Things we liked, or didn’t like, from around the internet this week.
The Pervocracy on The Myth of the Boner Werewolf.
Men aren’t rollercoasters. They aren’t werewolves. They aren’t walking penises. They’re people. They make decisions. Let’s stop talking about “he couldn’t stop himself” and start talking about “he decided not to stop.” Men deserve that dignity, and the responsibility that comes with it.
Alison McCulloch’s article in the Bay of Plenty Times about abortion: Our position on rape echoes US extremism.
In New Zealand, rape is not a legal ground for abortion – something right-wing US politicians would love to achieve.
And while there’s certainly a push going on in the US to crack down on abortion access, as things stand, the US has much more liberal abortion laws than New Zealand does.
Alison’s article is sobering throughout. I (Deb) recommend it.
As I’ve (Deb) mentioned a couple of times, there’s been a huge on-going stoush in the US atheist and skeptic blogospheres about the treatment of women within the movements. Women have been demanding that they be treated with minimal human decency and that there be things such as sexual harassment policies at conferences and no rape threats. Outrageous. And they’ve been told this is incredibly divisive and they are tearing the movements apart. Greta Christina has some thoughts on divisiveness.
For a solid year, far too many women in this community — and especially feminist women — have been relentlessly subjected to a torrent of hatred, harassment, and abuse… and to a torrent of people ignoring this behavior, rationalizing it, trivializing it, or getting angry at us for even talking about it.
So why is it that forming a subset of atheism that prioritizes the inclusion of women, over the inclusion of hateful, misogynist assholes, is what’s being seen as “divisive”?
And why is it that actions and words that demean women, objectify us, inappropriately sexualize us, violate our privacy, and literally threaten us and make us unsafe, are not being called “divisive”?
Bic designed some pens especially for women, in pretty sparkly colours. Read the reviews on Amazon: they’re superb. A sample:
I want to make sure other girls don’t fall for the misleading marketing like I did. If you use this pen, you STILL NEED TO HAVE A MAN CHECK YOUR WORK!
Two bits of happiness to end the week. First, Hillary Clinton in a fabulous sunshiny suit in the Cook Islands. This photo shamelessly stolen from F0TLG Megan’s Twitter stream. Because Megan took the photo. She is there too. The northernmost Lady Gardener (that would be Deb) is deeply envious.
And a gorgeous clip of two 11 month old girls dancing to their daddy’s guitar.