Quickies: Satanists fighting for abortion rights, Rihanna’s new video and white feminism, and NZ’s new anti-troll law
- Why Satanists are fighting America’s restrictive abortion laws – “The seemingly unusual alliance between Satanism and abortion rights activism becomes far more plausible when you consider the Temple’s central tenets: The first is that one’s own body is inviolable, subject to one’s will alone; another states that members’ beliefs should conform to the best scientific understanding of the world and that no one should ever distort scientific facts to fit her own way of thinking.”
- Black America’s Bill Cosby nightmare: Why it’s so painful to abandon the lies that he told – “To have Bill Cosby, the most iconic representation of Black achievement and racial respectability prior to Barack and Michelle Obama emerge as a violent, sexual predator feels like too much to take. He signals just how hollow the project of racial respectability for achieving freedom really is.” From Ray.
- This is what Rihanna’s BBHMM video says about black women, white women, and feminism – “Let me tell you what I see when I watch this video: I see a black woman putting her own well-being above the well-being of a white woman. Let’s be clear: white women put their own needs and well-being above those of black women every day and call it “feminism.”” From Ray.
- New Zealand’s anti-troll law: gift to trolls, bad for free speech – “Under the new system, trolls who mass-dox or denial-of-service attack a victim could make all of her online presence disappear with impunity, and face no penalties at all for abusing the procedure. If the victim did manage to attempt a counterclaim to keep her online life intact, it would require that she disclose her home address and other details to her attackers.”
- Why women make gifted coders – “In the 1970s, there was punk; that drove the whole generation. This generation is all about software,’ she says, with just a trace of evangelistic fervour. ‘A single line of code can affect millions of people.’”
- Cute Animal Friday! From nowoo, a dog, 8 birds, and a hamster who are best friends.