Category Archives: Musings & Rants: Life, Parenting, Relationships

Is the Hijab a Symbol of Diversity or a Symbol of Oppression?

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Coca-Cola’s America the Beautiful ad on Super Bowl Sunday aimed to be a celebration of diversity, showcasing the many ethnicities that make up our modern social fabric. Right wing pundits jumped on the ad as a symbol that White Christian … Continue reading

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What Getting Thin Taught Me About Being Fat

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Two years ago, at a small cabin in the San Juan Islands, I put a ladder on a slippery deck and stepped on it, and something happened that will surprise nobody but a woman utterly intent on fixing a rain … Continue reading

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An Atheist Photographer Takes a Trip that Changes His Life

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When freelance photographer Chris Johnson climbed into the passenger seat of a borrowed Honda Civic and set off with his brother Peter to see the Southwest, he thought he was in for a journey of at most a few thousand … Continue reading

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London’s “Atheist Church” Goes All Out to Celebrate Its First Holiday Season

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Last January, a small Sunday morning gathering in London dubbed “atheist church” by the local press went viral globally. Pippa Evans and Sanderson Jones, two British comedians, had organized the event in a decommissioned Anglican church. They called it “Sunday … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving Message from Toys R Us: Skip the Thanks-giving

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In the past few weeks, America’s biggest purveyor of pink plastic has unveiled their plan for the 2013 holiday season. In the process they probably revealed more than they intended to. What Toys R Us exposed was a cynical willingness to … Continue reading

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How My Feminist Blog Became a Magnet for Pedophilic Rapist Wannabes

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It all started with an editorial titled, “Proud Mom of Two Teenage Sluts.” The piece was a tribute to Georgetown student, Sandra Fluke, whose defense of contraception had incited Rush Limbaugh to foam-at-the-mouth slut shaming rants. It was also a … Continue reading

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The Freedom to Die in Peace

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The freedom to die in peace has been much in the news of late. When an 83-year-old man shot first his dying wife and then himself in a Pennsylvania hospice, distressed commenters speculated that local law left him with no better options. … Continue reading

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