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Modern Penguin Family!

Modern Penguin Family!

This cute story came across my Facebook feed this morning. I couldn’t resist sharing it! Bergen Aquarium in Norway reported yesterday on Facebook that a same-sex penguin couple had adopted an egg from another penguin couple. The other couple had three eggs, which is a little too many for them to handle. To improve the chances of it hatching the keepers gave one of the eggs to another couple ... »

Science is Missing Out

Science is Missing Out

In a society where sexism is so deeply ingrained in our culture, a lot of it goes by undetected and unchecked. Today I watched the 8th episode of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey. The show is excellent, don’t get me wrong, and this episode titled “Sisters of the Sun” covers the discovery of the chemical composition of the sun and other stars, a fascinating topic. Especially to me as a... »

You Can’t Fight the Gender Binary with Transphobia

You Can’t Fight the Gender Binary with Transphobia

A couple of days ago DJ Grothe, president of the James Randi Educational Foundation, posted a transphobic status update on Facebook reading While it is certainly possible this person, who Grothe assumed to be a transsexual, was indeed trying to challenge the gender binary, his post is not. The very idea of passing is derived from gender binary thinking. If his intention was to challenge the gender... »

Feminists Fighting Transphobia

Feminists Fighting Transphobia

A couple of weeks ago I came across a post on Twitter encouraging feminists to sign a statement in support of trans women’s inclusion in feminism. As a trans woman myself this immediately caught my attention. I read the statement, signed it and have since been in contact with the women behind it. The statement has now also been signed by both Skepchick and Secular Woman, among many others. T... »

Woman Wanted in Dubai for the Crime of Being a Rape Victim

Woman Wanted in Dubai for the Crime of Being a Rape Victim

Trigger warning: This post discusses rape. A 24 year old Norwegian woman staying in Dubai, Marte Deborah Dalelv, has been accused and convicted after reporting being raped to the police. The police’s initial response was to throw her in jail and take her money and passport. She was later released and has since appeared before a court in Dubai. She has now been charged for having sex outside ... »

Intersex Man, 66, Suffers Bigotry by the Media

Intersex Man, 66, Suffers Bigotry by the Media

Also published on Queereka. I got a link today to an article from the South China Morning Post about an intersex man. The story is interesting, but the article itself is horrible. They are completely ignorant of intersex people, and as an extension, gender non-conforming people in general. The title goes: “Man, 66, goes to doctor and finds he’s a woman” Yeah, well, that is in fac... »

Women in Secularism Wrap-Up

Women in Secularism Wrap-Up

Two days ago the second Women in Secularism conference ended. This is only the second time I’ve attended a non-religious or non-work related conference, (I’ve attended a lot of very large Christian conferences in the past,) and it was probably the most rewarding weekend I’ve had in many years. Not only because of the great speakers, but also because of all the great people there.... »

The Privileged Underprivileged

The Privileged Underprivileged

The introduction text to the facebook page “Muslim Women Against Femen..Muslimah Pride Day.” reads as follows: On the 4th April. The so called feminist group, FEMEN has declared ‘Topless Jihad Day’ in which they are asking women to go topless and write ‘My Body Against Islamism!’ on their bare breasts. We as Muslim women and those who stand with us, need to show FEMEN and t... »

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