Topic / Feminism

Remembering feminist and atheist, Elizabeth Cady Stanton

It’s been nigh on impossible this week to compete with the tens of thousands of media reports of the US election, and the predictions of what America might look like in the coming years under the oppressive dominion of Christian extremists and their imaginary god. So, today, rather than try to select one of a […]

Russia’s Chief Wizard Patriarch Kirill renews war on women

Just before his departure for London, where he is currently cuddling up to the Church of England and other religious bodies, Vladimir Mikhailovich Gundyayev, better known as Kirill, Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia, signed an appeal to introduce a total nationwide ban on abortions in Russia. According to Father Alexander Volkov, the appeal calls […]

Why are some Iranian men wearing female Islamic garb?

Because they have had the courage to respond to a challenge issued by Masih Alinejad, an Iranian activist and journalist living in New York who recently urged men to support her campaign against the enforced wearing of the hijab by Iranian authorities. Alinejad, according to this report, runs the My Stealthy Freedom campaign and often shares […]

National Geographic’s ‘atheism is a religion’ article slammed

Prominent US biologist and atheist Jerry Coyne has had it up to here with National Geographic, which, since it’s acquisition by the Murdoch empire: Has been turning into a religously-infused tabloid rather than the educational nature/anthropology magazine that I loved of yore. Coyne ripped into NG after it recently published “The World’s Newest Religion: No Religion” by […]

Archbishop sparks a moral panic over Girl Scout cookies

A ‘spiritual crisis’ over the selling of  Girl Scout cookies on Catholic premises has been triggered by the archbishop of St Louis, Robert Carlson, above. In a letter circulated to the region’s priests and scout leaders, he questions whether the Girl Scout movement is spiritually in line with the teachings of the Catholic Church, according […]

President Obama visits gender apartheid, anti-gay mosque

When President Obama made his first visit to a US mosque yesterday, he recited bits from the Koran and praised American Muslims as a crucial part of America’s history and vital to the nation’s future. And so if we’re serious about freedom of religion – and I’m speaking now to my fellow Christians who remain […]

Feminists disrupt Muslim conference

Two topless feminists stormed the stage at a Muslim conference in France. The activists, from hard-line feminist outfit Femen jumped on the stage, with “Nobody makes me submit” scrawled across their bare breasts. Before being dragged and kicked off the stage by angry Muslims, one shouted: Nobody makes me submit, me nobody owns me, I’m my own […]

Why what Tim Hunt said in Seoul matters

On June 7 the biochemist Tim Hunt, above, a Nobel laureate, addressed a lunch for women scientists at the World Conference of Science Journalists in Seoul, South Korea. He started with his own experience: Let me tell you about my trouble with girls … three things happen when they are in the lab … You […]

Wanted: a god that surpasseth gender

Male language and imagery used to describe God should br scrapped and replaced with non-sexist terminology says a Church of England group. Rev Jody Stowell, a member of Women and the Church (Watch), the pressure group that led the campaign for female bishops, is quoted here as saying: Orthodox theology says all human beings are […]

God created women ‘less ambitious’

At the end of April, Pope Francis reportedly said that it was ‘a pure scandal‘ that women earn less money than men doing the same jobs. But Gavin McInnes, an American writer and former co-founder of Vice Media, yesterday declared that the gender pay gap exists because women are “less ambitious” than men and that […]