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Religious Liberty and the Right to Discriminate: How Privileging Religious Belief Endangers Civil Rights

Deference to religious belief, specifically Christianity, is deeply ingrained in American culture, so much so that arguments that would look suspiciously like discrimination, bigotry, and hate are not only excused but held up by our Supreme Court when coated in the veneer of religious liberty. Such was the case with …


The ‘Schism’ in Skepticism

Cross-posted from Teen Skepchick  Over the last few years, and especially since the event known as “Elevatorgate,” we’ve seen a drastic increase in the visibility of sexism within the skeptic/atheist movements. It has been the focus of many conversations, and many eyes have been following the developments of people coming …


Makes perfect sense!

One random bit of woo I encountered from a relative who first heard it on Oprah: Dr. Christian Northrup’s theory of thyroid pathogenesis. In many women thyroid dysfunction develops because of an energy blockage in the throat region, the result of a lifetime of “swallowing” words one is aching to …


Deceased Novelist’s writing impoverished by spinsterhood

I was just gonna bring it up as a quickie, but after thinking a bit and discussing the matter with my cat Demosthenes, I had to expand it. Amanda Craig, noted writer/gestator, wrote an article in the Telegraph, “If Maeve Binchy had been a Mother…” [ellipsis in original] arguing that …

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AI: Stereotyping Relationships

So as she listened to me complain about my latest squabble with the girlfriend, a friend of mine let out: “See, that’s why I don’t date other girls. They get upset so easily over nothing!” Now, she was obviously joking. But comments like this usually get me thinking of other …

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Women in World of Warcraft: The Bigger Picture

Cross-posted on Skepchick. Skepchick reader Sean sent in this link to a post on a World of Warcraft fansite that discusses the lack of strong, independent female characters in World of Warcraft’s lore. The author of the article refers to “barnacle characters,” which are characters that depend upon the storyline …

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The Queerview Mirror: Lip Service

Caution: this contains MASSIVE spoilers for the second series of BBC series “Lip Service”. You have been warned…   In 2010 a Stonewall report found that, out of a sample of 126 hours and 42 minutes of UK broadcasting, just seven minutes depicted lesbians “positively and realistically”. That’s about 0.1% …