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Category Archive: Foundations

May 08 2014

From street harassment to Clarkson: The first rule of causing offence

During my recent blogging hiatus, a couple of teacup-bound tempests blew up in which I detected a common theme. It’s a trend that can also be spotted in all sorts of debates around offensive or hateful language and behaviour, in many contexts. First, the Guardian became embroiled in one of its periodic ding-dongs about everyday …

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Jan 24 2014

Men, memes and misogyny

Last week the Guardian’s Jonathan Freedland made one of his periodic forays into gender politics, sparked by the Liberal Democrats’ saga of sleaze, the latest Twitterstorms and a tacky plastic surgery game app. I fully endorse the main message of the piece, that men should actively involve themselves in challenging and combatting misogyny and gender …

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Jan 10 2014

Where’s the power? Some thoughts on Emer O’Toole’s feminist flowchart

Copyright  Emer O'Toole / The Guardian

I turned my back on the Guardian’s Comment is Free page for about five minutes on Thursday afternoon, and when I turned back around there was a piece by Emer O’Toole on men and feminism that had already reaped around 1300 comments. I clicked, expecting some provocative outrage above the line and a savage feeding-frenzy …

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May 09 2013

Empathy and the New Gender Wars

SERIES: FROM THE HETPAT ARCHIVES (Note: Over my first few weeks at Freethought Blogs, I shall be reposting some pieces from the archives at my previous home, alternated with new posts. Once we all start to get bored with me recycling old material, I’ll transfer the entire archive for you to peruse at your leisure. …

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May 06 2013

Welcome to Global Inc. Here is your induction pack

Imagine for a moment that you join a large multinational company, which we shall call Global Inc. Nobody is quite sure who owns the company, indeed no individual really does own it. Ownership and profits are spread across disparate stock markets, investment funds, banks, even governments. You are recruited to a specific department. It might …

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