Author Archives: Guest Writer

Giles Coren: Garbage Human, Fatphobe and, Horrifyingly, Father (Guest Post)

[This post is by Ragen Chastain, reprinted with her permission from Dances With Fat.] Giles Coren writes a column for Esquire about fatherhood. His most recent piece is titled: “I Don’t Care What My Son Becomes… As Long As He … Continue reading

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The Absolute Basics of the US-China-Taiwan Relationship

(A post by Ben Lehman, who many of you will recognize from “Alas” comments. Reprinted from Ben’s facebook, with Ben’s kind permission. The illustration, an 1985 1865 map of China and Taiwan, was chosen by Amp.) PREAMBLE: I’m going to … Continue reading

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An obligatory Nevada WTF post

[This is a guest post , reposted from Now Face North with Lirael’s kind permission. –Amp] As I’ve mentioned before, I am a Bernie Sanders supporter! I also have some thoughts, regarding different subsets of people, about the mess in … Continue reading

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Anti-Trump protests and the free speech argument

[This is a post by occasional “Alas” comment-writer Lirael, reprinted with permission from their excellent blog NowFaceNorth. Thanks, Lirael! –Amp] There’s a lot of interesting arguments going around in the wake of the cancelled Donald Trump rally in Chicago. One … Continue reading

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No, The Washington Post-Kaiser Family Foundation Survey of Sexual Assault Is Not Bogus

This is another guest post by Carla, which originally appeared on her blog Writing in Water, and appears here with her kind permission. For more than 20 years, the idea of a crisis of sexual assault against women has been … Continue reading

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No, Surveys Do Not Use Overly Broad Definitions Of Sexual Assault

This is a guest post by Carla, which originally appeared on her blog Writing in Water, and appears here with her kind permission. A favourite tactic of critics of sexual violence surveys is to claim they inflate their results by … Continue reading

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If you want to take the first step towards a kinder, gentler, more tolerant discourse, start by putting down the “SJW” label.

(A guest post by Alexandra Erin, quoted from her comment on another person’s blog. Thanks to Alexandra for her permission, and visit her blog Blue Author Is About To Write.) Joshua, I appreciate both where this post is coming from … Continue reading

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The idea of a cure doesn’t offend me. The idea that I ought to be waiting or looking for that cure is offensive.

In another thread, Ender left this comment: I’m planning on going into neurocognitive/computational research, which has or could have medical applications (amongst many other computer technology applications). My question then is, do people that are called “disabled” or “handicapped” not … Continue reading

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What We’re Not Talking About When We Talk About Guns and Rape

[This is a guest post by freelance writer and recovering attorney Dani Alexis. Dani blogs and is rampant on Twitter.] Zerlina Maxwell made some fantastic points on Fox News and in her Ebony columns about how telling women how not … Continue reading

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“A man walks into a bar…”

[This is a guest post by Nicole Louise Melleby.] “A man walks into a bar…” Every joke can be a setup for a rape joke. When rape victims turn on their TVs, they face a strong possibility of being confronted … Continue reading

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