Unbelievable, In Memoriam

‘Unbelievable’, [Elaine Morgan], Inventor Rational in memoriam. David Keirsey, Please Understand Me Blog.


The Chastity Fallacy

The Dish

Tim Challies thinks evangelicals are making a mistake in obsessing over virginity:

The obsession manifests itself in the pre-marriage course where the young man who burned up his teens and early twenties staring at tens of thousands of pornographic images somehow thinks he holds the moral high ground over the young woman who had sex one time with one boyfriend. After all, he is a virgin and she is not. She is the one who ought to seek his forgiveness for giving to someone else what was rightly his.

It manifests itself in young people who ask questions about “technical virginity” like doing these sexual acts, which stop short of full-on sexual intercourse, are somehow less serious or less morally significant than going all the way. “It’s okay, I’m still a virgin!”

This obsession with virginity measures so many of the wrong things, asks so many of the wrong questions, delivers so…

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Chart Of The Day

The Dish

World Population

Africa’s population is projected to skyrocket:

Right now, with a couple of exceptions, Africa’s population density is relatively low; it’s a very big continent more sparsely populated than, say, Europe or East Asia. That’s changing very quickly. The continent’s overall population is expected to more than quadruple over just 90 years, an astonishingly rapid growth that will make Africa more important than ever. And it’s not just that there will four times the workforce, four times the resource burden, four times as many voters. The rapid growth itself will likely transform issues within African countries and thus their relationship with the rest of the world.

Nigeria is expected to become one of the world’s largest countries:

In just 100 years, maybe two or three generations, the population is expected to increase by a mind-boggling factor of eight. The country is already troubled by corruption, poverty and religious conflict. It’s difficult…

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The “Don’t Be That Girl” Poster Controversy in Edmonton, and A Voice for Men’s History of Rape Apologia

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I‘ve been traveling, so I’m a bit late getting to the whole “Don’t Be That Girl” poster controversy in Edmonton. For those of you who don’t already know all about it: A group called Men’s Rights Edmonton, closely associated with our favorite Men’s Rights hate site A Voice for Men, has been putting up some pretty obnoxious posters parodying an anti-rape poster campaign called “Don’t Be That Guy,” turning the anti-date rape message into one that targets alleged false accusers of rape.

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Did you know tampons are more dangerous than guns now?

Random Observations of Life

Did you know tampons are more dangerous than guns now? That is according to the great state of Texas, anyway.

I have two daughters who have come to the western world from a patriarchal society not entirely unknown for corruption. Somehow I have to find a way to explain to my daughters that the most powerful nation in the world, the one with the “world’s best democracy that everyone else should adopt” (as they would have us believe) has decided tampons are more dangerous than bullets. Did the security guards leave their glasses at home that day? I know tampons and bullets are a similar shape, but really?

Tampons are white, soft and made of spun cotton (or similar). Yes, most do have a pointy end. Tampons absorb blood – this is a critical point.

Bullets are hard, made of metal, many explode on impact. Bullets usually result in a…

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Women as Domestic Appliances and Internalized #Misogyny

“Women as Domestic Appliances and Internalized #Misogyny”


by Rita Banerji

When I bring up the issue of internalized misogyny in Indian women, I’m not necessarily talking about the mothers-in-law who abuse and kill their daughters-in-law for dowry.  What I’m talking about is how women view themselves.  It is the subtle misogyny, a form self-loathing, which often passes over women, even urban, educated, working women, without their even noticing it.  

Take for instance a conversation I was having with my mother one time about one of her male relatives.  She told me, with this look of complete disgust, “He’s like a woman.”  She was referring to how he never takes a stand on nor assumes responsibility for any family project, and lets her do it all.  Does she really think that that is what characterizes a woman:  weakness, laziness, and incompetence?  I’m a woman, she’s a woman – so does that mean she sees us…

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