A digest of articles, interviews, and
blogs of consequence for thinking
humanists and secularists
       (Compiled by Robert Tapp)
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Values strongly
supports the U.S.
Department of Labor's
Office of Federal
Contract Compliance
Programs proposed rule
that would prohibit
federal contractors        
from maintaining pay
secrecy policies. Under
the terms of the
proposal, federal contractors and
subcontractors may not fire or otherwise
discriminate against any employee or
applicant for discussing, disclosing or
inquiring about their compensation or that
of another employee or applicant.
According to the National Committee
on Pay Equity, women in 1973 earned
56.6% of what men earned.    By 2010, the
gap had narrowed somewhat.  Women then
earned 77.4% of men’s earnings.  Still
women in the U.S. have a long way to go
for full wage parity.  Economist Evelyn
Murphy, President of The Wage Project,
estimates that over a working lifetime of 47
years, the current wage gap amounts to a
loss in wages for a woman of $700,000 for
a high school graduate, $1.2 million for a
college graduate, and $2 million for a
professional school graduate.  These are
staggering figures.
by Toni Van Pelt
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 This Woman’s Point of View
 An enforcement tool, Fifty Shades of Grey
 “An old story, repackaged"
Fifty Shades of Grey, the selling of male violence, domination, powerful and wealthy, is a very old story, repeated throughout the generations. In my day it was the Story of O. Yes, most women are turned on by many of these images of sexual bondage, degradation and humiliation. I used to be myself. From the time I first experienced sexual fantasies it was usually an image of me kneeling at the alter in the catholic church with a priest coming up from behind me, inserting his penis and telling me to pray. It went on from there. I imagine a number of catholic girls had the same kind of fantasies from a tender age and perhaps boys. How can it be any different in this society, that we are all turned on by abusive sexual images? As in all of planetary society, it is the way we are brought up and continue to bring up children. It is a big part of the grooming of girls, women and boys to accept violence and degradation as “normal' by the larger community. It is a huge part of the slavery industry.
Common Logical Fallacies and Cultural Criticism
Many people reject important critiques of their culture because they have problems with the sources of those critiques. Many people commit the genetic fallacy by assuming that because a critic exists outside one’s group, that critic cannot be taken seriously. Or they will go further and commit the fallacy of poisoning the well by asserting that a person’s membership or former membership in a particular group makes that person hostile and untrustworthy where criticism of another group is concerned. Others will launch ad hominem or personal attacks against their critics. History is full of excellent examples of groups ignoring badly needed critiques of their culture by real and imagined outsiders. White Southerners believed that Northerners had no right to critique their way of life during the days of Jim Crow. Similarly, many White South Africans argued that Westerners had no right to criticize their ways during the days of apartheid.
Is Tolerance Tolerable?
A discussion from the 2013 symposium with Susan Jacoby, Terry O’Neil and Nel Noddings as reported by The American Humanist Associations Joan Reisman-Brill.
Why does the concept of suicide cause such outrage?
Why do many psychologists allege that ‘rational suicide’ is an oxymoron?  The Final Exit Network is the only organization in the United States that advocates for the right of competent adults to determine that due to irremediable medical conditions,  the quality of their life is insufficient.  This paper looks at the legal landscape in several States that have waged war against FEN and the right to self- determination.
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