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Monthly Archive: March 2013

Mar 27 2013

The pulchritude of Mo

A very pointed Jesus and Mo today. Aha. It makes him look like Jesus’s wife, and thus his subordinate. Think about it, Mo.

Mar 26 2013

Guest post: what harassment really is

Guest post by Tom Foss. Quoting “vjack”   Harassment involves repeated, unsolicited behavior in which the target is demeaned, threatened, or offended in such a manner that a hostile environment is created for the target. I wonder if Vjack’s workplace ever includes presentations on sexual harassment. If it does, I wonder if he just spends …

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Mar 26 2013

So what’s the other side like? Ask Surly Amy

It’s psychic Surly Amy!

Mar 26 2013

Understanding understanding harassment

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Update March 27 – the tweet was a mistake, and does not reflect AAI’s views on harassment. See comment 33. Update 2 See also AAI’s post on the subject.* ______________ Aaaaaaaaand there’s this. Atheist Alliance Int Understanding Harassment | Atheist Revolution And it links to the article at Atheist Revolution. There “vjack” explains what harassment is. Guess …

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Mar 26 2013

Dedicated dialogue

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It’s still going on, Michael Nugent’s project to create a “dialogue” between harassers and the people they harass. He doesn’t call it that. In fact he doesn’t call it anything – he’s being so carefully neutral that he refers to it as just two “perceived sides.” I find the whole thing rebarbative, because nearly all the …

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Mar 25 2013

Desperation

Desperate Syrian women who find themselves refugees in Jordan can…sell themselves or their daughters, for usually a very small sum of money. Her daughter Aya is their best hope. “My daughter is willing to sacrifice herself for her family,” Nezar says. “If the war had not happened I would not marry my daughter to a …

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Mar 25 2013

Thinking fast and slow and gun lobby

David Robert Grimes has the unmitigated temerity to consider evidence for claims that guns make us safer. Academics such as John Lott and Gary Kleck have long claimed that more firearms reduce crime. But is this really the case? Stripped of machismo bluster, this is at heart a testable claim that merely requires sturdy epidemiological …

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Mar 25 2013

Learn to spot the signs

Remember the Islamic University of Gaza? That the LSE Student Union twinned with a few days ago? The Boston Globe did quite a flattering piece on it in February 2010. The first sign that this is a different place from the Western universities it resembles comes when a bell rings in the library. Quickly the …

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Mar 25 2013

He was just trying to compliment you

Ah yes – the ever-popular “random man tells woman to smile” number. When I did not smile (I continued looking for my keys in my purse and avoided all eye contact, in fact), he told me my “pretty face was going to waste.” Ah, no. It’s not. It’s being put to good use keeping her …

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Mar 25 2013

What blocks empathy?

It can be so puzzling, looking back at even quite recent history, trying to figure out “what were they thinking?” What were the people who ran Irish industrial “schools” thinking when they treated the children like shit? What were the people who screamed abuse outside Little Rock High School in 1957 thinking? What were the people …

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