Browsing All posts tagged under »Feminism«

The Fallacy of Comparative Justice

June 12, 2012


The identification of logical fallacies is a really clever philosophical innovation, because it catalogues all the most common bad arguments, so that they do not need to be exhaustively refuted every time they crop up. is a great example of how this concept can be put to good use. Unfortunately, however, this concept has thus far […]

Pro-Life rhetoric demeans us all.

April 27, 2012


I’ve avoided the abortion issue thus far for a few reasons. Firstly, the recent prominent political debates around abortion in Canada have centred around local questions of access which, while incredibly important, deal primarily with finicky policy issues that I don’t know very much about. The much more important reason for my silence on the issue is […]

10 Responses to the phrase ‘Man Up’

February 10, 2012


This is exactly the kind of aggressive, passionate and well thought-out response we need to start giving to traditional masculinity and those small-minded people who might try to force it on us. If I had a tenth of this guy’s talent with the language, I’d be trying to do the same kind of thing. We […]

Utilitarian Etiquette, or a Beginner’s Guide to Basic Common Decency.

February 8, 2012


Penn Jillette is having a row with Jenn McCreight over the word ‘cunt’. Jillette made a facebook comment on an article he didn’t like, calling the author a ‘talentless cunt’. McCreight did a pretty good job calling him out on it, which ignited a massive flamewar in her article’s comment thread, prompting her to write a second […]

An Open Letter to the Men’s Rights Movement

January 14, 2012


Dear men’s rights activists, I have to preface this by saying that I consider myself one of you. Unfortunately, I suspect that a number of you might not agree with my self-identification as a men’s rights activist, because of another important self-identification: I am also a feminist.  I know that this may seem incoherent and even offensive […]

The Opposite of Masculinity

December 20, 2011


Living and studying in another country among other international students from all over the world has a peculiar effect on your self-image. In Canada, my identity includes a number of descriptors including nerd, feminist, beer lover, academic, and procrastinator. Those same descriptors apply in Edinburgh, but I must also include another one: Canadian. I remain […]

How I Became a Feminist

November 15, 2011


There’s one more thing I want to say about the horrible cesspool of sexual harassment, rape jokes and other forms of women’s marginalization that exist on the internet: Please keep calling it out. I am, of course, a member of the half of the human race which is least qualified to explain why this is […]