Fighting Sparks with a Blaze

One of the interesting things about humanity is how easily we’re knocked off the high road. You can know a thing is wrong, know why it’s wrong, and still do it anyway, kinda just ’cause you want to. People are – or often can be – really bad at seeing the bigger picture. I’m thinking…

Not QUITE Following the Reasoning in Bourke v. Beshear

As you may or may not have heard, a federal judge for the Western District of Kentucky has decided that Kentucky – which has a state constitutional ban on same-sex marriage – may not refuse to recognize same-sex marriages performed out of state. So, if Kentucky recognizes a marriage license from, say, New York, it…

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…

A Bad Proxy Misused

There’s a certain amount of buzz on the (feminist) internets recently about a CPS* report out of the UK which purports to show that false rape accusations are vanishingly rare. Now, that would be great news if it were true – but I’ve just had a read through the report and I think a lot…

The Depressing Irony of Windsor

My most- and least-favorite part of the commentary on United States v. Windsor has been this strain of people who, perhaps sensing that their fun is ending, are taking any and every opportunity to call people who don’t share their enthusiasm “bigots.” Two prominent examples are PZ Myers and John Scalzi. Myers: Sorry, Republicans, you…