Cleverly Named Bunch o’ Links: Sexism Edition

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We Have a Rape Gif Problem and Gawker Media Won’t Do Anything About It. Gawker needs to do a better job of taking care of its writers.

Some Insurers Refuse To Cover Contraceptives, Despite Health Law Requirement. Wow, I totally did not expect this to ever happen.

The sexist crusade to destroy game developer Zoe Quinn. An unsurprising number of gamers are sexist asshats.

Listen Up, Ladies: Here’s Everything Real Men Think Is Wrong With You. Lindy West is awesome. That is all.

Extraordinary Claims Require Extraordinary Evidence – Except in Rape Claims? People insist on treating false rape claims like they’re just as likely as true rape claims. This is wrong.

No, That’s Eugenics. In other news, Richard Dawkins continues to be a terrible person.

Why the Myers-Briggs test is totally meaningless. Turns out there’s almost no science behind the Myers-Briggs.

Flipping the Social Justice Script. Anti-SJ people like to steal and misuse SJ terminology, even as they argue against it.

“Why did you shoot me? I was reading a book”: The new warrior cop is out of control. Police aggression is rapidly escalating, to the detriment of all of us.

Three Congressmen Are Using Red Tape to Bind SpaceX to Earth. Politicians being greedy. Color me surprised.

Cleverly Named Bunch o’ Links: Ferguson Edition

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This post is going up today, because as you may have read, I spent yesterday moving. The entirety of this Bunch o’ Links is devoted to articles published in the last week about, or related to, the events in Ferguson.

[TW on all these links: Violence, Racism, Death, Police Brutality]

Ferguson Proves Every Black Person in America is a Target. Various thoughts on Ferguson.

America Is Not For Black People. All too often, black people don’t get access to the rights and freedoms that white people enjoy.

Why are Ferguson cops so completely out of control? With all the right-wing paranoia about a black uprising, it can be hard not to react violently to black people protesting.

Don’t Give Special Rights To Anybody! Oh, Except Cops. That’s Cool. Police get far more protections from the law than ordinary citizens.

In defense of black rage: Michael Brown, police and the American dream. Stop focusing on the looting in Ferguson when you should be focusing on the fact that a police officer murdered a teenager.

It is still murder! Even if Mike Brown robbed a convenience store, killing him was still murder.

I Don’t Know How to Talk to White People About Ferguson. To white people, Ferguson is another in a long line of tragedies. To black people, it’s personal.

State Senator To Ferguson Police: ‘Will I Get Tear-Gassed Again?’ Ferguson police are out of touch and out of control.

Ferguson Is 60 Percent Black. Virtually All Its Cops Are White. How can police be trusted to protect a community they don’t represent?

The Day Ferguson Cops Were Caught in a Bloody Lie. Cops in Ferguson have a long history of covering up violence against black people.

Examining the Word Choice of Print Media in the Wake of Ferguson. News outlets frequently frame coverage of Ferguson, and of black people’s lives in general, in biased and problematic ways.

Moving

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I’ve done this over a dozen times. By now, it’s almost routine. I have a piece of paper that lists all of my possessions, and I check off each one as it goes into a box. The boxes are different sizes (and some of them are suitcases) so I keep track of which things go in which box, to fit things in the smallest space. All my clothes fit in two bags and a suitcase. All of my books fit in two boxes. My school supplies go in one box, my juggling equipment in another, and my electronics in a third. All the boxes fit into the trunk of my parents’ car, and tomorrow (today, actually, because I’m publishing this the day after I wrote it) I’ll drive six hundred miles to my new apartment.

I do this a couple of times every year, when I move to or from college. I live with my parents during the summer, and visit them over breaks. Every few months, I make that six hundred mile journey, usually with a couple of bags and my laptop. But at the beginning and end of the school year, I make that trip with nearly everything I own. One of the perils of not having a permanent residence, I guess.

You’d think I would be able to take it in stride. After all, I’ve done this more times than most people, and I’m really good at it. I’d go so far as to say that packing all my things, stuffing them into a car, and driving for hundreds of miles is a skill that I possess.

And yet I’m nervous. For some reason, moving always makes some small part of me completely terrified. It tells me that there’s a hundred things that could go wrong. I could forget something important, or the car could break down, or something valuable might break in the move, or or or. At home, I can always turn to my parents for help or advice, along with home cooked meals and fewer responsibilities. Six hundred miles away, I don’t have that luxury.

That’s really what I’m afraid of, I think. Part of me is worried that I don’t know how to take care of myself. I’ve only been doing it for a few years (only) so I don’t have the wealth of experience that I assume other people have. Living on my own means venturing into the unknown, without any sort of safety net.

“What if you screw up?” says that little voice in my head. “What if you do something wrong, and you die, or you explode something, or you get stranded twenty miles away from your apartment because you missed the last bus? It would be so much easier if you never left home, and you lived with your parents for the rest of your life. They can take care of you forever, and you never have to worry about anything ever again!”

Adulting is scary. I’m not sure I’ll ever be totally used to being on my own and doing things for myself. I do know, rationally, that moving across the country to go to college is much better than staying with my parents, but it’s hard sometimes to convince myself of that. Still, I spent the last few days packing up my life and putting it in a trunk, because I know I have to, whether all of me likes it or not.

This is how you know the system is broken

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[TW: Violence, Death, Police Brutality, Racism]

This is how you know the system is broken: When police can execute unarmed black teenagers in the street with impunity. When innocence or guilt is irrelevant, and the only thing that matters is what the cop can get away with.

This is how you know the system is broken: When white men can enter stores carrying fully loaded assault rifles and nobody bats an eye, but an unarmed black teenager looks at a cop the wrong way and is shot to death.

This is how you know the system is broken: When police form an army, wielding M16s, tanks, and dogs, to intimidate a group of mourners and peaceful protesters.

This is how you know the system is broken: When the media call a peaceful protest a “mob” and invent hostile mob chants like “kill the police” which were never spoken, and which they don’t bother to fact-check because they like the narrative.

This is how you know the system is broken: When the media report police statements as fact, do not fact-check them, and do not report contradicting statements from witnesses.

This is how you know the system is broken: When the media refuse to even mention the oppressive tactics the police use to intimidate protesters and destroy incriminating evidence.

This is how you know the system is broken: When the police department is investigated by another police department, which will invariably fail to find any hint of the systemic issues that lead to officers murdering teenagers in cold blood.

This is how you know the system is broken: When the officer that murdered an innocent teenager is given a paid vacation administrative leave, and will probably suffer no serious consequences for his behavior.

This is how you know the system is broken: Because instead of investigating the police officer that murdered a teenager, media and others will comb through the life of the victim to find some way to justify his death.

This is how you know the system is broken: Because this wasn’t the first time the police murdered a black person this week. Because a black man is murdered by police or vigilantes every 28 hours. Because black people make up almost half of all prisoners, despite not committing crimes at higher rates. Because black boys are seen as inherently more suspicious than whites. Because the school-to-prison pipeline begins in preschool.

This is how you know the system is broken: When black parents fear for the lives of their children, and tell them not to trust the cops. Because that fear is validated every single day. Because every day in this country, black people are murdered by police who are just doing their jobs.

The system is broken. The system will remain broken unless and until we change it.

No justice. No peace.

Cleverly Named Bunch o’ Links: Religion and Science Edition

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Much of this week’s Bunch o’ Links is devoted to a debate between Libby Anne of Love, Joy, Feminism, and Kaveh Mousavi of On The Margin of Error, on the question of whether progressive religious beliefs are compatible with belief in evolution, science, and progressive ideals in general. Libby Anne argues the affirmative, while Kaveh argues the negative. It would probably come as no surprise that I pretty strongly agree with Libby Anne here, in fact I echoed some of her points (although not as well) about a year ago in this post. I’m planning on writing another post about this sometime in the next week, but for now, enjoy the debate.

Why You Can’t Reconcile God and Evolution. This post by Greta Christina is what originally sparked the debate.

In Defense of Theistic Evolution. Libby Anne responds to Greta.

The Intellectual Mandate to Criticize Progressive Theism: A Response to Libby Anne’s Article. Kaveh picks up where Greta left off.

Opposing Beliefs That Cause Harm. In the first of her two-part response, Libby Anne discusses the fundamental differences between her and Kaveh’s priorities.

In Defense of Progressive Religion. In Libby Anne’s second post, she elaborates further on why she doesn’t see a conflict between progressive religious beliefs and acceptance of evolution.

On Harm, Truth, and Hegemonies: Another Response to Libby Anne. Kaveh replies to the first post in Libby Anne’s two-part response. And this is where the debate is at  currently.

Harassment. [TW; Depictions of Street Harassment] An awesome comic about street harassment.

Why the Myers-Briggs test is totally meaningless. It’s unscientific, it doesn’t work, and people waste millions of dollars a year on it.

Spark. An awesome superhero comic about a nine-year-old girl with telekinesis. Check it out!

A Critical Analysis Of Brian Dunning’s Explanation. It’s quite a surprise that the man convicted of fraud decides to lie and misrepresent the facts in order to convince people he’s innocent.

The Case Against Cards Against Humanity: Is Max Temkin a Horrible Person? (Does It Matter?) [TW: Trivializing Rape, Harassment] This article makes a lot of excellent criticisms of Cards Against Humanity.

The Kids Were Always Alright: Breaking the Spell of Ageless Ageism. Please stop blaming everything on young people.

Richard Dawkins: Atheism’s asset or liability? [TW: Trivializing Rape, Harassment] Does Dawkins do more to help or hurt the cause of atheism? Personally, I think the latter.

Good-bye Dear Muslima. Dawkins admits he’s wrong about something. Clearly the world is coming to an end.

I Am Out Of Fucks To Give About Teenage Girls. [TW: Sexism, Ageism] Many people treat everything that teenage girls are interested in as awful. This is both sexist and ageist.

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