Politics

In Defense of Religious Studies: A Response to PZ Myers

In Defense of Religious Studies: A Response to PZ Myers

Over at Pharyngula, PZ Myers recently wrote an article in which he suggested that we remove all religious studies classes from education, because it’s “useless, distracting, and narrow”. Now as a religious studies major and someone thinking of going on in a religious studies program, I got a little pissy about this. Now why, you may ask, would a staunch atheist such as myself be ... »

Blaming the Mentally Ill

Blaming the Mentally Ill

There have been many, many blog articles written about the shootings in Connecticut, addressing all sorts of questions. However I’ve been deeply upset by a number of the ideas and thoughts expressed in my facebook feed and to my face about what this tragedy should teach us. “We need to deal with the problem of mental illness in this country” “He must have been crazy” “He definitely was menta... »

Criminals, Those Who Are Mentally Ill

Criminals, Those Who Are Mentally Ill

So some of you might have noticed that there was a presidential debate a couple of days ago. It’s been kept pretty quiet, so I’d understand if you hadn’t seen it. There are any number of things that happened in the debate about which I have many opinions, but there was one off-handed comment in particular which isn’t generating much conversation and that I think is extremely important to address. ... »

Do Republicans Hate Women?

Do Republicans Hate Women?

It seems that the more I read up on Mitt Romney and the Republican party, the more I see a worrying disregard for the rights of the women they hope will vote for them. In the interests of honesty, I am not and will likely never be a supporter of Republican politics, and the following post is my own commentary on some of their policies. I have no doubt at all that other parties in other countries m... »

Pssh, Women Aren’t People!

Pssh, Women Aren’t People!

The interwebz exploded recently over comments made by Rep. Todd Akin about his opinions on abortion exceptions for rape. One of the offensive remarks he made was: “I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be on the rapist and not attacking the child.” »

TS Interviews—Dead Freethinkers’ Edition: Ernestine Rose

TS Interviews—Dead Freethinkers’ Edition: Ernestine Rose

This post is part of the Teen Skepchick Interviews series, where TS writers talk with amazing scientists, skeptics, and freethinkers about life, the universe, and everything. Ernestine Rose (1810–1892) was one of the most powerful voices for women’s rights in the nineteenth century. She was a freethinking feminist atheist from very early in her life, in an era when being such took no small amount ... »

Can We Reclaim The Movement?

Can We Reclaim The Movement?

If you’re a regular reader on the Skepchick network, you’ve likely heard about the kerfluffle over on FreethoughtBlogs involving Thunderf00t. If not, here’s a basic rundown from Greta Christina. Thunderf00t has sparked a lot of controversy with his actions, but what I found perhaps the most interesting response to his (B.S.) was Natalie Reed’s suggestion that those of us with a social justice cons... »

This Is Not Art According To the Government

This Is Not Art According To the Government

Over this past weekend, many Facebook feeds in Singapore were flooded with news that the authorities have arrested a 25-year-old woman, the ‘Sticker Lady’, for allegedly painting the words “My Grandfather Road” on some roads in Singapore. Last time, we discussed how Singapore is the land where Freedom of Speech comes to die. This week we’ll be talking about how much the government hates vand... »

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