Secular Woman has launched a campaign aimed at reducing abortion stigma and encouraging women and people designated female at birth to talk openly, shamelessly, about their abortion experiences. Initially this campaign was designed for one month only, but, due to positive feedback, we have decided to make it an ongoing feature. The campaign is, appropriately, called #ShameLESS.
by Connie Torrisi
Long before I understood the meaning of such terms as freethinker, agnostic or atheist, I knew I could not buy into the concept of religion. I was only thirteen when I intellectually separated myself from the Catholic Church and its mumbo-jumbo dogma.
I hated parochial school with its emphasis on religion and the supernatural. Pointed questions about religious teachings were waved off with non-explanatory responses such as “God works in mysterious ways.”
Want to show the world that you proudly support reproductive rights? @Abort Theocracy, Secular Woman’s project focused on the intersection of religious power over women's bodily autonomy and sovereignty and dedicated to terminating that connection by opposing religious influence in government, now has stickers available depicting @AT’s stunning logo.
“What a smart way to remind us that legislators have a responsibility to expand access to care, not infringe upon our rights!” says Becca Thomas, director of @Abort Theocracy.
Secular Woman supports gender equality and affirms that gender expression, sexual orientation, and matters of intimacy are for individuals to determine. We abhor hate, sexism, intolerance, and misogyny.
As the founder of Skepchick.org, a regular on the Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe, and a frequent speaker at conferences around the world, Rebecca Watson needs no introduction within the skeptic community. A powerful writer with razor-sharp wit, Watson speaks out for science, skepticism, and social justice with equal force; her new Patreon campaign will fund high-quality videos in which Watson will address such topics.
How Sex Education Can Combat Sexual Violence
By Miri Mogilevsky, blogs at Brute Reason
Secular Woman will fund five women with grants to attend Skepticon this year, taking place November 15–17 in Springfield, MO. Rita Messer, Brianne Triggs, Xandra Best, Maria Holt, and Amber Adamson will attend Skepticon 6 on Secular Woman conference grants. They hail from as far as San Diego and all over the Midwest.
Pizza and Pregnancy Tests
by J.M. Bates
My friend confided in me that she might be pregnant. She was absolutely terrified. At first, I was surprised that she came to me with her serious issue. She wasn't my best friend; in fact, far from it. She often seemed to really dislike me, often calling me "boring" and like "an old lady" in front of our other friends. However, she said I was the only one she could trust not to tell anyone else about her possible pregnancy.