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Name: Sunil
Date registered: August 21, 2012
URL: http://freethoughtblogs.com/nirmukta

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  1. Rape Myths About How Victims “Should” Behave — March 30, 2014
  2. A Question for Free Market Proponents — March 2, 2014
  3. How Rapists Manipulate Their Victims — February 22, 2014
  4. Hunting a Rhino to Save Rhinos — January 12, 2014
  5. How Ayurveda Works (Not Really) — January 9, 2014

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  1. “Brahmins Only” Housing — 26 comments
  2. Analysing Arguments: Two Articles on the Death Penalty — 20 comments
  3. A Question for Free Market Proponents — 15 comments
  4. A White Mark — 14 comments
  5. How Ayurveda Works (Not Really) — 14 comments

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Mar 30 2014

Rape Myths About How Victims “Should” Behave

In the wake of the Tejpal rape case, some articles and comments in Indian media have propagated certain myths about how “true” rape victims “should” behave. These myths echo depictions of rape in cinema and television, and go something like this: rape victims always fight back against their attackers; rape victims always scream “rape” and …

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Mar 02 2014

A Question for Free Market Proponents

I finally finished reading Michael Sandel’s What Money Can’t Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets (I’d talked about it earlier in this post on rhino hunting auctions). Since reading it, I’ve been pondering a question, which I wish Sandel had posed to his opponents during this LSE debate. During the debate, one of the examples …

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Feb 22 2014

How Rapists Manipulate Their Victims

(Content note: contains numerous quotes from rapists, taken from Project Unbreakable.) I’ve been following Project Unbreakable (tumblr, facebook) for almost two years now. If you aren’t familiar with it, it’s an American initiative started in 2011 by then nineteen year old Grace Brown, which photographs sexual assault survivors holding posters with quotes from their attackers. …

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Jan 12 2014

Hunting a Rhino to Save Rhinos

A black rhino seen head-on, standing in the grass at Ngorongoro, Tanzania.

BBC News reports today that a permit to hunt and kill an endangered Black Rhino in Namibia has been sold at a US auction for $350,000 (£212,000): The auction was held amid tight security at a Dallas convention centre, where dozens of protesters had gathered. The winning bidder – who has not been named – …

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Jan 09 2014

How Ayurveda Works (Not Really)

This piece appeared in The Hindu this morning – Understanding How Ayurveda Works. The Hindu does have a soft corner for “complementary and alternative medicine” (CAM), but normally it’s limited to the writings of B.M. Hegde in the “open page”, where anyone can write in. This is different – it appeared in the Science and …

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Jan 06 2014

What to Say When Someone Dies?

My grandmother died today – she was 97 years old and had been on the decline for some time. She had also endured a very low quality of life for years (once saying, “How long is this going to go on?”), not being able to move or read or feed or bathe herself – so …

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Jan 02 2014

Quick Post: Results of Domestic Work Survey

The results of the survey How Much Do YOU Pay Your Domestic Worker? have been published on the main Nirmukta site – you can find it here.  

Dec 21 2013

How Much Do YOU Pay Your Domestic Worker? Take the Survey

A female domestic worker sitting on the floor and washing kitchen utensils.

One aspect of the recent Devyani Khobragade controversy has been the treatment of domestic workers, particularly how much (or how little) we pay them. We’ve decided to do an online survey to get an idea of how much domestic workers in India are paid, and for what kind of work. It’s a short survey, consisting …

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Dec 19 2013

It’s Domestic Work, Not Domestic “Help”

The Indian media is abuzz with the Devyani Khobragade controversy these days – she’s the Indian Deputy Consul General in New York, who was arrested recently by US authorities. One of the issues it raises is the rights of domestic workers, since one of the things she is charged with is having paid her Indian …

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Oct 12 2013

Arguments From Analogy in Victim Blaming

Summary This post analyses various arguments from analogy (“AFAs”) used in victim blaming. It also talks about victim blaming in general – what we mean by blame and responsibility, and the psychological causes of victim blaming. Finally, it argues that victim blaming is wrong in general. If you’re already well-versed in debunking the AFAs, you …

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