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By Mindy on April 2, 2014
There was an interesting article in the Guardian a couple of days ago about the biological reasons for menopause. I have not read the studies that this story is based on, so commenters with more knowledge of this stuff please feel free to correct anything that I have misconstrued. Human females are one of three […]
By tigtog on March 28, 2014
Those of you who are regular followers/lurkers of the atheoskeptosphere probably know about this fundraiser for Karen Stollznow’s legal costs by now, but I’m signal-boosting it for the record …
By tigtog on March 18, 2014
Debate is not inquiry. Argument is not skepticism. Fetishizing debate makes us less knowledgeable as a culture and even as a movement, not more.
Posted in culture wars, ethics & philosophy, gender & feminism, skepticism, social justice | Tagged abortion, bodily autonomy, Deep Rifts™, reproductive freedoms, self-sovereignty, silencing tactics | 13 Responses
By tigtog on August 8, 2013
Well, this got interesting fast. The floodgates appear to be opening in the atheoskeptosphere with regard to people deciding that keeping names out of the we-need-anti-harassment-policies discussion wasn’t doing much good for effecting change.
While we’re talking about workplace and convention harassment incidents (particularly amongst the groups for which conventions are also workplaces), I’ve been meaning to link to this excellent post from last month about why conventions are harassment hotspots (there’s Science! on this).
By tigtog on November 4, 2012
A fascinating long post from Clay Shirky on the information age’s transformation of the media landscape, via @Colvinius who referenced it as part of his 2012 Andrew Olle Media Lecture.
By tigtog on August 9, 2012
… under such duress, people confessed at length and in great detail to the fantastic and impossible, often also indicting others, in a spreading, spiraling cascade of fantasies. Remember also that terror regimes the world over use it delightedly to terrify and suppress dissidents within their populations. [...] And they can do this only in an environment in which there are people naive enough to believe the absurd perjuries concocted under such conditions.
Don’t be one of those people.
By tigtog on July 26, 2012
A page on this blog is now titled “Critical Thinking” instead of its previous title “Skepticism”, because that name has become tarnished by the long-lasting and widespread ‘Skepchicks should STFU’ campaign being waged by so-called “skeptics” and “rationalists” who reject the utility of applying critical thinking to social structures, at least if that critical thinking is being done by feminists.
By tigtog on July 5, 2012
It would be nice to think that there weren’t still ignorant twerps repeating the idea that the lawsuit was unfounded/frivolous/a grave miscarriage against a poor defenceless megacorporation/harrumph/wharrgarbl, but sadly there still are.
By tigtog on July 3, 2012
In a truly rational world, it might be possible to substantively and productively explore the pros and cons of competing positions in good faith and reach a nuanced understanding and a mutually satisfying path forward. Unfortunately the “don’t give disproportionate emphasis to sexism” side has basically been hijacked by a bunch of bad faith contrarians…
By tigtog on June 3, 2012
Rebecca Watson won’t be going to TAM this year, and I think she’s absolutely right to take this stand after DJ Grothe’s statements.
By tigtog on May 28, 2012
“let’s pretend social interactions happen without social context”
By tigtog on May 24, 2012
Last week a casual anecdote in a conference speech by Jen McCreight started a whole lot of balls rolling.
Posted in ethics & philosophy, gender & feminism, skepticism | Tagged anti-harassment policies, cyberbullying, Deep Rifts™, hostile environment, misconduct, really not helping, sexism, silencing tactics | 7 Responses
By tigtog on January 24, 2012
OMSFSM totally NSFW. Link in clear text because I don’t want anybody to say that they weren’t warned.