Driving damages ovaries, Saudi cleric says

“A conservative Saudi Arabian cleric
has said women who drive risk damaging their ovaries and bearing children with clinical problems, countering activists who are trying to end the Islamic kingdom’s male-only driving rules.”

Read more here:

Manly home decorating?

I went shopping the other night for new paint for our dining room and was amused/appalled to see CIL’s new “Ultimate Man Cave” colours. “Inspired by colour names you can say out loud.” (Where “you” is a dude apparently since I have no problem with the original names.)

It’s a re-branding of existing colours to make them more masculine.

“The Paint Chip Names for Men Campaign drew fantastic manly paint names from far and wide. Contained in this brochure are a sample of the best of the best… inspiration for you. Your home. Your Man Cave.”

So Lexington Park is Dirty Socks. (That’s so much more appealing, right?)

Silver Lace Vine is now Midlife Crisis.

Great Grey is now Brute Force.

Lights Out is now Deathstar.

Juliet’s Potion is now Zombie Apocalypse. (Who’d have guessed?)

Peacock’s Plume is now Pimpin’ the Trans-Am.

Butterscotch Tempest is now Beer Time.

See the full palette of manliness here.


We’ve written about manly foods before here but now colour names have genders too.



Skepchick 5 km run for choice: Help spread the word

Upset that a pro life group was holding a charity event on a local running trail, a skep chick takes action into her own hands and organized a run for choice. Now they’re asking for our support. Run or walk 5 km in solidarity and donate  funds to Planned Parenthood. I’m sure if there’s a different pro choice group where you are to donate money to, that’s okay too.

Reblogged from Fit, Feminist, and Almost Fifty,

Read more about it here, http://skepchick.org/2013/09/skepchicks-present-5k-walkrun-for-choice/

3:AM Magazine interviews Gillian Russell

“Gilian Russell is literally a kick-ass philosopher of language and logic. Here she goes all Bride vs Gogo over the sexyness of philosophy of language, about not letting the analytic/synthetic distinction get left behind, about how philosophy could make more progress than it does if it had more textbooks, about why logic is not dry, about tea drinking and shooting New Zealanders, killing bulls with a single blow, about the philosophers who do martial arts, about viciousness, the awesomeness of Kill Bill and Tarantino, about not burning her armchair and why philosophers are basically omniverous. This one’s got swag.”

Read the rest here: http://www.3ammagazine.com/3am/a-kill-bill-philosopher/

How should feminists talk to one another when we disagree?

There’s a terrific piece on interaction between feminists called “Solidarity? Or Silencing?” over at the blog Hook and Eye.

“If a room full of feminists working on feminism can’t find a way to be respectful and kind in working through the ideas from that field, what hope do we have in the rest of the public sphere.I’m asking now because Things Are Going On on the Internet, where some of the most vituperative attacks on feminist writers are coming from other so-called feminists. We need to find a way to talk to each other, I think, where we can really listen to one another’s ideas in the full contexts in which they are offered. But how?”

Go read the rest of this piece over at Hook and Eye:

Wow! An Intro Book with Lots of Women

Echoes from the Cave edited by Lisa Gannett came in the mail today and I was thrilled to see the numbers of women. It goes far beyond the usual suspects. There are readings by Marya  Schetchman, Marcia Baron, Sally Haslanger, Lorraine Code, Kathleen Okruhlik, Catherine Wilson, Susan Sherwin, and Anne Phillips. And that’s not even the entire list!

It’s also very good on post-colonial and anti-racist writers. 

Read about the book here.



CFP: Philosophy and Psychology

And look, lots of women already on the program! Nice work, organizers.

The Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology announces a call for papers for its One Hundred and Sixth Annual Meeting, to be held February 6 – 9, 2013 in Charleston, SC. SSPP meetings feature concurrent programs in Philosophy and Psychology, as well as plenary sessions jointly sponsored by the Philosophy and Psychology                          Program Committees. The deadline for all submissions is October 15, 2012.

President’s invited speaker:
Dan Ariely (MIT Media Lab)

Invited Speakers:
Elizabeth Camp (University of Pennsylvania)
Jennifer Nagel (University of Toronto)
Peter Railton (University of Michigan)

Invited Symposia:

Disgusting Normativity
Dan Kelly (Purdue University)
Nina Strohminger (Duke University)
Josh May (University of Alabama ­ Birmingham)

Out­grouping and Speech Acts
Luvell Anderson (University of Memphis)
Rebecca Kukla (Georgetown University)
Mary Kate McGowan (Wellesley College)

Eric Mandelbaum (CUNY Baruch College)
Susanna Siegel (Harvard University)
Ralph Wedgewood (U. of Southern California)

Thomas Nadelhoffer (College of Charleston)
Nicole Vincent (Georgia State University)
Walter Sinnott ­Armstrong (Duke University)

The Philosophy Program Committee encourages the submission of single­ authored papers as well as symposium proposals. Selection will be based on quality, relevance to issues at the intersection of Philosophy and Psychology  (as well as other sciences of the mind), and program considerations­­.

The aim of the program committee is to present a program that is as balanced as the quality of submissions in each area will allow (though papers addressing issues of gender, race, sexuality, bias, and social exclusion are especially encouraged).

Paper submissions exceeding 3,000 words will not be considered. Each paper submission must include a word count  and abstract of no more than 150 words. Self­-reference should be deleted to permit anonymous review. Proposals for symposia must include a 750 word proposal for the symposium, a list of presenters and affiliations, and a 300 word abstract for each proposed paper. All papers and proposal must employ gender­-neutral language; and all submissions                       must be made using our online submission system at:
Under the Keywords section, in addition to descriptions of the submission, please include any of the following that are applicable: To volunteer to be a session chair: ‘Chair.’ To comment on a paper: ‘Comment.’ To be considered for a Graduate Student Travel Award: ‘GSTA.’ To be considered for the Griffith Prize: ‘Griffith.’ For details and eligibility see: http://www.southernsociety.org/griffithaward.htm
Please direct questions to the Philosophy Program Chair, Bryce Huebner at: lbh24@georgetown.edu

Dear media: Please call “non-consensual sex” what it really is

According to the CBC, “Saint Mary’s University in Halifax is promising disciplinary action after a frosh week chant glorifying underage sex with girls without consent was posted online.” Read the rest of their story, Saint Mary’s University frosh chant cheers underage sex, here.

I’m outraged both at the students and their chant and at the media for the way they’re talking about it. Non-consensual sex is rape, isn’t it? Please call it what it is.

You can also watch the video, and hear journalists again use the phrase “non-consensual sex” here at the Globe and Mail.

UPDATE: Salon does a better job, emphasis mine. “Consider this your humorless, offended feminist scolding of the day. Student leaders at Halifax’s Saint Mary’s University are being disciplined after an Instagram video posted on Monday revealed them leading an orientation week chant extolling the joys of sexual assault. And disciplined they should be. The brief clip shows a crowd of students, male and female, chanting, “SMU boys, we like them young. Y is for your sister. O is for oh so tight. U is for underage. N is for no consent. G is for grab that ass.” And W is for WTF?” See here for more.

Paul gets metaphysical at 3:AM Magazine

“L.A. Paul is a deep howdy of metaphysics. She plumbs the depths of why philosophy matters, thinks metaphysical exploration is like scientific exploration in important respects, thinks causation a key puzzle, thinks xphi contributes to the philosophical conversation, thinks fundamental parts of the world are a mix of intrinsic natures, and outlines what you can’t expect when you’re expecting. All in all she’s hardcore. Fabadooza!”

Read the rest of the interview here: