Originally posted on Disrupting Dinner Parties:
In the beginning, there was “Elevatorgate.” Rebecca Watson, a feminist atheist blogger, politely explained how not to hit on women. Richard Dawkins, the most famous leader of the “New Atheists,” decided he needed to condescendingly explain to Watson that since she is not a Muslim woman, it was self-indulgent of her to speak about her experiences of sexism. Not coincidentally – as far as I am concerned – Dawkins decided this after sitting on a panel with Watson where she extensively explained how being a skeptic and a feminist netted her the delightful catch of dozens of e-mails every day – from other skeptics – offering alternatively to pleasure her like no one else had before (the “fan mail”) or, to rape her violently to set her straight (the hate mail). I think all this talk about sexism in the atheist community…
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Originally posted on Black Nonbelievers, Inc.:
****The following piece is an adaptation from one of my 16 year old daughter’s class assignments. I was unaware of her choice to write about this subject until she told me. She received a grade of 95, and of course, being so please with the outcome, I asked her permission to share. The content has been slightly edited, but her ideas and thoughts come through loud and clear. Please share this with others who may be feeling the same way, but may have trouble with open expression.**** ~ Mandisa
Its half past 10 and my mom and I are headed towards her meeting she has every 3rd weekend of the month, I gazed at the stagnant gray clouds and counted the number of black cars that passed. 24….25….suddenly, I see a license plate with peculiar text on it. “God loves me”.
I paused. Bewildered, I turned to my mother.
“Hey, did you see that?”
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Originally posted on dimunitivediva:
Look, if you don’t want to believe, that’s fine. But why do you atheists have to talk about it? Just say you’re not a person of faith and leave it at that. You atheists need to understand that the majority of the nation is still faith based and always will be.
As I’ve become more open about my atheism, I’ve had to deal with statements like the one quoted above from people. Oddly enough, it’s always outspoken Christians who say this to me. It is perfectly fine for them to wear their faith on their sleeve, to publicly declare their love for Jesus. But atheists are supposed to keep a low profile and accept their status as a lowly minority. I won’t deal with the hypocrisy in such thinking in this post(however if you’d like to read a brilliant response to such hypocrisy please click here). What I will do,…
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Originally posted on Gravity's Wings:
Our society treats being poor as a bad thing. We have this idea that people who are poor must not be working as hard as everyone else, and that poor people somehow deserve their poverty. We treat people living in poverty as though they were a drain on society, somehow less educated, less motivated, and less deserving of our attention than those with more money.
We stigmatize being poor, so that it’s looked at as shameful by those who aren’t poor. And then, of course, we expect poor people to somehow overcome that stigma and find jobs, start families, and live the lives that our society considers purposeful. What we can’t see is that shaming poor people for being poor hurts them.
If we actually cared about the poor, instead of pretending to care about the poor, we would support them and not judge them for not having money. We…
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Originally posted on Rhoades to Reality:
Earlier this year, I wrote a blog entitled: “Ain’t I a Skeptic?”. The piece was written primarily out of my frustration with the skeptical and secular (AND feminist) communities and their post-racialist color-blind stance that generally assures that white experiences/ cultural perspectives/ philosophies/ etc. take precedence over those of people of color. It is because the views and experiences of people of color are ignored or purposely cherry picked that we are rendered invisible. And it never fails that when we as people of color begin to speak up for ourselves and share our narratives that the post-racialist “we are all Africans” crowd attempts to put us in our place. Observe:
Imagine the level of entitlement a white male in this country must feel when he labels the event described in the photo as an example of discrimination. What little must he think of the discrimination that people of color face…
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Originally posted on grimalkinblog:
There’s a point I see made… a lot. “I don’t disagree with the goals of A+, I just don’t see why it’s necessary”
Now, ignoring our goal of “get rid of the sexist shit in the Atheist community that is so prevalent”, let’s pretend there was no sexism in the Atheist community. There are still a lot of reasons we need to exist.
I’m a… transgender… genderqueer… thing, not quite a trans man but definitely not a woman, but still very femme, and somewhere on the masculine side of things identity wise… using he pronouns. Atheism+ gives me a place where I can be that, without everyone flipping their collective shits asking invasive questions and misgendering me. And while not everyone will necessarily understand, the questions that they have will be asked respectfully.
I’m super-duper suicidal at random times* even whilst medicated (sometimes? I’m bad at medicating) and…
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Originally posted on Outside The Box:
Oh, I’m sorry. Am I being too harsh? Am I being too inconsiderate? I guess I am since you, the grand, glorious, mighty YOU said so and YOU have never been wrong about anything in your entire life.
Am I overreacting? Am I being irrational? Am I being just flat-out crazy? Well, I’m sorry. I guess that’s just what happens when my own thoughts, feelings, dreams or desires that do not fit YOUR plan are dismissed as mere inconvenience.
I hurt YOUR feelings, huh? I made YOU feel small, stupid, insignificant, unworthy, unwelcome? Welcome to the background radiation permeating my everyday existence.
Excuse me, I’m OBLIGATED to talk to YOU because YOU bought me a drink? I’m sorry, but it’s not my fault that YOU still treat human interactions like business transactions, so YOU will just have to fucking deal with the undeserved “Thank You” as I walk back…
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Originally posted on WHOTV.com:
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Levi Null, 13, of Melcher-Dallas is afraid to go to school after some students posted an online video of his involuntary movements caused by Asperger’s Syndrome.
Levi’s mother says it was done to humiliate and embarrass him.
The father of the teen who posted the most recent video admits it was wrong, but says Levi brings most of the bullying on himself.
“Yes he does,” says Levi Weatherly, the father of the teen accused of posting the video. “I would say three-fourths of this stuff he brings on himself and and probably a fourth of it is bullying that shouldn’t be going on.”
That seems to be the belief of a lot of people in Melcher-Dallas.
Levi’s mother says since she tried to stop the bullying, she has become the victim of it.
“Horrible,” says Dawn Simmons. “Exhausting. Lots of Facebook messages, posts,…
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Originally posted on The Eternal Bookshelf:
In discussions about religion, especially those discussions concerning the degree to which religion influenced certain actions on the part of its adherents or certain traditions followed by many people, a common refrain is what I refer to as “the argument from culture”. Someone or another in the debate or in a lengthy comment thread will make the argument that the action or tradition being discussed was influenced or inspired by culture, not religion. I find this argument questionable, and in this essay, I aim to explain why.
Why Religion Is Culture
My main argument against this claim made by religious apologists is that religion and culture are not totally separate. Certainly, there are many beliefs, practices, traditions, and so on, that can be identified as primarily religious in nature, and we can discuss religion; however, religion does not exist in isolation without affecting or being affected. Religious beliefs, along…
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Originally posted on perry street palace:
[TRIGGER WARNING: rape, abuse, threats of violence, bullying, victim-blaming.]
14-year old Daisy and her 13-year old friend Paige snuck out of Daisy’s home late one night to meet a few football players Daisy knew from school. They went to a party at the home of 17-year old star athlete Matthew Barnett, where they were given near-deadly doses of alcohol and promptly raped: Daisy by Barnett and Paige by a 15-year old boy. Daisy’s rape was captured on video by a third d00d. Of course it would later be shown around to other people at school.
Sound familiar? It should: it has striking parallels to the Steubenville, Ohio rape of a 16-year old girl.
Afterward, the girls were driven back to Daisy’s house by Barnett and another d00d. Paige, the 13-year old, made it back inside and passed out. Daisy was left for dead in her…
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