- Amia Srinivasan · Does anyone have the right to sex? · London Review of Books
A long read, but interesting. “The question, then, is how to dwell in the ambivalent place where we acknowledge that no one is obligated to desire anyone else, that no one has a right to be desired, but also that who is desired and who isn’t is a political question, a question usually answered by more general patterns of domination and exclusion.”
- The Media Must Stop Taking ‘Incel’ Agitprop Seriously
“The proposition that sex is ‘unequally distributed,’ which is taken for granted in all of these chin-stroking arguments, is a highly contestable claim. Being outside of hegemonic beauty norms does not inherently deny you love or sex; your place in that hierarchy instead shapes other things untethered to your actual sex life.”
- It’s 2018, and people are suddenly screaming at each other about 85-year-old comic strip character Nancy
The new “Nancy” – or at least, the strips that currently exist to be read – seems fresh and funny. I hope she can keep it up.
- State of Conflict: How a tiny protest at the U. of Nebraska turned into a proxy war for the future of campus politics
Excellent, nuanced, a bit long.
- McInnes, Molyneux, and 4chan: Investigating pathways to the alt-right | Southern Poverty Law Center
Basically they just compiled some numbers from a thread on an alt-right board about how people found the alt-right. They say something that strikes me as very foolish right at the start – “Respondents recount a transformation that takes place almost entirely online,” which seems like something that might be meaningful, but might also be just because the only people in their “sample” are people who participate in online communities – but there’s some interesting stuff here, too.
- Upstate NY farmer says ICE officers stormed his farm without a warrant, cuffed him, threw his phone | syracuse.com
- CIA Discrimination Against Disabled Officers Is Hurting the U.S.
- Why Is Charles Murray Odious? | Current Affairs
Lots of stuff here I hadn’t know, from his teenage cross-burning (he says he had no idea it could be taken as racist) to his theory that virtually no Black musicians have made notable contributions to culture.
- For Survivors of Prison Rape, Saying ‘Me Too’ Isn’t an Option – Rewire.News
Content warning for descriptions of rape.
- Emailed exchanged between Ezra Klein and Sam Harris
A bit of a train wreck, but fascinating anyhow. As Harris comments, “Judging from the response to this post on social media, my decision to publish these emails appears to have backfired.” This exchange of emails eventually led to a podcast debate, which you can read and/or listen to here.
- The Woman Who Accidentally Started the Incel Movement
“I can’t uninvent this word, nor restrict it to the nicer people who need it.”
- How White American Terrorists Are Radicalized – Pacific Standard
“When hundreds of ‘lone wolves’ are reading the same websites, talking to each other, consuming the same stories, picking up easily accessible weapons, and killing the same targets, they have become a pack.”
- She Tried To Report On Climate Change. Sinclair Told Her To Be More “Balanced.”
- Trump to cancel TPS protections for Hondurans who’ve lived in US for decades – Vox
All these folks are in the US legally.
- Teenager’s Prom Dress Stirs Furor in U.S. — but Not in China – The New York Times
Definitely one of those “I’m embarrassed for the left” moments. But also an example of how the internet makes us worse off by turning what should have been a controversy for the school paper, into a national story involving tens of thousands of people criticizing a random teen for her prom dress.
- ICE held an American man in custody for 1,273 days. He’s not the only one who had to prove his citizenship
The Obama administration deserves a great deal of blame for this.
- Sexual Assaults in Immigration Detention Centers Rarely Get Investigated, Group Charges
Content warning, obviously.
- DNA blunder creates phantom serial killer | The Independent
“The only clues that “The Woman Without a Face” left behind at 40 different crime scenes were DNA traces. These were collected on cotton swabs, supplied to the police in a number of European countries. Now police investigators have established that in all probability the DNA had not been left by their quarry but by a woman working for the German medical company supplying the swabs…”
- How the Border Patrol Faked Statistics Showing a 73 Percent Rise in Assaults Against Agents
“Tomsheck said that during his more than three decades of police work, he has never heard of any law enforcement agency multiplying assaulted officers by the perpetrators and the weapons. When I asked Franklin Zimring, a criminologist at the University of California, Berkeley and author of When Police Kill, if he’d ever heard of such a method, he burst out laughing.”
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