#todayin: who would have thunk it! Women rare in top positions of religious leadership – @pewresearch

Not rocket science. But always worth a highlight. From @pewresearch: While many large religious organizations in the United States allow women to be ordained – and to hold leadership positions within the organization – few women have actually served at the very top. We looked at nine major religious organizations in the U.S. that both ordain women and allow them […]

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#womenslives: Modern methods allow the Islamic State to keep up its systematic rape of captives under medieval codes

misc - terrorism

Locked inside a room where the only furniture was a bed, the 16-year-old learned to fear the sunset, because nightfall started the countdown to her next rape. During the year she was held by the Islamic State, she spent her days dreading the smell of the ISIS fighter’s breath, the disgusting sounds he made and the pain he inflicted on her body. […]

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#todayin: erasure of women: the rebel virgins and desert mothers who have been written out of Christianity’s early history

women - women, religion, erasure

Now, here’s some good Sunday reading if ever there was any. Now, whether you buy any of Christianity or not is irrelevant here – think instead of the perspectives of those who do. I. FROM SILK ROBES TO HAIRSHIRTS When Jerome, the Catholic priest and scholar, arrived in Rome in the middle of the fourth century, he discovered a circle of noblewomen living in […]

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#saturdaysatire: Heartwarming Moment 78-Year-Old Celibate Man Forgives Women He’s Never Met

God bless him (pun totally intended and make no mistake). THIS 78-Year-Old man totally won the internet yesterday with this amazing gesture. Get the tissues ready, it’s a tearjerker. This celibate man named Pope Francis, somehow found the empathy to declare that he wouldn’t want to condemn women he’s never met to a hellish inferno for all eternity even though […]

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#todayin: misogyny: Female ‘Purity’ Is Bullshit

A catcall is entirely about reminding you that you are not yours. The purity myth is entirely about reminding you that you are not yours. The fetishization of female purity in a world where catcalls are an acceptable form of communication telegraphs one thing very clearly: “Women, stop sexualizing yourselves—that’s our job, and you’re taking all the fun out of […]

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#todayin: misogyny: The Problem With Purity (again)

I have talked on this blog before (here and here) about how disturbing I find the “purity movement”. It is deeply sexist (targetted at women only, etc.) and I just cannot fathom the obsession that these fathers seem to have with their daughters’ sex lives (read: what she does with her vagina). Here is some more, from feministe, on the problem (emphasis added). Better feminists than I […]

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sociology - citizenship wordle

If you give Breivik’s 1,500 manifesto a good read (though why would you, I suppose), you’ll see that his political influences (particularly with regard to his hatred of Islam) did not come from European sources but rather from the far-right in the US. Though he referred heavily to his fellow Norwegian, the blogger Fjordman, it was Robert Spencer, the American […]

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feminism - (prochoice) ireland

I’m very much behind on my posts and have too many posts sitting in drafts waiting to be finished or, at the very least, cobbled together. This piece which was recently published in the Guardian resonates greatly with me. As a pro-choice and pro-abortion women who has spent most of her life so far living in Ireland, I know that […]

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I actually had an argument about this issue elsewhere on the web some weeks ago. It was all over the blogsosphere that the Church of Scientology (yeah, that’s not a terrifying crowd at all!) is forcing women to have abortions, sometimes late on in pregnancy. Now, my first thought about this was that Scientologists are anti-abortion. As it happens, they […]

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I always listen to Radio 4 in the mornings on my way to work. I’m in that demographic now, don’t you know. I’m nearly always leaving as ‘Thought for the Day‘ begins. For those of you unfamiliar with Thought for the Day it is, as the link says, ‘reflections from a faith perspective on issues and people in the news’. […]

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