Recent Posts - page 75

  • Shorter Michael Shermer

    Hippieses, I hatesssss them.

  • Who are these feminists? A call for discussion

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    Do Western feminists condone sexism and misogyny in other countries because of cultural relativism? If so, who are they and what are they actually saying? This article came out following the brutal gang rape of the student [name redacted] on… Read More ›

  • How Dare You Call Me A *ist

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    I see it all the time, both online and off – Person X writes/says something, Person Y says “gee, what you just said/did was kinda *ist” and Person X comes back with “how dare you call me a *ist” (or Person Z butts in with “how dare you call X a *ist”) .

    But behaviour is never a fully accurate reflection of character. Bad habits we engage in unthinkingly don’t necessarily make us generally bad people or even generally thoughtless people, but this tends to be the reaction to having those bad habits challenged as marginalising behaviours – that the challenger is calling us a bad person.

    The point is that this one particular act that is being criticised has problematic cultural assumptions embedded within it, and those problematic cultural assumptions are what need to be challenged.

  • Media Circus: Inauguration edition

    What has piqued your sociopolitical media interests lately? Please share your bouquets and brickbats.

  • Femmostroppo Reader 2013-01-21

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    Items of interest encountered recently. What did I miss? Leave your own interesting links in comments. Shameless self-promotion entirely welcome!

  • Atheist women’s numbers matter. Be counted in the Atheist Census Online.

    Hey, are you a woman? Are you also an Atheist, Freethinker, Humanist, Rationalist, Secularist, Agnostic, Non-religious and/or Otherwise-identifying non-believer?

    If so, have you already added your relevant details (just a few simple demographic datapoints) to the Atheist Census Online? Because if you haven’t, I’m about to attempt to persuade you to do so, even though it is just another unscientific internet poll.

  • Otterday! And Open Thread

    Please feel free to use this thread to natter about anything your heart desires. Anything great happening in your life? Anything you want to get off your chest? Books? News stories? What have you created lately? Commiserations, felicitations, temptations, contemplations, speculations?

  • Media Circus #spill edition

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    Parliamentary Labor Caucus will meet at 4:30PM to vote on all leadership positions.

  • The controversy in writing about your children

    This article in The Atlantic by Phoebe Maltz Bovy, “The ethical implications of parents writing about their children” is incredibly unforgiving of mother writers and bloggers. She sets the benchmark very low for the test of appropriateness with writing and… Read More ›

  • Men Who Dance

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    Why is it not absolutely commonplace for little boys to be taken to dance class, the way it is for little girls? Imagine what a disaster it would be if we were to end up in a world with no Leading Men Who Dance.