selling the conflicted dominator on sex positivity

Slate came out with a sex advice column, and the very first question is about feminism and BDSM: I’m a single man in my early 30s in an industry that’s received strong scrutiny from the #MeToo movement. I avoid dating anyone who I may have potential influence over professionally in the near future, but recently,…

philosophical moderation and the burden of proving my humanity

By now, even the mainstream media publishes articles fretting about how false balance, “presenting both sides”, etc. typically benefits bullshit, often rightwing causes: racism, creationism, global warming denial, tobacco industry misinformation, anti-vaccination. It’s not true, a priori, that there are two reasonable sides to every controversy. Less mainstream, but no less frequently repeated, is the…

autism phishing expedition

A press release from the University of Alabama describes this conference abstract: Social engineering is a well-established and well-studied threat especially against healthy computer users. Little studied, however, is the level of vulnerability to social engineering attacks against people with medical conditions. Social disorders in particular may make people more susceptible to such attacks. In…

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