Topic / Feminism

Evangelical women in Australia get in a tangle over hair length

Last weekend in Australia a bunch of evangelical women  – several thousand actually – flocked to an evangelical Christian conference in Sydney, devoted to what it means to be “a godly woman”. I have no idea what they expected to be told, but when Carmelina Read, above, Dean of Women at the Presbyterian Christ College […]

Imam in hiding after calling for closure of Islamic schools

Australian imam Mohammed Tawhidi, above, claims he has been forced into hiding after voicing support for the ideas of anti-Islam campaigner Ayaan Hirsi Ali. Tawhidi, of the Islamic Association of South Australia, said he agrees with Ms Ali’s call to close Islamic schools in Australia. He has also rejected extremist groups. Ali cancelled her tour […]

Secular Muslim warns against ‘predators of liberty’ in the UK

Maajid Usman Nawaz, above, a politician, broadcaster and an honorary associate of the National Secular Society today hit out at the Muslims who aimed death threats and abuse at a young teenage girl who was filmed ‘twerking’ in a Birmingham street while wearing a hijab. Writing for The Daily Beast, the reformed Islamist wrote: The […]

Fuck modesty for International Women’s Day on March 8!

Wherever Islamism gains power and influence, it comes for women first. And it’s always a sign of worse to come, hence the saying: ‘the freedom of society is measured by the freedom of women.’ Islamism but also the Christian-Right, Buddhist-Right,  Jewish-Right,  Hindu-Right, Sikh-Right … have turned misogyny into an art form. They police women’s behaviour […]

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 […]