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Monthly Archive: September 2012

Sep 27 2012

Brendan O’Neill writes in his sleep

More “you want trolling? I’ll give you trolling!” from Brendan “I’m making a career of trolling” O’Neill in Troll Central, aka spiked. What is it this time? It’s that trolls aren’t the problem, “troll hunters” are the problem. (How was I alerted to this one? Because somone I don’t follow tweeted it to two people …

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Sep 27 2012

Facesmash

Godalmighty Soraya Chemaly’s article on misogynist shit on Facebook is horrifying and scary. Earlier this week I wrote about how the use of photography (especially without the subject’s consent) intensifies harassment, abuse and violence against women.  Quicker than I could type “Feministe” this Change.org petition appeared in my inbox:  “Please sign to remove 12 Year …

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Sep 27 2012

Detain those women

What was that about women and indecency and men are always right? That’s how it works in Saudi Arabia for sure. Saudi Arabia detained and deported a lot of Nigerian women who went there for the hajj but did it without a male relative along to make sure they didn’t fuck every man they saw. …

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Sep 27 2012

There was no rape, the woman was indecent

What’s new in Tunisia? Nothing much. Two police officers accused of raping a young woman have accused the young woman of “indecency” and a judge has hauled her into court to respond to the accusation. Leading human rights, feminist groups and other prominent members of civil society have formed a committee evening to co-ordinate a …

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Sep 26 2012

Enough with the naked calendars already

Rebecca’s gone off the whole naked calendars idea. I’m glad about that, because I was never on it, but didn’t say so, because you know, I’m a million years old, I come from that boring generation that did second wave feminism and didn’t get it about pole dancing as empowerment. “Why don’t you make the …

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Sep 26 2012

Preserving masculinity in a society pimped by feminism

The SPLC takes a cautious look at misogyny on the web. The website Itsguycode.com was launched in 2008 as a “parody website for people who take their gender too seriously.” (It is not related to the MTV Reality Show Guy Code, which had its debut in 2011). Its impresarios describe themselves as “a group of …

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Sep 26 2012

All blasphemers

Eric Posner has a rather limp article in Slate, sort of saying the Feds should do something about the “Innocence of Muslims” video and sort of not quite saying it. Greg Lukianoff writes a much more interesting piece in the Huffington Post in reply. …lately, it seems as though we’ve gotten so used to our First …

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Sep 26 2012

Upward Facing Watermelon

Am I wrong to find this funny? A Catholic priest kicking the yoga people out of his church because it turns out they didn’t mean just Downward Facing Dog and Upside Down Candelabra, they meant “spiritual.” Or not, but they could have. You couldn’t be sure. You know how people are. They say it’s not …

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Sep 26 2012

Bad lines

It’s a day for bad lines, innit. For two bad lines in particular. One is In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. The other is The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam.

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Sep 25 2012

A conversation with AC Grayling

A student journalist, Will Bordell, has a lovely interview with Anthony Grayling which I’ve just published at ur-B&W. Here’s a big chunk of it. Spare a thought for philosophy: An interview with A.C. Grayling What makes Grayling tick is “the fact that the world is so rich in interest and in puzzles, and that the …

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