The pendulum swings wildly between radical extremes in the abortion debate but there is a middle ground. Looking at the issue from an empirical anthropological and negative utilitarian ethics perspective (the more modest and pragmatic goal of lessening suffering not increasing happiness) helps us begin to parse the variables. From this standpoint, early, safe, medical … Continue reading Jelly Babies: On Morals, Ethics and Abortion.
MP’s report on sexual harassment in schools ignores evidence of female intrasexual competition
I had to rattle this off quickly as a counter-point to the media frenzy today about this report. Apologies for typos - there will be many! Toxic masculinity or female intrasexual competition? "MPs seek better plan to fight school sexual harassment Sexual harassment and abuse of girls are too often accepted as part of daily … Continue reading MP’s report on sexual harassment in schools ignores evidence of female intrasexual competition
A few articles and op.eds on other sites not suitable for DGS International Women’s Day 2016: What women who don't identify as feminists have to say Published in Indy Voices. The Independent. Monday March 7th. 2016 The Quality of Social Justice Mercy: The Florida shooting Published on Bombs and Dollars, June 13th 2016 Is racism … Continue reading Other writings
When is a feminist not a feminist?
This essay was first published as "When is a Feminist Not a Feminist" as a guest blog on Lee Jussim’s Psychology Today Rabble Rowser blog here. Updated 13/9/17. “Feminism: The advocacy of women’s rights on the grounds of the equality of the sexes.” “Egalitarianism: The doctrine that all people are equal and deserve equal rights and … Continue reading When is a feminist not a feminist?
Darwinian Gender Studies: Unpoisoning the well
If any man could draw up a comprehensive, infallible guide to navigating this treacherous territory, we would certainly erect a statue to his everlasting memory. There is a Twitter account dedicated to exploring and enumerating precisely the distinctions and differences between the acceptably erotic and the intolerably sexist. It's called @SexyIsntSexist. It is, of course, … Continue reading Darwinian Gender Studies: Unpoisoning the well
#GamerGate: The Players and the Played
The #GamerGate controversy reached a new high (or low depending on your perspective) recently when one of its main protagonists, the radical feminist and cultural critic, Anita Sarkeesian, was featured on the front page of the New York Times. Ironically, in view of the focus of her criticism about passive female characterization in video games, she herself … Continue reading #GamerGate: The Players and the Played