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Racism against white people & sexism against men

September 11, 2016

One touchy subject is whether racism can be against white people, sexism can be against men, and so on for other analogous types of prejudice and discrimination. A lot of white people think they face more racism than black people, and a lot of men think they face more sexism than women. Are they deluded because they can’t even suffer from prejudice? If they were right, would that mean black people couldn’t suffer from racism at all? Read more…

Clarence Thomas’s View of Dignity is Misunderstood

June 28, 2016

A lot of articles are written saying Clarence Thomas doesn’t think slavery took away people’s dignity as if that was a reason to think slavery is not wrong. However, his point was actually, in part, that slavery is wrong precisely because all people have dignity.

I tried to make this clarification to a lot of people who don’t seem to understand why it’s a misunderstanding, even why I try to explain. Nonetheless, I will try to explain here in some detail. If you have questions, you may leave a comment. Read more…

Refusing to Criticize Islam

December 15, 2015

I think there are clearly examples of people thinking criticizing Islam (and perhaps even criticizing fundamentalist Islam) is a bad thing as though any criticism was based on Islamophobia. This is a problem, but I think an even bigger problem is actual Islamophobia, and there are plenty of progressives who criticize Islam relentlessly and think things that are bigoted against the religion. Not all criticisms are non-bigoted. Read more…

Maryam Namazie, Safe Spaces, and Disinvites

December 5, 2015

People tried to dis-invite Maryam Namazie, an ex-Muslim secular activist, from a talk at Warwick University, and were being disruptive during her talk. This was done in the name of ‘safe space’ (at least according to the Goldsmiths Islamic Society), in order to protect students from harassment and intimidation. The Goldsmiths Feminist Society appears to support the disruption and attempt to prevent Namazie from having her talk (because islamophobes are marginalizing people). This type of thing is a trend and it is something that we need to talk about, and there are a lot of issues involved.

Here are some of my thoughts:

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Unimpressive Superpowers

October 20, 2015

In movies/TV superpowers are made to be useful/powerful/etc., but maybe in real life we would end up with superpowers that don’t do much of anything. If we got them by mutation, we should expect them to generally be useless or worse. What useless or generally unimpressive powers could we end up with? Read more…

Some Thoughts on Shirtstorm

November 20, 2014

Matt Taylor wore a shirt on TV featuring pin up girls while talking about the Rosetta Mission. It made some people upset and somehow this has become a huge topic of conversation. A lot of men particularly seem upset that many women thought there was a problem with the shirt, and many continue to think women shouldn’t have said anything, even after I try to explain why I think the women have a point. Read more…

Adventures of the Gummi Bears is Dungeons & Dragons

September 3, 2014

gummi-cartoonDungeons & Dragons introduces us to a swords & sorcery fantasy world of a certain type, which is mainly a mixture of Lord of the Rings & Conan (which were developed separately, loosely based on mythology, and were developed around the same time). The Dungeons & Dragons game itself was developed around 1978 and is known as the first roleplaying game using various rules to constrain the possibilities, but is also quite similar to the make believe games children play together. Read more…