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3 reasons people get mad when you say “I don’t see race”

test for colorblindness
If you have used the phrase "I don't see race!" on the internet, there is a good chance someone has either yelled at you or made fun of you. This might be confusing for you. Isn't it a good thing? Doesn't it mean that race doesn't matter to you, and you treat everyone equally? Here you are, explaining to people how non-racist you are, and people bitch at you. What gives? With racism being a big topic in the news lately, I've seen more people than usual online saying "I don't see race!" and then getting confused and offended when the reaction is... well, less than congratulatory. It's time to actually explain why people don't hear "I don't see race" as the sparkling attestation of open-mindedness that you intend it to be.
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Boxers and flirting got my friend kicked out of school: the conundrum of sexual harassment

Boxers
A friend of mine in college was accused of sexual harassment. Let's call him Mike (that's not his real name). Mike was six foot three, with a lean well-defined muscular body. Athletic and fit without being bulky, like a runner or a swimmer. He had tanned skin, shoulder-length shaggy hair, and a boyish face that radiated innocence and charm. He constantly smelled of patchouli, and wrote poetry in a little notebook. He was also hyper-sexual. He slept with a lot of women, and flirted with everyone. This is a story about how his sexuality and flirting got him into trouble, and lead to him sexually harassing a woman without even realizing it.
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A personal view on celebrating Thanksgiving as an atheist

Secular Atheist Thanksgiving
I've always loved "The Holidays" in America: that period of time from Thanksgiving through New Years when people unironically listen to cliche music, eat food that is considered "seasonal" even though it's available year-round, and randomly decorate the crap out of every inanimate object in sight. Personally, I choose to celebrate Thanksgiving in the spirit that our modern culture intends it: a time to reflect on my good fortune. So this is a collection of some of my thoughts this morning about what I feel it means to be a secular atheist who enjoys celebrating Thanksgiving.
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Here is why “check your privilege” has to die.

Robot Hugs explanation of privilege
The website Robot Hugs has published a touching and thoughtful comic explaining what privilege is, why people should be aware of it, and how to be sensitive about your own privilege when interacting with other people. But the comic reveals something else as well. Challenging people with the phrase "check your privilege!" isn't just being strident and bullying; it actively works against the philosophy that it espouses. As a rhetorical strategy, it is worse than useless: it completely undermines the world-view from which is has supposedly emerged. It is essentially advising people to be courteous and polite in the least courteous and polite way imaginable.
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Why I am not against military drones

A predator drone firing missiles.
I'm against war, but I am not against military drones. Why not? Because when I hear other people explain why they are against military drones, I find none of the arguments convincing. So here I will go through four specific arguments I hear from people when they try to tell me why they are against military drones, and I will explain why those arguments are stupid and wrong. When I'm done, I think you won't be against military drones, either.
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Republicans won back the Senate because Obama is black. True or false?

Is Obama's race to blame for the Republican victories in 2014?
Jimmy Williams, Executive Editor of Blue Nation Review, said on MSNBC last night that if we did not have an African-American president, Democrats would have done better in the midterm elections. Of course, conservative pundits have been all over this quote, and have paraphrased it in a number of ways, including things like "Democrats BLAME the election on Obama's race!" and "Democrats say the ONLY REASON Republicans won is Obama's race!" Are these fair characterizations of what Williams said? Before you dive in and decide whether you agree or disagree with any of these statements, it's worth looking at what they really mean.
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I’m anti-feminist, if by “feminist” you mean…

Angry Feminist
My good friend and colleague Milo Yiannopoulos said in an interview about his views on GamerGate: "I'm anti-feminist, if by 'feminist' you mean shrieking misandrists." He is not alone in his perception of feminism. Many people see feminists as hyperbolic mean-spirited angry people who think all flirtation is sexual harassment and all sex with men is rape. This common perception has prompted backlash movements, and lead to celebrity after celebrity separating herself from the term "feminist." Part of the problem is the strategies that many feminists use to convey their message, with the video "10 hours of walking in NYC as a woman" being a particularly potent recent example. For feminism to make progress, it needs to acknowledge why videos like this one do not resonate positively with the vast majority of people who watch it.
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