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Monthly Archive: January 2013

Jan 29 2013

Any time

Ahahahahaha – I usually never do spam jokes but this one is too good to pass up. Perfectly composed articles, thankyou for entropy. Thank you for entropy! ♥♥

Jan 28 2013

Asking for brickbats

Laurie Penny says that internet misogyny should end. “There’s nothing wrong with [her] a couple of hours of cunt kicking, garrotting and burying in a shallow grave wouldn’t sort out.” Like many women who have public profiles online, I’m used to messages of this sort – the violent rape and murder fantasies, the threats to …

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Jan 28 2013

Writing to be understood

Greta did a post the other day about someone who rethought something she wrote and then took it back. I hadn’t seen it until this morning. This is how it’s done, people. She didn’t double down. She didn’t insist that she hadn’t done anything wrong; she didn’t equate “lots of people disagreeing with you” with …

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Jan 27 2013

What we need is a filter

Cath Elliott writes about What it’s like to be a victim of Don’t Start Me Off’s internet hate mob. Note from Helen Lewis, who republished the post on her New Statesman blog: Note from Helen: Cath Elliott’s Blog, An Occupational Hazard, was one of the pieces which inspired me to collect together the experiences of …

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Jan 27 2013

Will the archbish be a temporary floor mop?

I tweeted a link about an upcoming debate at Cambridge between Dawkins and Rowan Williams a few hours ago. There are replies saying Richard will wipe the floor with him. I’m not so sure. Williams was an academic before he was the archbish, and now he’s not the archbish any more. He almost certainly knows …

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Jan 27 2013

The right to complain does not turn women into pathetic victims

More from Nussbaum on Christina Hoff Sommers and on “equity” v “gender” feminism more generally. It’s a very packed, dense essay. From the end, this time. The penultimate paragraph. In short, the feminist views attacked by recent critics are not the monopoly of a sect of radical extremists. They are commonplace in mainstream liberal, and …

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Jan 26 2013

What they did about it

The BBC’s Andrew North tells us more about the Delhi rape victim. Like the student’s family, at least two of the accused are from impoverished villages in Uttar Pradesh, India’s most populous state, and source for many of the thousands of migrants who come to Delhi every year hoping for a better life – the …

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Jan 26 2013

Uncovering Shakespeare

There’s a BBC Four series from last summer, Uncovering Shakespeare; I saw the first two episodes last night, Macbeth first and The Comedies/Shakespeare’s Women second, which is the opposite of the order of broadcast. I thought the Macbeth wasn’t very good. It was way too heavy on “interesting” but totally irrelevant visuals – lots of New …

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Jan 26 2013

Equity v gender

Chapter 5 of Martha Nussbaum’s Sex and Social Justice is titled “American Women” and it’s basically about the idea that there is sane normal sensible feminism and then there is crazy extremist radical feminism, with the first being sensibly in favor of equality before the law, which we now have, so that’s that, and the …

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Jan 26 2013

Universal human rights in Nigeria

A letter to the influential Nigerian newspaper The Guardian defends same-sex marriage and cites Leo Igwe. The letter points out that religious groups are very opposed to same-sex marriage, while human rights activists support it. Such opponents include Christian denominations as well as Muslim groups all of which have voiced their rejection of the pressure …

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