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Teen Skepchick’s Reality Checks 4.15

The “Fossilized Reactionary Forces” edition

Does religion hate women? “The truth is that the Abrahamic religions fear women and therefore go to extraordinary and sometimes brutal lengths to control them, constrain them, and repress them in every way. Show me a non-religious society that feels so threatened by the thought of female sexuality that it will slice off the clitoris of a young girl to ensure she can never experience sexual pleasure. Show me a non-religious society that feels the need to cloak women from head to toe and force them to experience the outside world through a slit of a few square inches. All three Abrahamic religions share the myth of Adam and Eve, the myth that it was through woman that evil was let loose in the world. They share the heritage of Leviticus, which declared a menstruating woman unclean, to be set aside, untouched, a revulsion that remains even today among some orthodox Jews, who will refuse to shake a woman’s hand for fear she may be menstruating. What kind of lunacy is this? It is the lunacy of a Bronze Age mindset fossilized by the reactionary forces of religion.” (via RichardDawkins.net)

Why people freak out when science changes its mind. (via NPR)

Ten (or so) rules for good writing. (via Punctuated Equilibrium)

This kitty doesn’t wanna get up. I am dead from so much cute. (via Jezebel)

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