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…
– the rigorous methodology summed up by Carl Sagan as a Baloney Detection Kit
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.
“let’s pretend social interactions happen without social context”
Last week a casual anecdote in a conference speech by Jen McCreight started a whole lot of balls rolling.
OMSFSM totally NSFW. Link in clear text because I don’t want anybody to say that they weren’t warned.
for someone who prided himself on his wide-ranging interests, he had virtually no interest in women’s writing or women’s lives or perspectives
When skeptics start questioning the scientific basis for the Burzynski Clinic’s highly expensive “antineoplaston” cancer therapy, that’s the time that you are supposed to offer proof of therapeutic benefit. Issuing threats instead tends to make it look like the Burzynski Clinic just doesn’t have any proofs to offer.
Do fat dads lead to fat kids?
On the subject of gendered insults (in this case, the use of specific terms to signal acceptable behavior):
Months later, the woman who spoke these four words is still dealing with cyber-harassment including rape and death threats