In the UK Men must now PROVE that a woman consented to sex. Except *how can you*. No, seriously, how do you prove she consented without filming her during every single sex act?

Men accused of date rape will need to convince police that a woman consented to sex as part of a major change in the way sex offences are investigated.
The Director of Public Prosecutions said it was time for the legal system to move beyond the concept of “no means no” to recognise situations where women may have been unable to give consent.
Alison Saunders said rape victims should no longer be “blamed” by society if they are too drunk to consent to sex, or if they simply freeze and say nothing because they are terrified of their attacker.
Instead, police and prosecutors must now put a greater onus on rape suspects to demonstrate how the complainant had consented “with full capacity and freedom to do so”.

Holy fucking shit

This is insane.

There’s simply no way to prove you’re innocent, you just can’t. Every woman can now have every man she fucks brought up on charges that it is impossible for him to defend against.

And every dopey fucking Feminist reading this is all “IF YOU DON’T WANT TO BE ACCUSED OF RAPE DON’T RAPE!!!”

You’re not getting it. A man is now effectively guilty until proven innocent and ONLY MEN IN THE UK CAN BE CONVICTED OF RAPE BECAUSE THE STATE DOES NOT RECOGNIZE THAT MALES CAN BE RAPE VICTIMS.



The ability to consent to sex should also be questioned where the complainant has mental health problems, learning difficulties or was asleep or unconscious at the time of the alleged attack, she said.

This has to stop. A woman can say she was raped, even if she consented to sex… because she has learning difficulties

WHAT… THE… FUCK!?!?!?!?!?

This has got to stop… They’ve gone too far.

My name is Bianca Chiesa, I’m 23 years old and Brazilian. I live in Manaus, and this is my last year in college. I shall be a dentist by the end of the year. I’m left-wing, progressive, and atheist. :)

Hello there, Bianca, all the way from Brazil! :) Thanks so much for adding to the blog.

I should know better than to read “Rational Wiki,” which has to be one of the most ironically mis-named websites.

One of the most disturbing trends about the new atheist movement(and many others on the far left I listen to*) is that many seem completely incapable of describing the viewpoints of someone they disagree with in a neutral manner. It’s a skill that’s under-appreciated in importance. It requires one to be able to listen to what your opponents are *actually* saying and understand their arguments well enough to put them your own words- without bias.

It’s difficult, involving empathy, self-reflection, and the intellectual capacity to face the possibility that YOU MAY BE WRONG. …Most people aren’t willing to do this. Seems to be even more of a problem in the ultra-individualistic society the US is becoming. 

So… why is this important? Well, for one, because it requires empathy, self-reflection, and the int… and so on. In other words, rationality. Personal growth. A commitment to truth. You have to be able to defend your position with arguments and facts rather than emotional attacks at an opponent that must be portrayed as irrational, stupid, and the enemy of all goodness/science. 

Terrifying. Easy to see why most people prefer to bury their heads in echo chambers.

*Yes, the right does this too. So do people in the middle. But I notice it more from the left because I follow them more, and because at one time, I had more hope for them.

Pastafarian Driver’s License Issued in Tennessee

When Joy Camacho went to the DMV in Knoxville to renew her driver’s license, she was expecting more of a fight when it came to her right to wear a colander, the official garb of Pastafarians everywhere.There was no battle whatsoever.

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Arizona School Board Decides Against Redacting Honors Biology Textbook Page Mentioning Birth Control

Last month, the board members of the Gilbert Public Schools in Arizona voted 3-2 in favor of removing a page from an honors biology textbook because it contained information about birth control and abortion.Mind you, it also said “Complete abstinence (avoiding intercourse) is the only totally effective method of birth control,” but the textbook upset conservatives because it suggested there were non-abstinence options when it came to birth control.

After the district became the subject of mockery — Rachel Maddow's team even bought the domain so that everyone could read the controversial page from the textbook — Superintendent Christina Kishimoto urged the board to reconsider their decision.It worked. Yesterday, the board agreed not to change the books:

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Atheists Sue Franklin County (Indiana) Over Nativity Scene on Courthouse Grounds

Last week, I mention that there was a Nativity Scene in Brookville, Indiana that has been up for over 50 years, despite warning letters (over the course of several years) from the Freedom From Religion Foundation to take it down.Here are the only details that matter: The display is owned by the Town of Brookville and sits on the grounds of the Franklin County Courthouse.

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Religious Tolerance

My mother is a Christian who believes in God, the Holy Spirit, Jesus, and the Bible.

My father is a Jew who believes in God, the prophets, and the Tanakh.

I believe in these things.

But I will fight for your right to Allah, to the Prophet Muhammad, to the Qur’an, and to hijab.

I will fight for your right to Guru Granth Sahib, to the Gurus, and to Waheguru.

I will fight for your right to separation of church and state, to accuracy of science in schools, and to fulfilled spirituality outside of religion.

I will fight for your right to Brahman, to the gods, and to the Vedas, Upanishads, Mahabharata, Ramayana, and Bhagavad Gita.

I will fight for your right to Buddha, to the Four Noble Truths, to the Eightfold Path, and to dharma.

I will fight for your right to the Mother Goddess and Triple Goddess, the Horned God, to the Sabbats, and to the Rede.

I fight for these things not because I believe in them but because it is right to do so, because we should spend more time building one another up, rather than tearing one another down.

Because, in the end, our beliefs, whatever they are, are what make us human.