By Adi Chowdhury Menstruation, or periods, has long been a subject entwined in controversy. The winding history of gender issues is filled inescapably with superstition and taboo enshrouding the topic of periods. Many have deemed it to be an illness. Many consider it to be a mark of sin. Many think that it is… Continue reading Where Menstruation Can Get You Banished to a Cow Shed: South Asia’s Problem with Periods
By Adi Chowdhury What is the Internet? Is the Web a tool? A hindrance? An impediment? A propeller of anti-social behavior? A path towards enhanced freedom and justice? An educator? Something we should further develop? Something we should repress? Something we should be worried about? As the administrator and author, I would like to… Continue reading Demons of the Digital Divide: The Internet As a Fundamental Human Right in the Modern Age
By Jay Chowdhury Less than one week in, the (notoriously dreaded) Rio Olympics has made world records. Was it in the pole jump? The footrace? Archery? Badminton? Or was it the danged Michael Phelps again? No, it’s even better. The Rio Olympics has warmed hearts by permitting the first ever married same-sex couple to play… Continue reading Rio Olympians Break New Record: Not in Sports, but in LGBT Tolerance
By Adi Chowdhury In the latest of vitriolic homophobia’s manifestations as hindrances in our quest for progress, a young Somalian woman has been sentenced to death for being homosexual. The young Sahra (whose name has been altered due to safety reasons) had been a crusader for women’s rights and hence was no stranger to controversy.… Continue reading 22-Year-Old Somali Woman Sentenced to Death for Being Lesbian
By Adi Chowdhury “To appreciate satire, sometimes you need to lay a whole foundation of acceptance of criticism by others. And being at peace with being put on the spot and being responsible for your actions. Sadly, many of these elements are not present in that part of the world. And this is why satire… Continue reading This Video Emphasizes Why “Blasphemy” and Criticism Cripples Organized Religion
By Adi Chowdhury Religion is an idea. Yes, religion is a deep-seated, sacred, sanctimonious, profoundly revered, relentlessly significant idea. Yes, religion is an idea without which many would be left without a feeling of hope, meaning, and relevance. Yes, religion is often the pivot on which turns society. But it’s an idea nonetheless. And… Continue reading Should We Refrain from Criticizing Religion Simply Because It Offends Believers?
The Center for Inquiry , an organization devoted to pushing for a more inclusive and progressive community across the globe, has issued a speech at the UN Human Rights Council concerning the rise in barbaric attacks against secularists and religious minority groups. Watch it here.