Cleverly Named Bunch o’ Links: Atheist Infighting Edition


Atheism and Islam. [TW: Racism, Advocating Violence] Many atheists have a problem with stereotyping Muslims.

Sound and fury. Apparently criticizing Ayaan Hirsi Ali at any time for any reason is enough to become a target of smears and harassment.

Religion and the causes of terror. Terrorism isn’t caused by Islam, it has political roots, and we can’t pretend it doesn’t without ignoring all the available evidence.

Who Gets a Platform on the College Campus? A discussion of the pros and cons of allowing controversial speakers on a college campus.

Will Misogyny Bring Down The Atheist Movement? [TW: Rape, Sexual Assault, Sexual Harassment, Sexism] An exposé of some of the worst of the women-haters within organized atheism.

Richard Dawkins has lost it: ignorant sexism gives atheists a bad name. [TW: Sexism] And here’s a focus on Dawkins specifically, and why people should stop taking him seriously.

Do We Have to Worry About Someone Actually Killing or Raping a Feminist Activist? [TW: Violence, Sexism, Misogyny] This is a really interesting interview with David Futrelle, author of We Hunted The Mammoth, about the violence faced by feminists online.

Building a Christian home inside atheism. There are plenty of good things about Christianity, and they don’t all need to be left behind when leaving the faith.

Cleverly Named Bunch o’ Links: #GamerGate Edition


Why We Didn’t Want to Talk About “GamerGate”. A pretty good review of the inanity that is GamerGate.

The Real Quinnspiracy. Proof that the entirety of GamerGate was fabricated by people trying to harass women out of gaming.

Gamer’s Revanche. [TW: Misogyny, Harassment] A look at the motivations behind misogynist gamers involved in GamerGate.

What atheists like Bill Maher have in common with medieval Christian crusaders. Instead of looking at political issues to explain violence in the Middle East, Maher, Dawkins, Harris, and other atheists like them are quick to blame Islam for everything.

If Only American Kids Could Eat School Lunches Like They Do in France. Is there anything America doesn’t suck at?

Our Place in the Universe: Welcome to Laniakea. We’ve added a new line to our cosmic address.

District suspends ‘dangerous’ teacher for writing scifi novel about school shooting in 2902. Apparently writing fiction is illegal in America now.

Know Me Where It Hurts: Sex, Kink, and Cerebral Palsy. [TW: Ableism] I like this. This is good.

Columbia Student Will Carry a Mattress Everywhere Until Her Alleged Rapist Is Expelled. [TW: Rape] This person is my hero.

Human Rights Lawyer Arrested For Standing On NYC Sidewalk Waiting For Kids To Use Bathroom. [TW: Racism] The human rights lawyer in question is a POC. But tell me that cops aren’t racist.

Jessica Williams Shuts Down News Commentator Who Thinks Catcalling is Great. Yeah, catcalling isn’t great.

Lindy West is Leaving Jezebel, but She Still Hates Rape. An excellent interview with the ever amazing Lindy West.

Cleverly Named Bunch o’ Links: Potpourri Edition


Wow this is late. Sorry about that.

Trolls drive Anita Sarkeesian out of her house to prove misogyny doesn’t exist. Congratulations, trolls. You’ve successfully proved her point.

Notes On An Eating Disorder. [TW: Eating Disorders] This piece is excellent. I highly suggest you read it.

Jon Stewart shreds Fox News for having ‘no f*cking idea’ how to discuss Ferguson. Is it really any surprise that rich white men with no concept of racism can’t discuss Ferguson?

Are Anti-Rape Devices the Best We Can Do? We shouldn’t be holding victims accountable for preventing their own rapes.

6 Ways to Have a Better Conversation about Mental Illness. [TW: Mental Illness, Ableism] We need to be better about talking about suicide and mental illness.

The Master’s Pools. Our priorities as a society are skewed if we spend billions to kill people, but have to fundraise to cure disease.

Flowchart: Should You Catcall Her? Here’s a handy way to tell whether you should ever catcall someone.

Fuck you, Lego. Lego finally sells miniatures of female scientists. For about a week.

The 46-year-old sex toy Hitachi won’t talk about. An interesting history of the Hitachi Magic Wand.

The One Word Men Never See in Their Performance Reviews. [TW: Sexism] Here’s numbers that show, once again, that women are discriminated against in the workplace.

Teen Convinces Her High School To Drop Abstinence-Only Education Class. This happened in Canada though, so don’t get too excited.

Being a Cop is Really Not That Dangerous. Turns out policing isn’t as dangerous as the police would have you believe.

Cleverly Named Bunch o’ Links: Sexism Edition


We Have a Rape Gif Problem and Gawker Media Won’t Do Anything About It. Gawker needs to do a better job of taking care of its writers.

Some Insurers Refuse To Cover Contraceptives, Despite Health Law Requirement. Wow, I totally did not expect this to ever happen.

The sexist crusade to destroy game developer Zoe Quinn. An unsurprising number of gamers are sexist asshats.

Listen Up, Ladies: Here’s Everything Real Men Think Is Wrong With You. Lindy West is awesome. That is all.

Extraordinary Claims Require Extraordinary Evidence – Except in Rape Claims? People insist on treating false rape claims like they’re just as likely as true rape claims. This is wrong.

No, That’s Eugenics. In other news, Richard Dawkins continues to be a terrible person.

Why the Myers-Briggs test is totally meaningless. Turns out there’s almost no science behind the Myers-Briggs.

Flipping the Social Justice Script. Anti-SJ people like to steal and misuse SJ terminology, even as they argue against it.

“Why did you shoot me? I was reading a book”: The new warrior cop is out of control. Police aggression is rapidly escalating, to the detriment of all of us.

Three Congressmen Are Using Red Tape to Bind SpaceX to Earth. Politicians being greedy. Color me surprised.

Cleverly Named Bunch o’ Links: Ferguson Edition


This post is going up today, because as you may have read, I spent yesterday moving. The entirety of this Bunch o’ Links is devoted to articles published in the last week about, or related to, the events in Ferguson.

[TW on all these links: Violence, Racism, Death, Police Brutality]

Ferguson Proves Every Black Person in America is a Target. Various thoughts on Ferguson.

America Is Not For Black People. All too often, black people don’t get access to the rights and freedoms that white people enjoy.

Why are Ferguson cops so completely out of control? With all the right-wing paranoia about a black uprising, it can be hard not to react violently to black people protesting.

Don’t Give Special Rights To Anybody! Oh, Except Cops. That’s Cool. Police get far more protections from the law than ordinary citizens.

In defense of black rage: Michael Brown, police and the American dream. Stop focusing on the looting in Ferguson when you should be focusing on the fact that a police officer murdered a teenager.

It is still murder! Even if Mike Brown robbed a convenience store, killing him was still murder.

I Don’t Know How to Talk to White People About Ferguson. To white people, Ferguson is another in a long line of tragedies. To black people, it’s personal.

State Senator To Ferguson Police: ‘Will I Get Tear-Gassed Again?’ Ferguson police are out of touch and out of control.

Ferguson Is 60 Percent Black. Virtually All Its Cops Are White. How can police be trusted to protect a community they don’t represent?

The Day Ferguson Cops Were Caught in a Bloody Lie. Cops in Ferguson have a long history of covering up violence against black people.

Examining the Word Choice of Print Media in the Wake of Ferguson. News outlets frequently frame coverage of Ferguson, and of black people’s lives in general, in biased and problematic ways.


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