly authoritarian and Islamist government.… Read the rest
Israel. Teh gaze. Abortion. Hard Left Fascism. Teh gaze. Don’t forget teh gaze.… Read the rest
When you find yourself captivated by someone talking to you about science in a way that makes you feel everything’s wonderfully simple, go look for the big old mess.… Read the rest
Higher-caste men gang-raped a Dalit girl, took pictures and passed them around. Her father saw them and killed himself.… Read the rest
As politicians squabble about sexism in modern Australia, action on violence against women must be more visible and better-coordinated.… Read the rest
At least seven people have been killed and dozens injured in the suicide bombing in northern Nigeria.… Read the rest
Gary Glitter has been arrested on suspicion of sex offences by police investigating Jimmy Savile abuse claims.… Read the rest
What has depressed much of Greek society – from the liberal centre right to the liberal left – is the rapid rise of Golden Dawn.… Read the rest
Doctors at Queen Elizabeth hospital said she was still weak but stood every chance of making a good recovery.… Read the rest
Dr Dave Rosser gives a press conference, and so does her father Ziauddin Yousufzai. “Can she sit her exams?” “Yes, probably.”… Read the rest
Her parents are now in Birmingham to be with her.… Read the rest
The plaintiffs claim daily classroom affirmation that the nation is “under God” violates state constitutional prohibitions against religious discrimination.… Read the rest
A repressive mindset has been allowed to flourish in Pakistan because of the madrassa system set up by power-hungry clerics.… Read the rest
In one, a brother killed his sister; in the other, an uncle killed his niece. Both were said to have been in an “objectionable situation.”… Read the rest
The honourable left-wing response was then and is now to fight back and support Muslims and ex-Muslims around the world who want to resist theocratic politics.… Read the rest
People of a Muslim background face unique difficulties in abandoning their religion, both in predominantly Muslim countries and in Europe.… Read the rest
“It wasn’t until I started talking about feminism to skeptics that I realized I didn’t have a safe space.”… Read the rest