Talk About How to Include Instead

Patricia Marino has a thoughtful essay on the limits of campus speech that I think is worth reading less because of the questions it raises – which mostly have pretty easy answers from my point of view – and more because it unintentionally points to all the attitudes we have to change to reclaim the…

Good Naked and Bad Naked BRAINS

Are we allowed to talk about innate cognitive gender differences yet? The reason I ask is that Lisa Kudrow thinks gay men have biologically superior brains to everyone else. She thinks this becuse her extensive experience as a neuroscientist showed her convincing proof that they have denser corpus callosums(eses) than straight men, and also, to…

Heinlein’s Latter-Day Hugo

There’s a revealing discussion on MetaFilter about John C. Wright’s contention that Heinlein could not win a Hugo Award today. Point of reference – he won four Hugos for best novel in his lifetime and three additional retroactive best novel Hugos for works that were published before the Hugo came into existence. So, Heinlein certainly…

An Unintentional Two-Pronged Approach

You know what’s more frustrating than a willful distortion of a feature? A complaint about that distortion that distorts the distortion. Alright, let’s start at the begining. There was this article in the New York Times called Stepping Up to Stop Sexual Assault which is, by and large, about men can prevent sexual assault on…

It’s Not Funny ‘Cause I’m a Woman

Apparently at a roast of James Franco recently, Sarah Silverman got her feelings hurt when people made jokes about her age, and Maureen Dowd thinks this is a political issue. Read the whole thing here. Silverman told Bell that “as soon as a woman gets to an age where she has opinions and she’s vital…

Atheists are the new Gays

Surfing (do people still know that term?) around the internet yesterday, I landed on a Paul Elam page complaining about Free Thought Blogs – and of course I’m completely sympathetic. The more I read by PZ Myers, the more ridiculous he seems to me. Anyway, it occurs to me in this connection that atheists are…

Stereotypes Built My Hot Rod

Hey, look, yet another example another time again already of gratuitously bashing the South in the name of equality. The link goes to an article on elitedaily.com (which seems to have some genuinely funny stuff) about The University of Alabama photoshopping a black head onto what would appear to be a white body (the hands…

Nice to See in Print

Well it’s about time. The link goes to an article (in Slate, no less!) called "College Women: Stop Getting Drunk" which argues that – brace yourself for this radical concept – getting drunk at parties greatly increases your chances of becoming a victim of sexual assault. And the best part? It’s written by a feminist!…