Getting at what Matters

Human Behavior, Politics, Social Issues

The tragic death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri should never be forgotten, especially the circumstances leading up to it. Although it has been said before, there was much more than race involved in that terrible event. These problems strike at the heart of what it is to be human. In such moments, the darkness […]

The Essence of Politics

Graphic Arts, Literature, Politics, Social Issues
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An obese woman talks to a friend about unfair medical treatment

I was very privileged to have a brief Twitter conversation with Alli Kirkham, one of the many thoughtful, talented, and concerned contributors at Everyday Feminism. It was my first visit to that site, as I had been informed of the Politically Incorrect Man comic after seeing it reviewed by the Amazing Atheist. Like most things […]

American History: Anita Hill

Politics, Social Issues
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I have absolutely no idea where I was when this scandal broke. I did not even know it existed until about five or so years ago, when Anita Hill was making yet another comeback after Clarence Thomas’s wife, Virginia, called Ms. Hill out of the blue and asked her to apologize, subsequently apologizing herself for […]

Such tenacity

Politics, Social Issues
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Masha and Nadia

I have total appreciation for Masha and Nadia’s bravery, but if they keep taunting Russia to re-incarcerate them, their country will certainly oblige them. I hope Pussy Riot’s most outspoken members consider the consequences of this. They are sure to be more productive out of jail. Even if you compared their actions to those of, […]

Ender’s Game Movie Response

Literature, Social Issues
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Even in the first few minutes, there is a lot that I’m very pleased with. The book was indeed rather vague on the origin of the Formics, more derisively known as Buggers (one of a handful of instances in the book where homosexuality is tangentially derided). The majority of the story is essentially preparation for […]

Open letter to Anita Sarkeesian

Gaming, Social Issues
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First Damsel in Distress Video Second Video | Third Video Thunderf00t’s response Part 2 | Another non-sexist anti-trolling rebuttal | A very thorough critique of Sarkeesian’s conclusions Oh man, you stirred up quite the hornet’s nest. Say, it’s no good that you’ve been harassed, but you should *absolutely* respond to thoughtful critiques of your work. […]

The Infallible

Religion, Social Issues

The Pope’s recent words about his view on homosexuality were, as always, confusing. He attempts to be inclusive by saying that he is not the one to judge anyone who identifies as gay. The message from the Catholic Church is to condemn the acts of homosexuality but not the person, very much like the “hate […]

A Required Romp

Politics, Social Issues
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Scalia’s opinions are always a good time. They are laugh-out-loud hilarious and a fun educational experience for the whole family. I mean that with all seriousness. His dissent in the United States v. Windsor case, which looked at the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act, was a very abrasive and clear-cut rebuttal to the […]

Anne probably would have been a Belieber

Literature, Social Issues
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This is my very belated reaction to Justin Beiber’s comment in the Anne Frank Museum guestbook: Truly inspiring to be able to come here. Anne was a great girl. Hopefully she would have been a belieber. – Justin Bieber I wanted to share some thoughts on a BBC article that featured some responses, several of […]

What I have to say about Anne Frank (so far)

Literature, Social Issues
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Anne was my kind of woman. Reading her diary will result in having a crush on this girl. She had me at the “Quack, Quack, Quack, said Mistress Chatterback” assignment. She was the very definition of an astute and vibrant young intellectual. You could easily call her “bright”, but I’d try to go further. She […]