Will Misogyny Bring Down The Atheist Movement? – “The continuing debate over a murky sexual encounter at a 2008 convention for cheekily anti-establishment skeptics underscores a broader dilemma: How can a progressive, important intellectual community behave so poorly towards its female peers?” (If you haven’t already read this, you should.)
The Death of Adulthood in American Culture – “In suggesting that patriarchy is dead, I am not claiming that sexism is finished, that men are obsolete or that the triumph of feminism is at hand. I may be a middle-aged white man, but I’m not an idiot. In the world of politics, work and family, misogyny is a stubborn fact of life. But in the universe of thoughts and words, there is more conviction and intelligence in the critique of male privilege than in its defense, which tends to be panicky and halfhearted when it is not obtuse and obnoxious. The supremacy of men can no longer be taken as a reflection of natural order or settled custom.” From Sarah.
The Afghan Girls Who Live as Boys – “In a society that demands sons at almost any cost, some families are cutting their daughters’ hair short and giving them male names.”
Who Owns Asteroid Rights? – “Congress is back in session and getting right down to work on pressing science and technology issues like education funding, Net neutrality and … oh wait. Actually, the House is holding a hearing on Wednesday to discuss a new law to manage resource mining in space: the ASTEROIDS Act.”