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The "invisible wife", Gia Milinovich, who was slurred as the "wrong wife", was blacklisted on the BlockBot for objecting to racism

Posted 28-Mar-2015 at 04:02 PM (16:02) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)

Gia Milinovich (@giagia) was a successful science-communication professional on British TV in her own right well before she married Prof. Brian Cox (@drbriancox). She has written about her experience of becoming an "invisible wife" once Brian Cox became famous. What then adds insult to injury is when flamers and BlockBot team members such as Sarah Brown (@auntysarah) attempted to browbeat Brian Cox into remonstrating with his own wife merely for her uttering uncontroversial opinions over Twitter....
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How Prof Brian Cox got sin-binned for having the 'wrong' wife; and what that means for us all.

Posted 26-Feb-2015 at 07:22 AM (07:22) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)

Laughably, Prof. Brian Cox - a household name in Britain in science-communication - was attacked for having the 'wrong' wife. Not so laughable at all though was the large-scale harassment directed against him by flamers. They also mounted a major campaign of harassment against another person who is also a household name in Britain for science-communication, Prof. Mary Beard. The personal attacks upon Cox about his wife were in the course of Cox' having tweeted in mild, polite support of an open letter ...
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Supporting free speech - or wearing a fedora - can easily get you into trouble

Posted 18-Feb-2015 at 07:03 PM (19:03) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 18-Feb-2015 at 10:12 PM (22:12) by Gurdur

I wrote about the BlockBot and its history in my second-last blog post. In that post, while I did detail some of the attacks by the Blockbot group and their hangers-on against feminists, I did not go into two vital aspects: the deliberate attack by the BlockBot group on free speech overall as such, and why this is important. As said in my post on this before, the danger is of people adopting its block lists, or believing the false claim for the BlockBot that:
"Twitter is polluted by a number...
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Cathy Young, Anita Sarkeesian, and The Hunger Games

Posted 02-Nov-2014 at 06:38 AM (06:38) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 03-Nov-2014 at 07:00 AM (07:00) by Gurdur

Just out of the blue my eye was caught by an article by Cathy Young (@CathyYoung63) on literary criticism by Anita Sarkeesian (@femfreq) of The Hunger Games (a trilogy of books by author Suzanne Collins, @_SuzanneCollins, which have partly and will be fully rendered into movies). Cathy Young's article is well-written, and presents many worthy points, but I would like to add some points of my own to all this, and there are certain themes that need to be drawn out of the subject - a subject I have...
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Ophelia Benson finds it "a little sickening"

Posted 10-Oct-2014 at 12:33 PM (12:33) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 10-Oct-2014 at 05:57 PM (17:57) by Gurdur

Ophelia Benson decided to take exception to a tweet of Christina H. Sommers'. Benson just didn't approve of what Sommers (@CHSommers) had sent out. Benson (@opheliabenson) in her blog post had the following to say:
"Christina Hoff Sommers is congratulating herself on playing a part in #GamerGate.
... [screen-capture image of Sommers' tweet snipped] ...
@Nero is an associate editor at Breitbart. Here’s what Anita Sarkeesian thinks of #GamerGate:
... [quote snipped] ...
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The Rubicon is crossed: Women In Secularism, feminism, atheism, skepticism, humanism

Posted 20-May-2013 at 11:53 PM (23:53) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 21-May-2013 at 01:01 PM (13:01) by Gurdur

The Women In Secularism conference (#wiscfi) opened in Washington, DC, on Friday, and continues till Sunday. The full conference schedule and speaker list can be seen here. It was an event largely funded by the Center For Inquiry (CFI). Apparently the conference was planned and executed by the DC chapter of CFI - a siginificant fact - however it is largely funded by the national CFI. So the speaker list and schedule looks to have been set by the DC group. Ron Lindsay (@RALindsay), president and...
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A clerihew for @Iittlelamb - on neurobollocks, dopamine and oxytocin

Posted 06-Sep-2012 at 04:00 PM (16:00) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 06-Sep-2012 at 04:25 PM (16:25) by Gurdur

Lammie Oostenbrink
Said, "Dopamine is driving me to drink.
The poetry molecule is MY finding,
But oxytocin hampers my versifying."

The explanation for all this is a tweet from @Iittlelamb (Lammie Oostenbrink) in reply to me in the course of a Twitter conversation prompted by various things. The most immediate cause is Naomi Wolf, who has written yet another exercise in self-praise disguised as a book; this new one is also full of neurobollocks, the incorrect...
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A new PAC for women, by women: support the #PowrPAC

Posted 06-May-2012 at 06:55 PM (18:55) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 06-May-2012 at 07:36 PM (19:36) by Gurdur

In reaction to the current War On Women run by some segments of the GOP in the USA, Imani Gandy (@AngryBlackLady) and others have formed a political action committee (PAC) aimed at advocating womens' rights and a form of feminism, the PowrPAC. You can find its About page here, and its front page here, . I've known @AngryBlackLady a fair long time over Twitter; she's very sensible, positive and rational, and the aims of the PowrPAC seem quite competent, targeting all elected politicians whether Republican...
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Society, Ethics And Science Weekly blogs round-up - 17 August 2011

Posted 17-Aug-2011 at 06:08 PM (18:08) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 17-Aug-2011 at 09:11 PM (21:11) by Gurdur

So much to do, so much to write about. But first, let's see what everyone else is writing about, in another Society, Ethics And Science Weekly (SEAS) blogs round-up.

Religion, society, ethics, atheism, politics: The blog "Bartholomew’s Notes on Religion" takes a look at a spat between Maryam Namazie and Adam Barnett on the one side against Robert Spencer, Pamela Geller and the English Defence League (EDL) on the other side. Maryam Namazie and Adam Barnett wrote a report titled, "Enemies...
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Ideas for an atheist conference and/or blogfest focusing on women

Posted 15-Aug-2011 at 02:25 AM (02:25) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 15-Aug-2011 at 05:13 AM (05:13) by Gurdur

In line with my previous blog post, on my critique of the upcoming CFI "Women In Secularism" conference, I suggested atheist women should possibly organizing a complementary conference to the one that the CFI will be hosting in May next year. Below are a few suggestions, many of which also serve equally well for organizing blogfests, webrings of videos, etc.. Please bear in mind I am only making these suggestions as an outsider.

First off, more on the why - because it leads into...
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More diversity contacts and blogs relevant to atheism, religion & feminism

Posted 08-Aug-2011 at 05:49 PM (17:49) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 08-Aug-2011 at 06:09 PM (18:09) by Gurdur

I recently did a post in which I mentioned low down in the post some diversity blogs. I'm going to repeat that here and add to that, with special emphasis on women atheist bloggers, in relation to bottom-up rather than top-down planning of atheist conferences, and in relation to interaction with other aspects such as feminism, sexism, science-blogging, interfaith dialogue, etc.. Please bear in mind the following are mainly restricted to those in the USA who have been ignored by others. These are...
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How Dr.Spock & others helped bring about participatory medicine & genuinely informed consent

Posted 20-Jul-2011 at 11:22 PM (23:22) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)

I'm in the middle of writing a huge, long, horribly complex blog post at the moment, but this is too good to pass up. A fascinating short paper on the history of medicine, and how Dr.Spock and feminists helped bring about the birth of genuine participatory medicine -- and thereby helped the birth of genuinely informed consent.

Lest anyone think that genuinely informed consent is not a big deal; let me quote from the paper:

The AMA’s original Code of Medical Ethics
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The politics of the meat market, the symbols of the slab

Posted 26-Sep-2010 at 05:43 PM (17:43) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 26-Sep-2010 at 10:08 PM (22:08) by Gurdur

Lady Gaga wears a truly nauseating dress made out of meat strips to some silly function (don't ask me for a link or a pic, I'm still barfing). Then Nina Power, a British academic and author, writes a piece in the Guardian Cif section about that dress of Lady Gaga's, and also about the 20th anniversary of the publication of the book "The Sexual Politics of Meat", by Carol J. Adams. In that book, Adams advanced the thesis that "meat-eating and violence towards women are interconnected". In the Guardian...
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Feminism, Sexism And Crucifixions : When In Rome, Do Not Do What The Romans Do But Instead Get Out As Quickly As You Can

Posted 29-Jan-2010 at 03:02 AM (03:02) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 29-Mar-2010 at 03:00 AM (03:00) by Gurdur

There was recently a little spat among atheists about the number of women speakers compared to male speakers at the upcoming "2010 Global Atheist Convention" in Australia. Ophelia Benson blogged about that problem first off, then she got nastily jumped on by the male atheist blogger Geoffrey Falk, and Benson basically wimped out in reply. Benson was actually right in her objections, but she wasn't able to coherently say why, because Falk caught her out in one of the massive contradictions underlying...
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