Skeptics, liberals not skeptical about misogyny. KNOW YOUR LIMITS!

It’s almost as though my friend Emily had read this article by Rebecca Watson in which she chronicles some of the truly awful treatment she has endured within the rationalist/skeptic/atheist community on account of her being a woman. But after a few years of blogging, podcasting, and speaking at skeptics’ conferences, I began to get emails from strangers who detailed their sexual fantasies... More

The Queen of Hearts Trumps the “War on Women”

Fra Angelico's depiction of Mary's coronation by her Son, the King of all. “Who is she that cometh forth as the morning rising, fair as the moon, bright as the sun, terrible as an army set in array?” (Song of Songs 6:10) One week ago we celebrated the Assumption of Mary, body and soul, into heaven upon the end of her earthly life. Today we celebrate her as Queen of Heaven and E... More

4 Media Myths: Thoughts They Want You to Have About the Candidates

As Mitt Romney and Barack Obama square off in this year’s presidential race, it will be helpful to catalog a few of the ways reporters are trying to train us to think of the two candidates, for those who prefer to think independently. Last election cycle, broadcast TV news reports were twice as favorable to Obama, according to the Center for Media and Public Affairs at George Mason University. T... More
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What the ‘feeding tube diet’ says about the state of marriage

There’s a lot of talk these days about the “War on Women.” But what about the ‘War on Women’s Bodies”? Or the “War on Women’s Self- Image”? With all the pressure on women to adhere to impossible standards of beauty set by starving, chain-smoking 20 year-old models in New York City, one would think that there would be nothing new under the “diet fad” sun. Well, not so fast. B... More

The Catholic League: Making The Latest Mommy War Worse

By now most people have heard about Hilary Rosen’s terrible choice of words in reference to Ann Romney on CNN Wednesday night. Rosen is a White House adviser and a PR consultant which makes her choice of words all the more impactful. If you didn’t, here’s the clip. CNN has a complete transcript here. When discussing Romney’s campaign and how/whether it’s reaching women, Rosen said, Wha... More
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Does This Line of Argument Work with Someone?

Nancy Keenan scolds E. J. Dionne for not pandering enough to women in his column last week on the Department of Health and Human Services and some of our conscience hang-ups. (See George Weigel for a not-to-be-missed response to the same column, by the way.) The president of NARAL Pro-Choice America writes in a letter titled by the Washington Post “Bad Deal for Catholic Women”: Here... More

Men Like Helen Wage War on Women?

Gotta love The Huffington Post’s attack on the bishops’ pro-life work — “The Men Behind The War On Women” — on the Hill ignores names like Susan (Wills) and Deidre (McQuade) who have been a key part of the team for years. Along with other familiar female faces like George Mason University law professor Helen Alvaré, who was spokeswoman during some key fights and remains a fr... More

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