intellectual honesty litmus test

I’m sympathetic to this viewpoint. I’ve never seen a satisfactory explanation of why Rachel Dolezal is supposed to be bad, and why she’s qualitatively different than transgender people.  It seems like a great leap backward into essentialism. The pronoun thing has always annoyed me, but recently I came to a better understanding of why.  I’m…

simon baron-cohen and the opposite of empathy

Jordynn Jack’s Autism and Gender is full of great things. The previous post was about refrigerator mothers. Another chapter is about the Sheldon Cooper stereotype and Simon Baron-Cohen. In this hilarious passage, she points out that it’s hard to distinguish the “extreme male brain” theory from Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus. In…

refrigerator mothers are the new normal

You know it’s bad when Libertarian men have the best parenting advice. One day last year, a citizen on a prairie path in the Chicago suburb of Elmhurst came upon a teen boy chopping wood. Not a body. Just some already-fallen branches. Nonetheless, the onlooker called the cops. Officers interrogated the boy, who said he…

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