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Tauriq Moosa

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Name: Tauriq Moosa
Date registered: May 20, 2013

Biography

Tauriq Moosa writes on ethical matters in the news and pop culture. He has tutored bioethics and critical thinking. His writing has appeared in the Guardian, io9, New Humanist, Skeptic, New Statesman, Free Inquiry, and 3QuarksDaily.com. He has been recommended by The New Yorker, The New York Times Opinionator, and the Huffington Post. He debated Desmond Tutu for a BBC documentary, but lost due to a cup-cake interception. He hates dolphins, will never have children and loves good writing - whether as a novel, comic book, or TV series. (Avatar image painted by my comics co-creator Damien Worm)

Latest posts

  1. So I watched an Avril Lavigne music video… — April 23, 2014
  2. Stop sending rape threats to women, please — April 21, 2014
  3. UPDATE #2 Men cry foul cos evil feminism makes hitting on women more difficult — April 15, 2014
  4. So you want to photograph that woman eating on the train… — April 10, 2014
  5. Sex with robots: Should we? — April 7, 2014

Most commented posts

  1. Guys in dark alleys shouldn’t get upset if women fear them — 158 comments
  2. Reader challenge: Make an argument for banning topless women in public — 57 comments
  3. “Please don’t call me that” is not the same as PC or censorship — 48 comments
  4. Attention whores deserve internet abuse… because reasons — 36 comments
  5. The rage against the cosplay girls (& fake nerd girls) — 32 comments

Author's posts listings

Feb 13 2014

I “ruin” relationships just in time for Valentine’s Day

…or at least that’s what my friend Dean Burnett thinks. Over at the Guardian, I decided to apply some kind of honesty to relationships, advising readers to question monogamy, procreation, etc., in their relationships (assuming most relationship are the two person, monogamous, long-term types). My main focus for this piece was to encourage the view …

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Feb 06 2014

Human Rights Watch video on homophobic attacks in Russia

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Good luck watching this. Thugs. Terrified thugs launching fists at the harmless, at the innocent. Gay rights isn’t just a gay problem, just like sexism isn’t just a woman’s issue, or racism isn’t just a non-white issue (all of this assumes sexism, racism, etc., only directly negatively affects one group, too). Nobody is unaffected by …

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Feb 01 2014

Women don’t know how language works, the poor things: No means yes

Amazon was hosting a Kindle book called “LMR Exposed: How To Overcome Her Last Minute Resistance To Sex, Turn ‘No’ Into ‘Yes’ And Get the Lay!” It was pretty bizarre and rather horrid. I read as much as I could while it was hosted and have read the author’s “articles” before. The Huffington Post quotes …

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Jan 29 2014

On the ethics of public shaming & digital mob justice

I wrote a post for the New Statesman on using public shaming and digital “mob justice” – even when aimed at those people we consider to be wrong. I’m unconvinced of public shaming as a tactic, in terms of “justice” – since one would hope that enforcing justice is itself considered in moral terms; that …

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Jan 24 2014

I kinda defend Nickelback

As if it’s not enough that I “defend” “racists” and hunters, I’m now defending the worst of them all… like, ever, totally: Nickelback. Kind of. I guest-posted on my friend’s Guardian blog about musical taste and shaming (and still snuck in a big of bigotry about better music, I think? Er, oops?). Anyway, science is fun. …

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Jan 20 2014

Responses to common claims made against childfree people

The Huffington Post helpfully aggregated some common assertions and questions people make against childfree people (in their case, it was women they focused on). Anyway, I wrote a response to each one on Big Think. I added some snark. Let me know if they’re questions or assertions you’ve got. And, also, how often do you get …

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Jan 18 2014

Is it ever right to target an individual?

I blogged a longish piece about the ethics of using your platform to target an individual, as we recently saw with Bill and Emma Keller targetting Lisa Adams; and, recently, Caleb Hannan “outing” Dr V for being born a different sex in a piece about golfing equipment. Not to mention how so many piled on Justine …

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Jan 16 2014

Suicide can be moral, but that’s no reason to egg people on

At the moment, in Cape Town, there’s a man threatening to jump to his death. Some are calling for him to jump. I jotted down some thoughts about why suicide can be moral, but why that’s not the same as being part of a crowd yelling for him to leap to his death. And also …

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Jan 13 2014

Golden Globes “Red Carpet” “reporting” makes me hate this species more

So there’s this thing called the Golden Globes, in which awards are given out to famous people for doing things for which they’re famous for: i.e. pretending to be other people on television. Famous people arrive, wearing clothes that cost an amount more than you or I will ever spend in several years, to an …

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Jan 04 2014

Why should we get married?

My latest for the Guardian, I engage with some reasons and thoughts behind why we should get married. Spoiler: I’m not in favour.

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