Feminism

In Defence of Statutory “Rape”

Obvious trigger warning is obvious The geek blogospheres blew up a little this past week when Glee basically ripped off Jonathan Coulton’s cover of Sir Mix-A-Lot’s “Baby Got Back”. This has a host of its own problems, which have been covered extensively elsewhere. (Seriously, did they just expect JoCo to be …

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Religion and Spirituality

You’re a Militant Atheist! (lolwut)

For most of 2012, I identified as not only an atheist, but an anti-theist because of my distaste for the practice of religion in general. Many of the atheists I’ve met are similarly distraught with the damage that religion can do to people, cultures, and the progress of science. Upon …

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Speak Your Mind

Speak Your Mind: Helping Godless Children

The other day, I was pondering what gifts I could get my younger siblings for Christmas. My parents are raising the kids (aged 4 and 6) as rational thinkers who look at nature with wonder and at religion with a skeptical eye. In spite of the wishes of our humanist …

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Speak Your Mind

Speak Your Mind: Collecting Family

It seems that many of the women and females I know have at one point or another been inappropriately hit on. At work, on the street, in the grocery store. This happens to me occasionally, but apparently not as much and not to the same intensity as a lot of …

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PhilosophyReligion and Spirituality

Is Doctor Who A Religion?

It’s an interesting point put forward by PBS’ Mike Rugnetta on the Idea Channel. Doctor Who’s exuberant following, fairly consistent moral judgments, and common symbolism are all called into question when comparing it to religions. I know that my fellow atheist Whovians may be put off by the comparison–but let’s …

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Activism

Gender vs. Sex: Important Distinction

Many people use the terms ‘gender’ and ‘sex’ interchangeably; it’s a little-known fact that they aren’t synonymous. The meanings might as well be identical to most people. I think it’s safe to say that a lot (maybe most) humans are cissexual or cisgendered.

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Speak Your Mind

Speak Your Mind: Politics and WoW

You may have seen this story on Skepchick’s quickies a couple weeks ago: Colleen Lachowicz, Democratic senate candidate from Maine, has been targeted by the state’s GOP for playing World of Warcraft. Specifically, she made some remarks on the forums have called into question her ability to make real-world decisions.

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FeminismReligion and Spirituality

The “Truth” About Contraception

A video on the Franciscan Daughters of Mary website, titled “You Deserve to Know the Truth: Contraception” has a lot of fascinating commentary on a range of subjects, from contraception to homosexuality to pedophilia! The pictures are vaguely related to the content, there are long moments of silence followed by …

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