Category Archives: Intarweebz Drama

Problematic entertainment: Game of Thrones edition

Warning: The below piece includes discussion of sexual assault, as well as spoilers for the current seasons of Vikings and Game of Thrones, and mild spoilers for GoT’s source books. If you’re a fan of Game of Thrones and saw last night’s … Continue reading

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Boston

Not enough time at the moment to write a lot about this, but a couple of points: 1. There’s a certain painful humor in watching racists falling all over themselves to blame the people they think of as enemies. The … Continue reading

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Identity: politics

Finally climbing down off of six weeks on plague mountain, and can think a little again, so I may be posting here a bit more in the near future. Woop! Getting the gears spinning today: some thoughts on identity, and how it shapes … Continue reading

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Essentialism follies: class edition

Am currently embroiled in a bit of a debate elsewhere about declining standards in language education being a bellwether for declining education in general (and the subsequent serious social ills that come along with that.) As usual, I’m getting blowback … Continue reading

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Proportionate response: sexism edition

Having a bit of deja vu this week that calls back to the Benedict Cumberbatch thing, and the fact that we hold famous people to dichotomous standards: simultaneously worshiping/defending them from reasonable criticism and tearing them to absolute bits when … Continue reading

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How women contribute to sexism: nutshell edition

From this fantastic piece talking about a current firestorm of sexism in the atheist community: But women aren’t raised in a culture that tells them they’re entitled to attention from men. We’re told instead that we have to earn it. And … Continue reading

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Saints and sinners

It apparently bears reiterating: celebrities are human beings, and should be treated accordingly. Those who behave well should be lauded and those who behave badly should be rebuked. Simple, right? Unfortunately, the nature of celebrity means that both of those reactions … Continue reading

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Addendum re: privilege and the abuse thereof

Something that today’s geek sexism thing has brought up: it’s kind of astonishing, if not surprising, how so many people who abuse their privileges think that being called out on that is a complaint about their privilege, rather than the … Continue reading

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Fun and games with Straight White Males: Class discrimination edition.

Looks like Scalzi’s post on Straight White Males got linked basically everywhere and garnered 800 comments before he closed. The thread was devolving, so it’s probably for the best, though I was finding his increasingly creative smackdowns amusing. Doing a … Continue reading

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Life as an MMO

Loved this bit from John Scalzi about how Straight White Males are playing the game of life at its easiest setting (a much more sensible and less-loaded metaphor than the idea of privilege–though you’d never know it from looking at the … Continue reading

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