Category Archives: Civility & norms of discourse

Brief note on Gal Gadot’s Zionism and the Wonder Woman movie

I don’t care about Gal Godot’s military service or her political views. If Wonder Woman is a good movie, then it’s a good movie. I don’t want a society in which we automatically boycott people because they’ve taken the other … Continue reading

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Cartoon: How Free Speech Was Saved

My new cartoon on Everyday Feminism! Please go check it out. Some comments about this cartoon (originally posted on my Patreon page). The modern “alt-right” – those conservatives who are now, among other things, running Donald Trump’s presidential campaign – … Continue reading

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Cartoon: The One Thing We Can All Agree On

(I actually created this cartoon months ago, but apparently forgot to post it outside of my Patreon!) Transcript of cartoon: Two people – a woman and a man – are arguing on a sidewalk. The woman has long curly black … Continue reading

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I Stand By Irene Gallo

“Nielsen-Haydens, your fellow travelers, and media goombahs . . . I MOCK YOU! I MOCK YOUR ASININE INCESTUOUS CLUSTERFUCKED LITTLE CULTURE OF DOCTRINAIRE PROGRESSOSEXUAL MEDIOCRITY MASKED AS SUPERIORITY! You are all dolts. You are moral and physical cowards. You are … Continue reading

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Cartoon: Gay Bullies

I got paid to make this cartoon because of my Patreon supporters. Thanks, patrons! Transcript of cartoon Panel 1 There are two women talking. One has streaks dyed in her hair; the other has black hair. STREAKS: We can’t talk … 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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Lurid Yet Statistically Rare Stories, and, Ronald Reagan’s Cadillac Welfare Queen

Ozy writes: “can we just all collectively rise above our animal natures and be better people and not signal boost lurid yet statistically rare stories that fuck with everyone’s availability heuristics, particularly when these stories are about the evil of … Continue reading

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As an Alternative to Sea Lions …

I would like to humbly propose ‘ant swarms.’ Comic courtesy Robot Hugs, whose other comics are similarly fantastic.

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Lindy West gets an apology from one of her nastiest trolls

I enjoyed this episode of This American Life. Just pointing it out for anyone interested in the same issues. Lindy’s troll, by the way, was motivated by a combination of misogyny and internalized fat self-hatred; he at the time was … Continue reading

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Chait Criticizes Exactly The Kind Of Speech We Should Want More Of

Jonathan Chait’s attack against “Political Correctness” is the talk of the interwebs. He mixes a few examples of genuinely bad, but also rare and unrepresentative, anti-speech efforts (MacKinnon in 1992 (!), a student whose anti-feminist article led to his apartment … Continue reading

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