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This Week: Fluoridation: Skepticism or Conspiracy?

The Problem of Dogmatic Feminism

Join Becky, Eileen, and Sam discuss the firestorm of discussion surrounding sexism, harassment, and safety in the freethought community.

There are show notes, and there will be more show notes as this goes on, please check back in for updates.

The blog posts Stephanie Zvan points out as educational, on her blog:

UPDATE 6/128:25 PDT:
As you might imagine, there’s been a lot of discussion, and perhaps even controversy over our take on this subject.   Since we jettisoned a lot of our actual content in favor of a discussion with Stephanie Zvan and our lack of discussion on those points has been mentioned, we’ve taken the time to produce another podcast to explain more of our position and respond to some of the criticism.  It was recorded early this morning and will be released in at least two parts:
Further updates will include links to the other parts, and these sessions will be in the podcast feed.
Also, discussion:
Unsurprisingly, the FreeThoughtBlog community is less than happy with our commentary, and has some criticism.  We discuss it in the podcast feed, but here are the direct links to that criticism:
There’s some more discussion on this episode and the first part of our extended coverage, but it appears as trackbacks now, so feel free to check them out.   The final part of our Tuesday morning discussion is now also available:

“Dogmatic Feminism” Discussion Podcast (part 2)

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Mike Paps August 26, 2012 at 12:08 pm

Just wanted to mention that I heard one of the ladies use the term “no beaner” referring to the fact she can’t speak spanish. Beaner FYI is in fact a racial slur referring to Mexicans. So she might want avoid that in the future.

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Mike Gillis August 26, 2012 at 12:49 pm

You can’t make an accusation like that and not provide evidence.

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Becky Friedman September 28, 2012 at 5:05 pm

Just wanted to mention that I heard one of the ladies use the term “no beaner” referring to the fact she can’t speak spanish. Beaner FYI is in fact a racial slur referring to Mexicans. So she might want avoid that in the future.

Not sure to whom Mike Paps was referring, but I certainly do not use the term “beaner” in any lighthearted fashion. I understand its derogatory connotation, and I wince when my Chicano and Mexican students bandy it about. I tell them that no one should have their entire identity summarized by a food, and that to call oneself “beaner” is denying the many things that make you who you are and caving to stereotypes.

Perhaps one of us said “no-brainer” and you misheard??? BTW, not only do I speak Spanish, but I’m a Spanish teacher.

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