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Category Archive: Ethics

Apr 21 2014

Stop sending rape threats to women, please

Bigotry flourishes in a landscape of apathy. It doesn’t need support to continue, only the illusion of support which comes from silence and a lack of repercussions for the harassment. This is what struck me when otherwise moral, smart people see another story about a woman being harassed online and being the target of rape …

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Apr 15 2014

UPDATE #2 Men cry foul cos evil feminism makes hitting on women more difficult

Would probably helped if I linked to the piece: Here. That’s a piece I wrote, as a response to a Guardian post which – to say the least – I didn’t like. The piece claims campaigns like Everyday Sexism make hitting on women harder, because it makes all them “females” think confident flirtation is same as …

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Apr 10 2014

So you want to photograph that woman eating on the train…

…maybe don’t. In the Daily Beast, I wrote about my problems with this and other creepy groups and the mindset behind it – as well as the larger problems of our unethical use of the powerful tools we use everyday.

Apr 01 2014

You too can be a creep with this handy device

A new campaign on crowd-funding site, IndieGogo, seems to be doing well. From March 19 until today (March 31), it has managed to raise $8,171 (US), which is eight times the original goal. What is this important project people are furiously throwing money at? It’s none other than a creepy little camera device to take …

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Mar 27 2014

“I do not condone rape” but…

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This comment appeared on a local site about rape culture and what it is. I’d rather not link to the comment directly nor name the individual, since I’m unlikely to change his mind. But it does set up a good basis to respond to yet more nonsense about women and sexuality and how men should …

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Mar 13 2014

The ethics of animals in captivity

At Big Think, I examine what surrounds the morality of keeping animals in captivity: of course, that’s already a somewhat loaded phrase, but for the sake of brevity I just equated that with anything involving animals being in an enclosed “smaller” area (than the normal habitat), by humans. I’m not convinced all captivity is always …

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Feb 28 2014

Supporting Scientology marriage – opposing marriage

This happened: A couple have made history by becoming the first to marry in a Church of Scientology chapel, five years after they brought a legal case to have their religious rights recognised. Newlyweds Alessandro Calcioli and Louisa Hodkin, both 25, described their marriage as a “momentous” victory against “inequality and unfairness” as they posed for photographs outside a …

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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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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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