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Why Women Are Too Polite About Religion

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Prominent secular scholars Rebecca Goldstein and Susan Jacoby discuss the unique cultural expectations for women regarding religion. Touching on themes of motivation for religious participation, family pressure, and even the politeness of female atheists, Goldstein and Jacoby examine the phenomenon. Rebecca Goldstein is an award-winning philosopher and author, whose most recent book is Plato at …

Why Secularism is Necessary for Women’s Freedom


Delivered at the Women in Secularism III conference on May 17, 2014. Taslima Nasrin is an award-winning writer, physician, secular humanist and human rights activist known for her powerful writings on women’s oppression and unflinching criticism of religion, despite forced exile and multiple fatwas calling for her death. In India, Bangladesh and abroad, Nasrin’s fiction, …