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Ophelia Benson

Ophelia Benson
at CFI Women in Secularism conference, May 18, 2012
Residence Seattle, Washington, USA
Nationality American
Occupation Writer, editor, blogger
and formerly

Ophelia Benson is an American author, editor, blogger, and feminist.

Benson is the editor of the website Butterflies and Wheels and a columnist and former associate editor of The Philosophers' Magazine.[1] She is also a columnist for Free Inquiry.[2]

Her books and website defend objectivity and scientific truth against the threats to rational thinking posed by religious fundamentalism, pseudoscience, wishful thinking, postmodernism, relativism and "the tendency of the political Left to subjugate the rational assessment of truth-claims to the demands of a variety of pre-existing political and moral frameworks".[3]


  • Background 1
  • Published works 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4
    • Interviews 4.1


Benson was born in New Jersey and attended university in the USA before working in a variety of jobs, including being a zookeeper for several years,[4] before becoming an author.

Published works

In 2004 Benson co-authored The Dictionary of Fashionable Nonsense[5] with Jeremy Stangroom. It is a satire on post-modernism, modern jargon and anti-rationalist thinking in contemporary academia. The Times Literary Supplement said "With wit and invention, Benson and Stangroom take us through the checklist argot that so often litters postmodern texts."

In 2006 Benson and Stangroom published Why Truth Matters,[6] which examines the "spurious claims made for creationism, Holocaust denial, misinterpretation of evolutionary biology, identity history, science as mere social construct, and other 'paradigms' that prop up the habit of shaping our findings according to what we want to find".[6]

In 2009 Benson co-authored Does God Hate Women?[7] with Stangroom. The book explores the oppression of women in the name of religious and cultural norms and how these issues play out both in the community and in the political arena.


  1. ^ Benson, Ophelia. "Ophelia Benson columns". The Philosophers' Magazine. Retrieved 30 July 2010. 
  2. ^ "Ophelia Benson columns". Free Inquiry Magazine. Retrieved 10 May 2012. 
  3. ^ "About Butterflies and Wheels". Retrieved 30 July 2010. 
  4. ^ "The normblog profile 7: Ophelia Benson". Retrieved 30 July 2010. 
  5. ^ Benson, Ophelia;  
  6. ^ a b Benson, Ophelia;  
  7. ^ Benson, Ophelia;  

External links

  • Butterflies and Wheels website
  • Freethought Blogs former website


  • Interview with 3:AM Magazine, 31 January 2007
  • Interview with Point of Inquiry, 20 July 2007
  • Interview with The Freethinker, 16 May 2008
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