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Religion, Memes and Circular Logic: How Religion Invades People’s Minds

A theme that often comes up in religious debates — often with fellow non believers of some stripe and practically never with traditionalists or mainstream believers — is the idea that religion isn’t really harmful. Furthermore, there is the idea that religion isn’t really what motivates people. In this view, religion does …

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Teen Skepchick Interviews: Sadiqah, Part 1

This post is part of the Teen Skepchick Interviews series, where TS writers talk with amazing women scientists, skeptics, and feminists about life, the universe, and everything. Sadiqah was born in the United States but lived, worked, and started a family in a Muslim country as an initially devout Muslim …

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Who’s To Blame

Recently, politics and women has been a topic that seems to be everywhere. The Republicans are declaring a war on women. The Democrats are destroying women’s role. In all the hubbub, there was an article at Chronogram that took on a number of the subtopics embedded in this discussion: who’s …

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On The Boob: Breastfeeding (In Public)

As a baby, I was not breastfed. My mom was fifteen and it was weird for her, so she went with the bottle. We could spend time delving into the interesting physiological and psychological differences I have to others who were breastfed, but that's for another time. For mothers who …

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Banning Burqas?

Last year, the French government passed a law which banned the wearing of burqas in their country. Burqas, first of all, are full-body coverings worn by some women in Islamic traditions to cover their bodies in public and conserve their modesty. They generally comprise of a full-body covering, plus a …

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Double Standards or Different Situations?

After Rush Limbaugh’s latest disgusting comments about women, there has been a lot of buzz going on around how much slack we should cut him, what constitutes misogyny, how to respond, freedom of speech, and perhaps most importantly, misogyny on the left side of the aisle as well as the …

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Confronting Rape Culture

I’ve recently had a spate of upsetting experiences at my college campus that demonstrated to me how alive and well both sexism and rape culture are, as well as the attitude of victim blaming. One of my professors outright dismissed any feminist criticisms of the fact that the Bible appears …

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What Are We Afraid Of?

There’s a great article up over at Pandagon right now about why some people find women’s sexuality scary, and it really hit home for me because it focused on the fact that many people who look to limit women’s sexual choices have a strong emphasis on how absolutely different men and women …

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