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I wrote a similar thing for The Freethinker a couple of weeks ago.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Padraig Reidy: We can’t allow responsibilities to come before rights
I've been trying to. It's uphill work though.
2 years, 5 months ago on White Ribbon Day – Calling for an End to Violence Against Women
Lots of people think they really are entitled to their own facts. I've met one or two. One of them bored me for half an hour on his having seen Oliver North say, during the Iran-Contra hearings, that we should watch out for al-Qaeda. I kept saying but a-Q didn't exist then, that's impossible. He kept saying no no no no, he saw it. He's very rich, so he doesn't listen to other people. I later looked it up and of course it's an urban legend, but this bozo was convinced he remembered watching it. Oy.
2 years, 5 months ago on The Trouble with Facts
No. Real hatred of women is not pathological. It's utterly commonplace, and there's a lot of it.
2 years, 5 months ago on The New Misogyny
I've never heard "misogyny" used to mean "any act or attitude that doesn’t take into account women." It means hostility to women. That's what we mean when we say it. Maybe people think it's being watered down because they don't realize how much hostility to women there is splashing around?
Well, complaining about 'women drivers' certainly can be misogynist. It's certainly sexist (even from your wife), and if it's hostile enough then yes, it's misogynist.
A great post. (And yes, I'm well aware that many of the strictures can apply to me.)
"Nobody can deny that some participants in these conversations are not honest brokers. Some are simply unreconstructed trolls, others trolls of the sly sort, mimicking critical reflection while subtly distracting – and detracting – from the real issues that others are trying to address. Another set of “others” aren’t trolls at all – and it seems to me that the community of sceptical and/or atheist activists and bloggers sometimes have a difficult time of it in distinguishing between these sorts of contributor to the debate."
Understatement of the year! We have a very difficult time of it, often an impossible time of it. I encounter this pretty much every day, often several times a day. I often just can't tell if someone's a troll, and I realize I can't tell. What to do?
The active trolls have poisoned the whole thing - deliberately, for the most part, I think - deliberately and gleefully. I've had so many trolls of such a poisonous type that I'm now hyper-vigilant. I probably get lots of false positives.
That's partly because I really don't want people who put on a deceptive veneer of civility at my place while calling me a cunt at another place. I don't want people like that making themselves at home on my blog so that they can snigger at me on other blogs - and I have certainly had people doing just that.
The unpleasant and anti-rational result is that certain kinds of dissent come under instant suspicion at my place, from commenters as well as from me. I try to keep the comments civil, but I don't always succeed.
I find this situation deeply annoying.
2 years, 8 months ago on Being Right Doesn’t Guarantee That You’re Not Wrong – By Jacques Rousseau