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Ophelia Benson

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Mar 25, 2013, 8:14:32 PM3/25/13
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Hello. It's getting to be spring, and here is another B&W update.
 

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Nick Cohen on Labour’s scuttling of libel reform
Labour is prepared to destroy the hopes of all those who want to use the freedom of the web to argue and publish without fear of disproportionate punishment.
Filed: February 24, 2013

189 cases of measles reported in South Wales
"Measles is an illness that can kill, or leave patients with permanent complications including severe brain damage, and the only protection is two doses of the MMR vaccination."
Filed: February 28, 2013

Anti-gay Muslim cleric’s Reading university talk cancelled
Adam Goodkin, of the Atheist Humanist Secularist Society at the university, which had planned to protest, said: "We're firm believers in freedom of expression and free speech."
Filed: February 28, 2013

Dhaka: 5 arrested in murder of blogger Ahmed Rajib Haidar
All 5 are students at North South University and all confessed to involvement, police say.
Filed: March 2, 2013

A feminist film critic defends the Onion’s tweet
"It seemed completely obvious to me that the butt of the joke here is people who say such things about women."
Filed: March 2, 2013

EllenBeth Wachs on life as an atheist activist
"Two years ago today, I opened my front door to see a SWAT team standing there."
Filed: March 3, 2013

Cardinal says oops, sorry
He admitted his sexual conduct had “fallen beneath the standards expected of me” and asked forgiveness from those he had “offended.”
Filed: March 3, 2013

Examples of ‘nasty pushback’ against some atheist/skeptic feminists
Michael Nugent documents the slyme pit's way of talking about enemy women and asks a probing question.
Filed: March 3, 2013

Father tortures daughter, age 6, as a “witch”
She was beaten by her father and locked up in a room with her hands, mouth and face bound for four days.
Filed: March 5, 2013

Gaza marathon canceled because women not allowed to run
The UN Relief and Works Agency said it had taken the decision after "discussions with the authorities in Gaza who have insisted that no women should participate."
Filed: March 5, 2013

Katha Pollitt on PBS documentary “Makers”
There are plenty of ads and articles and talk show clips to remind us of how trivialized women were, and how exhilarating were what seem today like very modest steps.
Filed: March 7, 2013

Leo Igwe on humanist funerals in Nigeria
For humanists, a funeral ceremony is not a rite of passage for the deceased. A funeral is a celebration of a life lived, a life which has ended.
Filed: March 8, 2013

Global Malala Day to call for girls’ education
Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown, now a United Nations envoy for education, said the event would take place on Malala's 16th birthday on 12 July.
Filed: March 8, 2013

South Dakota law will allow teachers to carry guns
The law's backers say it will prevent mass school shootings.
Filed: March 8, 2013

Mob destroys Lahore neighborhood over “blasphemy”
The mob attacked the houses in the provincial capital following allegations of blasphemy against a Christian man.
Filed: March 9, 2013

Walkout in UCL over Gender Segregation at iERA event
The Islamic Education and Research Academy is an extreme Islamist organization, whose staff includes Islamist hate preachers such as Hamza Tzortzis and Yusuf Chambers.
Filed: March 10, 2013

UCL on gender segregation at iERA event
We do not allow enforced segregation on any grounds at meetings held on campus.
Filed: March 11, 2013

Skeptical Science on gender segregation at UCL event
Attendees were rather astonished to discover upon arrival that two doors had been set up, one strictly for females and the other for males.
Filed: March 11, 2013

The Guardian on gender segregation at UCL event
University College London said reports of segregation at the debate hosted by the Islamic Education and Research Academy on 9 March were worrying.
Filed: March 11, 2013

Gender segregation collects the girls for easy access
Three men arrested on suspicion of sexual assault and false imprisonment at an Islamic girls' school have links with the school, police said.
Filed: March 11, 2013

Segregation at UCL is no exception to the rule
Student Rights reports that several events at London universities have been advertised as "fully segregated."
Filed: March 11, 2013

Leo Igwe giving a talk in London March 25
Nigeria's most prominent humanist, and a human rights activist, will be giving a ground-breaking talk on 'Breaking the Taboo of Atheism in Black Communities'.
Filed: March 13, 2013

Allen Esterson on Maintaining Scholarly Standards

It is now quite widely believed that Mileva Maric, Einstein’s first wife, played an active role in Einstein’s early scientific work.


Filed: March 14, 2013

Soraya Chemaly on Steubenville and systematic tolerance for rape
Shame-based double standards make people think that girls who drink themselves blotto deserve what they "get".
Filed: March 14, 2013

Violence against women: legal reform is not enough
Making women's wellbeing secondary to "harmony in the home" and treating violence as a private matter are two obstacles to progress.
Filed: March 16, 2013

UN body agrees declaration on violence against women
A proposed amendment by Egypt, that would have allowed states to avoid implementing the declaration if they clashed with national laws, religious or cultural values, failed.
Filed: March 16, 2013

Cardinal says child rape is not a crime but an illness
"Now don't tell me that those people are criminally responsible." Therefore the church should conceal and protect their activities?
Filed: March 16, 2013

Another gang-rape in India
A Swiss couple were camping during a cycling trip when they were attacked by seven or eight men. The man was beaten and tied up while the woman was raped.
Filed: March 16, 2013

Imams meet to talk about domestic abuse
There are pressures which may lead women to believe that leaving their husband is wrong, because it is their duty to be obedient.
Filed: March 17, 2013

Man jailed for killing a teenager by setting him on fire
A gay teenager with Asperger's makes new friends, invites them to his birthday party, is bullied to death.
Filed: March 24, 2013

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Shunning
By Marie-Thérèse O'Loughlin
There was one particular scrawny pigeon who, instead of vying for the nuts and the like that were strewn on the ground, had decided to constantly chase the other birds away, so that they wouldn’t get all the rich pickings.
Filed: March 9, 2013

Women’s Day versus Islam
By Jahanshah Rashidian
While March 8th was historically a secular symbol against the dominance of Catholic Church in the West, it is now rather a worldwide struggle against the misogyny of Islamic regimes and traditions, and the influence of Islamic Mosques all over the world where Muslims live.
Filed: March 12, 2013

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That's it. I'm off to the American Atheists 50th anniversary conference in Austin on Thursday. Should be fun!
 
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