Category Archives: Social justice

“Men have the power to stop online harrassment” — but do we really? And how?

Another instance has arisen of a female geek receiving threats and harrassment in response to criticism she’s made.  This time, the target was Janelle Asselin, after critiquing the cover of the Teen Titans relaunch.  Dr. Nerdlove has written up a … Continue reading

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What World of Warcraft and a year-old hashtag meme can tell us about feminism’s PR problem

I’ve been thinking further about my last post.  In particular, I’ve been thinking about how it relates to the #sorryfeminists hashtag meme from a year ago. Yeah, sometimes I don’t understand how my brain works, either, but hear me out.

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World of Warcraft, Street Harrassment, and Depicting vs. Condoning

[Thanks to Misanthropology 101 for first bringing this topic to my attention.] World of Warcraft landed itself in some minor controversy yesterday. Some of the idle NPC dialogue in their latest patch features two male orcs discussing the attractiveness of … Continue reading

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A Vehement Rant Regarding Gawker’s Tom Scocca on the Subject of Racial Equality

[WARNING: The following is a rant.  It contains foul language, strong opinions about serious issues, and possibly even run-on sentences.  Reader discretion is advised.] I just had the poor judgement to read a pile of vomit-covered feces-covered vomit masquerading as … Continue reading

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Name-blind hiring could easily reduce hiring discrimination, and for some reason we aren’t using it

Here’s a study that I don’t think gets enough press.  To simplify a bit, in the early 2000’s a group of researchers at the University of Chicago and MIT sent out a bunch of identical resumes, some with the names … Continue reading

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The Trouble with “Privilege”

Q: “How many social justice advocates does it take to change a light bulb?” A: “The advancement of Illuminism is a long-term and complex project involving challenging societal notions of shade privilege and dismantling instruments of the Darkarchy.  However, the … Continue reading

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Want to end the rape epidemic? Let’s talk about misandry. No, seriously.

[NOTE: the following was written in March 2013] So, the Steubenville rape case. The actions of the perpetrators were horrific and deserve condemnation. The victim is in no way to blame. Pretty much every major news network reporting on this … Continue reading

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