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Category Archive: Dear Internet Commenter

Feb 23 2014

On mocking people’s physical appearance & the ethics of humour

I wrote a post, for Big Think, about why we should be hesitant about mocking other people’s physical appearance. I’m uncertain whether we should never do it: I think that, maybe, we do it too much or don’t reflect before doing it enough. I certainly know I’m hesitant about laughing at or making jokes about …

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Aug 29 2013

In which I yell at kids to get off my lawn (apparently)

I started writing some lighter pieces for a South African women’s site. In my latest, I list some things I think we need to stop saying – in cyber- and meatspace – such as “That’s just your opinion”, “Just saying”, etc, and why. I’ve already thought of more, such as discussions of the weather and …

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Aug 13 2013

I wrote a letter to Straight Male Gamer

And it allowed me to convey what I keep trying to say in other ways. This isn’t solely about games but the dismissal of those who are not what John Scalzi calls “the lowest difficulty setting” in life: the straight (white) dude. The frustration can turn turn to apathy and giving up. I don’t want …

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Jul 16 2013

White Knight MANifesto

Our plans have been revealed and thus, as Communications Director for the Male Order Brides of the Great FemiNazi Movement, it is my duty to communicate our new rules, as your “freedom” is relinquished from your dirty manhands. ARTICLE I. I.         The PCB (Pearl Clutching Brigade) is monitoring all social media, 24/7, in an effort …

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Jun 17 2013

Dear Internet Commenter Vol #01

On my post calling for those involved in video games to let me know about any experiences of sexism, I received some comments that appear to be off-topic and just plain strange. Consider this one. A few thoughts on this kind of internet comment.

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