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Monthly Archive: July 2013

Jul 29 2013

Loony left feminist Taliban strikes again

Colin McGinn forgot someone for his all-male contrarians list. Toby Young should be on it, because he’s very like Colin McGinn, right down to the thinking he’s funny when he isn’t. He doesn’t like feminism. Wo, that’s original! Right, that’s it. I’m not shopping at the Co-op again. The bog-standard supermarket chain announced this morning …

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Jul 29 2013

They were right there

Soraya Chemaly offers answers to the perennial, silly question, “where are all the women in ___?” Actually it’s not in ___, but it might as well be. It’s in atheism, but it could be philosophy or gaming or politics or you know the drill. In a Salon piece last week called, “Where are the women …

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Jul 29 2013

Frankly incandescent

The Telegraph has more. The social networking site’s move came as a female MP called in police over rape threats she received via Twitter and detectives continued to investigate similar highly offensive messages sent to a feminist campaigner. Caroline Criado-Perez, a writer, faced a deluge of online vitriol, including warnings that she would be killed, …

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Jul 29 2013

Twitter says oh all right

It will add a report abuse button. Twitter today said it had introduced a button for reporting abuse on its latest iPhone app and is now looking to expand this function. A spokesman said: “The ability to report individual Tweets for abuse is currently available on Twitter for iPhone, and we plan to bring this …

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Jul 29 2013

Heat/kitchen

Emma Barnett gets lots of sexist abuse online, and she got a couple of sexist online abusers to call in to her weekly radio program to explain why sexist abuse is a good thing. First troll up was Peter from Whitechapel. He was quick to deliver some clichés – such as if Criado-Perez can’t stand …

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Jul 29 2013

Creepy in a Frankenstein sense

Eric Schliesser at NewApps took a look at the “Genius Project” excuse and found it well and truly creepy. 2. There is as Jonathan Kramnick pointed out to me on Facebook, something decidedly creepy (in a Frankenstein sense) in the very idea of Genius-Development.

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Jul 29 2013

Behold, the generic asshole

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Right-on dude is right-on. And yet… Yeah.

Jul 28 2013

The…genius project?

Chaospet on “hand jobs” and sophisticated philosophers.

Jul 28 2013

Being totally right entirely altogether

And then there’s McGinn’s Plea for Calm with its paean to epistemic virtue. Shouldn’t we philosophers be setting a good example of epistemic virtue? We are supposed to be rational, judicious, calm, impartial, non-ideological, just, fair, balanced, careful, scrupulous, accurate, above-the-fray. But such virtues have not been evident recently. Instead we have seen hysteria, presumption …

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Jul 28 2013

How can we know?

From What is it like to be a woman in philosophy – some commentary. How can we know who the predators are? On a day when the profession is all abuzz about the resignation of a senior philosopher due to allegations of sexual harassment, I find myself wondering about all the women who have been …

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