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ActivismEducationLawPolitics / ActivismScienceSkepticism

Retort and Riposte: More Grad School Stuff

So for those of you who missed the earlier exchange Dan and I have been having a bit of a back-and-forth RE: the state of graduate education. I broke the topic with an article on the Duke Collective, a group of students who had resorted to wage sharing to help …

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Politics / Activism

Lowered Expectations + Vague Statements = Person of the Year

By now you’ve heard that the Advocate has named Pope Francis its person of the year. In perhaps one of the most cringingly apologetic and sycophantic pieces published about the Supreme Pontiff, Lucas Grindley reaches to draw the barest scraps of meaning out of the most innocuous of statements. In …

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James Croft
AtheismIntersectionalityPolitics / Activism

Just Make It Go Away

[TW: Homophobia, transphobia, general religious right bullshit] A couple of days ago, Sigfried Gold wrote a piece in the Washington Post’s On Faith blog asserting, among other things, that James Croft was insufficiently kind to conservative Christians. Croft, being the astoundingly kind and compassionate person that he is, responded with …

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ActivismBullyingCissexismDiscriminationGenderMedia Portrayals of LGBTMeta StuffSocial MediaTransgender

Andrea James Writes Problematic Article on BoingBoing And Why You Should Care

First of all this article is purely a criticism of another article found here. You can read the entire thing in its disgusting glory and come back here. Ill wait.  Parts of the article will be quoted and will be placed in quotation marks and italicized for reader clarity.     …

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Respect For Gender Identity Is Not A Reward.

lately I have noticed on facebook, twitter and other social media that some cis and transgender people have come to the idea that if they don’t like a particular trans person, they can choose to not respect that person’s gender identity as an attack on them.   This is at …

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ActivismCissexismDiscriminationGenderLawMedia Portrayals of LGBTPolitics / ActivismTransgender

Guest Post: Will Chelsea Manning Get People Talking About Trans* Issues?

The following post is a guest post from Marci. Marci is a 23-year-old transgender woman from the UK who creates music, is an equality activist, runs a support group, and a gammer in her free time. She can be found on Twitter @MarciHawkins. If you had asked a trans* person …

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Persecution Should Empathize With Other Persecution

A couple of weeks ago, Bob Chipman had an excellent video on The Escapist about the rise of geek culture and how its journey into the mainstream has increased a very specific set of negative traits that always existed but are often mythologized away. It was always an open secret, …

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Random AsidesSkepticism

The Zimmerman Verdict

I’ve seen a lot of people on my facebook feed saying that we have no way of knowing whether racial bias influenced the Zimmerman “not guilty verdict.” I don’t think it’s a coincidence that, although most of the white people on my friends’ list are outraged at the verdict, all …

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