the positive aspects of sex negativity

I thought this passage of Theo Hobson’s was awesome. What’s wrong with celebrating the pleasure of sex, the excitement of it? Such celebration shares in the dishonesty of pornography. It lacks proper context. It forgets to say that this activity is as serious as life itself. By isolating it from the rest of life, it…

how to dance in a warehouse

Last night I watched How to Dance in Ohio. For this post, I’m going to watch it again and write a running commentary. I recommend watching the movie and not sharing the politics of the movie. I think it’s telling that the Aspen Institute had a panel discussion about the movie with the head of…

like just this ocean of wrongness that washes over me

Mel Baggs has done the world a favor by writing a comprehensive explanation of what’s wrong with the “Reading the Mind in the Eyes” and the Sally-Anne Test, i.e., the reason we’re told autistic people lack empathy, theory of mind, the ability to read body language, etc. Stylistically, I did notice that it’s very long,…

empathy and willful liberal blindness to racism

Liberals, progressives, the readers of Mother Jones, are often useless to me as “allies” because they can’t identify racism when it’s screaming “Nigger!” in their face. See a true comrade for contrast. In Mother Jones, Rick Perlstein just published an article called Peter’s Choice. That article itself is a commentary on a college student’s history…

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