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Entries Tagged as 'Sexual Politics'

Harrassment, Racism, & “Harmless Torturers”

October 30th, 2014 · 47 Comments

One of the more useful thought experiments I’ve encountered in philosophy, because it seems to apply to so many situations, is Derek Parfit’s “Harmless Torturers,” from his celebrated book Reasons and Persons: The Harmless Torturers. In the Bad Old Days, each torturer inflicted severe pain on one victim. Things have now changed. Each of the […]

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Tags: Art & Culture · Language and Literature · Sexual Politics · Sociology

Discriminating Between Discriminations

February 27th, 2014 · 95 Comments

Like most of my friends, I think Arizona governor Jan Brewer was probably right to veto SB 1062, which as Reason‘s J.D. Tucille writes, was less a “blow against big government” than a “homophobic stunt” designed to signal official approval of anti-gay animus, while creating a special class of associational rights for people who justify […]

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Tags: Sexual Politics · Sociology

Why Not Contraception Stamps?

December 3rd, 2013 · 15 Comments

Like all wealthy countries, the United States has made a policy commitment to ensuring that everyone, regardless of  income level, has access to enough food to sustain their health. One way we could make good on that commitment is by a system of compulsory food insurance: Everyone pays in, either via plans purchased on the […]

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Tags: Markets · Sexual Politics

Why We Need (Openly) Gay Muppets

August 12th, 2011 · 65 Comments

The makers of Sesame Street released the following message today, in response to a Facebook petition that had called for Bert and Ernie to finally come out and get married: Bert and Ernie are best friends. They were created to teach preschoolers that people can be good friends with those who are very different from […]

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Tags: Art & Culture · Journalism & the Media · Sexual Politics

Are There Any Genuine Ex-Gays?

July 29th, 2011 · 20 Comments

So, I’m as amused as anyone when the umpteenth “ex-gay” evangelist is spotted leaving a leather bar after another triumphant speech about how Jesus magicked away their sinful homosexual feelings. I’m as incredulous as anyone at folks who insist that homosexuality is a “choice,” seemingly without ever having paused to ask themselves when they “chose” […]

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Tags: Sexual Politics

A Couple Thoughts on Weiner

June 8th, 2011 · 16 Comments

I’m inclined to agree with Amanda Marcotte that the media feeding frenzy over Anthony Weiner’s extramarital sexting and online flirtation is unsettling insofar as it seems to abandon any pretense that some public nexus—lawbreaking, misuse of public authority, or at the very least a clear conflict with an official’s avowed political positions—is necessary to make […]

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Tags: Sexual Politics

War is Peace, Equality is Discrimination

November 22nd, 2010 · 10 Comments

One of the more noxious and predictable genres of social conservative screed takes the form of whining that the only discrimination we really need to worry about is the failure to make special accommodation for the sensibilities of bigots. Perhaps the ideal form of this particular whine was served up at the American Spectator yesterday: […]

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Tags: Religion · Sexual Politics

The Curious Incident at the American Spectator

April 13th, 2010 · 31 Comments

If you’ve ever wondered what a lobotomy in print form looks like, search no further than this tedious, rambling piece in The American Spectator by Daniel Oliver. The author strokes his chin, at great length, over the question of why, in all The New York Times‘ recent reporting on sexual abuse by priests, “the word […]

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Tags: Religion · Science · Sexual Politics

Dumb Opinions are Criminalized! Let’s Party!

March 16th, 2010 · 5 Comments

A few years back, during his candidacy for the presidency of South Africa, Jacob Zuma was accused of rape by a longstanding family friend. I don’t know enough about the case to say anything about the legitimacy of the verdict—contemporary reporting depicts disgusting vilification of the accuser and support of the politically powerful accused—but Zuma […]

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Tags: Law · Sexual Politics

Conservatives for School Bullying?

October 16th, 2009 · 16 Comments

Via Andrew, I see that conservative news outlets haven’t been even a little shamed by the serial exposure of previous slanders against “safe schools czar” Kevin Jennings.  The Washington Times‘ editorial bashing Jennings for penning the foreword to Queering Elementary Education isn’t just stupid and offensive, as you’d expect; it’s downright bizarre. As you would […]

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Tags: Sexual Politics