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Emma Watson’s Very Bold, Very Flawed #HeForShe Feminism Campaign

According to an interview in this month’s issue of <i>Porter</i> magazine, Emma Watson’s celebrated HeForShe gender equality campaign was unsuccessfully …

Feminism

Can we prove that God exists? Richard Dawkins and the limits of faith and atheism

<b>God, Santa Claus (Wikimedia/Milles Studio via Shutterstock)</b><p>Atheists sometimes argue the case against God is the same as the case against Santa Claus. Let’s test the logic<p>Gary Gutting<p>November 29, 2015 3:30pm (UTC)<p>Excerpted from “What Philosophy Can Do”<p>Our first concern will be Richard Dawkins’s …

Halloween, Jesus, and Giving the Devil His Due

This Halloween there will be plenty of opportunities to have our wits scared out of us by the usual array of haunted houses, horror flicks, and devilish pranksters, but I wonder what a real encounter with El Diablo would be like if such a being exists. Curiously, the Bible's most famous story about …

Men 'feel threatened by intelligent women'

Despite claiming to find intelligent women attractive, men choose not to date someone who is smarter than themselves, according to new research<p>The next time a man tells you that he's attracted to intelligent women, you might want to ask him whether he's ever actually dated one.<p>No, that's not a …

Salon’s Richard Dawkins peace summit: “I am against all religion … I think I’d call myself a lover of truth. I’m intolerant of bullsh*t”

<b>(AP/Fiona Hanson)</b><p>Exclusive: We talk with sparring partner Richard Dawkins about New Atheism, Twitter & why he sees Ahmed as a fraud<p>Michael Schulson<p>October 12, 2015 4:13pm (UTC)<p>A while back, I was having some beers with the founder of a small atheist publishing house. I’d recently savaged one of his …

Philippine forces search for abducted Italian man

Security forces in the Philippines have mounted land and at sea searches for a former Italian Catholic missionary a day after he was abducted by armed men in the country's south.<p>At least six men, some armed with rifles, dragged Rolando del Torchio from his pizza restaurant into a van and then to …

The Broadly Guide to Male Feminism

Male Feminist here, happy to explain our little cause.<p>Ally<p>Male Feminists are the ultimate allies. Because feminists are all, "Smash the patriarchy!" Male Feminists say, "Definitely! We're gonna guide you in doing this, 'cause we're on the inside and know all the weak spots." We're like double …

Photos Of Matriarchal Societies Show What Gender Equality Looks Like Across The Globe

In these Southeast Asian tribes, women share the power.<p>A girl poses confidently, hands on hips. She wears a delicate flower in her hair, and stands in the photo's background, but there's something commanding about her presence. For her age, she looks stern and self-assured -- where she lives, being …

Churches Could Fill Their Pews With Millennials If They Just Did This

Recently, I returned for a few weeks to the church where I was baptized in an earnest attempt to put my Christian faith into some kind of measurable practice. It is a progressive, congregational church perfectly at home in my ocean-blue hometown. The nave was old-fashioned, with uncomfortable …

Neuroscience backs up the Buddhist belief  that “the self” isn’t constant, but ever-changing

While you may not remember life as a toddler, you most likely believe that your selfhood then—your essential being—was intrinsically the same as it is today.<p>Buddhists, though, suggest that this is just an illusion—a philosophy that’s increasingly supported by scientific research.<p>“Buddhists argue …

Anti-Muslim rhetoric has to stop

<b>(CNN) —</b> Donald Trump is brewing up a toxic nativist sludge in what was once the American melting pot.<p>On Thursday, in New Hampshire, Trump failed to object when an unidentified man offered this: "We have a problem in this country. It's called Muslims. You know our current president is one. You know …

Religion

This free online encyclopedia has achieved what Wikipedia can only dream of

The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy may be the most interesting website on the internet. Not because of the content—which includes fascinating entries on everything from ambiguity to zombies—but because of the site itself.<p>Its creators have solved one of the internet’s fundamental problems: How …

Would Elon Musk's Plan to Nuke Mars Actually Work?

Space<p>It's not often you hear a prominent CEO talk about nuking Mars, so when SpaceX founder Elon Musk broached the idea on the "Late Show With Stephen Colbert" on Wednesday night, people took notice.<p>No, Musk has not declared interplanetary war on Mars. The idea is to "terraform" it so that future …

Philosophers explain the meaning of the Kierkegaard quote that comforts Joe Biden

In an emotional interview with TV host Stephen Colbert, US vice president Joe Biden mentioned that he’d found solace in the writing of Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard. He said that his wife, Jill Biden, had taped a Kierkegaard quote to the mirror, which read “Faith sees best in the dark.”<p>The …

Feminists 'are more likely to watch porn'

In perhaps surprising news, people who watched pornography were found by the University of Western Ontario to be more likely to have feminist views<p>Porn watchers are more likely to be feminist, a study from the University of Western Ontario has found.<p>The article "Is pornography really about making …

Ariana Grande posts essay on sexism in media following split with Big Sean

Ariana Grande has responded to speculation regarding her love life with a post addressing the ever present “double standards” and “misogyny” in the media.<p>Having formerly split with rapper Big Sean, the pop star was linked by some publications to One Direction’s Niall Horan – a story she felt took …

Why Feminist Frequency Is Dead Wrong About 'The Witcher 3' [Updated]

Confirmation bias is dangerous. When you’re always looking for evidence of something, you begin to see it even where no evidence exists. Perhaps especially when no evidence exists.<p>Take the recent tweets of the Feminist Frequency duo—Jonathan McIntosh and Anita Sarkeesian—regarding the recently …

Feminism

Don't be intimidated by museums. They belong to everyone

Many art museums are the predominantly “white spaces” that critics have long said they are. But we can change that<p>Exasperation levels are high. There have been worse times to be black in the United States, but living memory doesn’t avail us of many. For those of us with a certain racial profile (I …

Museums

Oregon outlaws gay conversion therapy, joining two other states

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Oregon this week became the third state to ban conversion therapy, a widely discredited practice aimed at changing the sexual orientation of individuals who identify as gay or lesbian.<p>Democratic Gov. Kate Brown, the first openly bisexual governor in the country, signed on Monday …

Richard Dawkins doesn’t “give a damn”: The big mistake he’s making about religion

<b>(AP/Fiona Hanson)</b><p>Dawkins and his fellow New Atheists were on the warpath in recent days over the subject of believers<p>Sean Illing<p>May 16, 2015 1:29pm (UTC)<p>In a recent essay for Salon (“New Atheism’s Fatal Arrogance”), I encouraged atheists to think more broadly about the function of religion than do …

10 Surprisingly Progressive Moments In Ancient History

Women’s lib, civil rights, gay rights, environmentalism—it’s tempting to think that every single one of the world’s progressive advances happened in …

Ancient History

35 books everyone should read at least once in their lifetime

Whether they're written for children, sci-fi lovers, mathematicians, or fiction aficionados, certain stories transcend their genre and should be read by everyone.<p>In a Reddit thread, users were asked what is a book that everyone needs to read at least once in their life?<p>So in honor of World Book …

How the World Mourned Lincoln

The president's assassination 150 years ago sparked outpourings of grief across the globe<p>On the night of April 14, 1865, John Wilkes Booth shot Abraham Lincoln in the back of the head. Lincoln—president of the United States, preserver of the Union, and liberator of four million slaves—died the next …

A majority of Americans support gender equality — so why don’t they identify as feminists?

<b>(MTV)</b><p>A new poll shows only 18% of people call themselves feminists — which means they really don’t get feminism<p>Jenny Kutner<p>April 9, 2015 2:20pm (UTC)<p>The vast majority of Americans have finally come around to the idea of people of different genders having equal rights. Great! Here's one thing that …

ISIS Declares War on Mohammad's Covenant

Back when ISIS was still expanding into the multi-ethnic and religiously diverse northern Iraq, not just Yazidis but also the country's 1 million Christians were some of their main targets. They were asked to either convert or leave, otherwise they would be killed. All along, churches were being …

University of Chicago

How Hokusai’s ‘The Great Wave’ Went Viral

‘The Great Wave’ takes a starring role at the MFA Boston April 5<p>“The Great Wave,” Katsushika Hokusai’s woodblock print from the early 1830s, may be the most famous artwork in Japanese history, and its popularity isn’t cresting anytime soon.<p>The image of a wave towering over Mount Fuji is the subject …

British Museum

Chilvary could indicate hidden sexism, study finds

Men who demonstrate 'well intentioned' sexism are said to see women as warm and pure yet helpless and incompetent<p>Men who open doors for women are as guilty of sexism as those who are rude to them, according to a new study.<p>Psychologists found that a friendly or chivalrous attitude can mask …

Here's what it's like when President Obama gets mad

When he's mad, President Barack Obama gets eerily quiet.<p>Reggie Love, a 26-year-old former Duke University football and basketball star improbably became then-Senator Obama's right-hand man during his first presidential campaign in 2007.<p>Love went on to work as Obama's personal aide for five years, …

Iran Calls GOP Letter 'Propaganda Ploy,' Offers To 'Enlighten' Authors

Republican senators' letter to Iran about ongoing nuclear talks has prompted a lengthy response from Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who delivered an overview of international law as he critiqued the letter.<p>Zarif said he was astonished by the letter, saying it suggests the U.S. …

“It’s not about men saving women”: Emma Watson talks male feminists, nude photos and when she’ll stop fighting for equality

<b>Emma Watson (AP)</b><p>The “Harry Potter” star and UN Goodwill Ambassador says she was “raging” after being threatened online last fall<p>Jenny Kutner<p>March 9, 2015 1:39pm (UTC)<p>In honor of International Women's Day on Sunday, actress and UN Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson visited the Facebook offices in …