We were pushing back into downward dog when that post-workout release settled over my body. It started somewhere around the crown of my head, a tingling, a freshness, an awareness...then moved into my fingers, my spine, the roundness of my hips, the length of my femur. I felt my toes press into the earth. Sucked in the sunshine as it warmed the ground and grass.
A while ago I wrote about my misgivings about choice feminism, but I have since been coming around to choice feminist arguments. Today, while making my way through a backlog of blog reading, I came across a post at hermionestranger which gave me pause. The paragraph that caught my attention:
Accusing women of having a false consciousness/internalized misogyny reminds me of two things.
The Shmeargate incident started by PZ Myers I discussed in epic length is coming to its final chapter, for now. The big picture was covered in “The Golden Apple Grenade”, specific details were addressed in “Choose Wisely”. “Blaming Helen” is about the final “wine story” of his infamous Grenade Post (you may want to re-read that part) and some of the arguments presented later by its supporters.
The last two weeks have been difficult for members of organized skepticism, a community that I have been increasingly involved in over the last five years. In that time, I've made a lot of good friends, but recently many of them have forgotten they can disagree without hating one another. This animosity threatens a lot of progress that has been made over the past decade, during which time groups of overwhelmingly like-minded people have found each other in order to promote evidence-based thinking and to celebrate curiosity and progress.
I've been reading a bit about Mormon theology for my book, and that theology is not only plenty weird, but a major part of it has been decisively disproven by modern genetics, archaeology, and linguistics. (One of my theories, which is mine, is that the closer in time to the present day a theology arose, the weirder it looks. Really, Mormon theology is no weirder than Christian or Hindu theology, and Scientology seems ridiculous largely because we were alive when it was made up.)