Quickies

Quickies: A Sinner Mecca, Trans Kids Not Confused, SF Co Jail Integrates Trans Women

“Filmmaker Parvez Sharma on Islam, homosexuality and the new ‘A Sinner in Mecca’” – The LA Times interviews Sharma about the creation of his new film and the violent backlash he’s experiencing following its release. Caitlyn Jenner Distances Herself From Trans Community – And to that we say, “Good riddance!” She …

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Quickies

Quickies: Ex-Gay Rhetoric, Facebook Name Police, and Three Stories out of Africa

Gay Law Student Rhetorically Slays Ex-Gay Therapist – Watch this gay law student recount what happened when his parents forced him to see a gay conversion therapist. It turns out that ex-gay therapist use a lot of the same tactics of creationists: circular logic, history denial, science denial. Two Bad …

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Cross-Culturalism

Another one

Ophelia Benson of Butterflies and Wheels and Kausik Datta of Oh, The Humanity of It All point to yet another article (almost a carbon copy of the last one I poked with a stick)where a woman equates wearing the hijab with somehow being liberated from the constraints of patriarchy. The …

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FeminismReligionSkepticism

See, that’s where you’re wrong.

Via Maryam Namazie, I came across this bizarre article by Nadiya Takolia published in the guardian titled, “The hijab has liberated me from society’s expectations of women.” O RLY? Let’s cast a skeptical eye on the major claim of this article: “some wear [the hijab] explicitly as a feminist statement …

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You’ve offended a billion Muslims!

My drawing of Mohammed attracted a mediocre troll who, in addition to scolding me for spreading my internet atheism in such an inappropriate venue (my atheist blog!), regurgitated a few extremely common tropes that are worth addressing. The first is the hilarious idea that although Christianity is fair game, I’m …

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