Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Empowering Women Through Secularism

Last weekend I was at Empowering Women Through Secularism and had a great time. Videos are going up on the Atheist Ireland video site and at their YouTube channel. Watch them! For free!

My personal favourite was the panel on Reproductive rights and Irish abortion law with Ophelia Benson, Clare Daly, Anthea McTiernan, Ailbhe Smyth, Doctors for Choice. Maryam Namazie was brilliant as always through out and Taslima Nasrin's keynote was powerful and moving.

But what the hell, why not watch them all as they start to appear, they're all good. That way you can judge for yourself whether the known idiot @Mykeru, who invaded the conference hashtag (#EWTS2013) is right (

What I learned from #EWTS2013 : Everything is about rape, which is the biggest problem facing humankind. Noted
He later denied that he'd said this. He does that kind of thing a lot, along with making up whatever 'facts' he thinks will suit his argument, throwing in some random insults and - in my case - tweeting false allegations about me on other people's feeds. He seems to assume (probably correctly) that most people won't bother to check the truth of what he writes, so he might as well just make it all up.

Anyway, see for yourself. Many topics were covered. Women are marginalised and otherwise harmed in many ways all over the planet. Lots of these were talked about. Mykeru and many of his cronies are the ones obsessed with rape, not feminists.

I emailed a friend to tell him I was at the conference. He misread the email and thought I was at an Empowering Women Through SARCASM conference. Now that's not a bad idea...

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