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Seven examples structural sexism, some more useful than others

Structural Sexism and gender-based politeness
Invoking the label "structural sexism" is kind of like using The Force in Star Wars: it can be done for good, or it can be done for evil. It has a light side and a dark side. And a lot of people don't really understand what it means, and end up dismissing it or abusing it. This is going to be an attempt to clarify what the label "structural sexism" actually means, and give some examples of good applications of the term as well as some examples of ways the term can be horribly abused.

Hindutva: talking about India’s radical conservative party

Greg Stevens talks about Hindutva and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh
Since 2014, the dominant political party in power in India has been the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which is India's conservative right-wing party. They can be thought of as roughly the equivalent of the "Republicans" in the United States, just as the Indian National Congress is the rough equivalent of the "Democrats." But how right-wing are they? I did a recent "Unscripted Chit-Chat" video with an anonymous Indian guest to talk about BJP, and their connection to their radical nationalist group, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). My guest claimed that RSS is essentially India's equivalent of the KKK, which sparked quite a response!

When to celebrate my birthday (and also yours)

When to celebrate your birthday, by Greg Stevens
If you are like most people, you celebrate your birthday on the same calendar date each year. For example, since I was born on May 4th 1973, you probably consider today, May 4th 2015, to be my birthday. But this is extremely arbitrary and culturally biased: calendars vary from culture to culture, and change over history. Wouldn't it be nicer--both more objective and more natural--to celebrate the anniversary of your birth in a way that was more connected to the natural movements and rhythms of the earth and the universe?

The fallacy of incorrect scoping: manspreading, Muslim extremists, lying bitches, and gay sex fiends

The Fallacy of Incorrect Scoping
I have been dealing with a common and recurring logical problem that I see in cultural and political discussions, and it has come up often enough lately that I'd like to actually give it a label and a definition. I'm going to call it the "fallacy of incorrect scoping". I'm using the term "incorrect scoping" to refer to any time there is some trait X that is bad, and because that trait is correlated with group Y, people will identify it as a "Y problem" or as a "X&Y problem", even though the only thing that is actually causing the problem is X. It happens constantly in political and social debates, and it is completely and disgustingly wrong.

What do I say if I can’t say “black people”?

What to call black people instead of black people
Yesterday's episode of the Chris Krok radio show, a local Dallas conservative talk show, was entirely dedicated to the extreme anguish that Texans apparently feel when confronted with the question, "What do I call someone instead of 'black guy'?" Chris Krok spent a good 30+ minutes talking about this issue, and spoke with many listeners who called in to opine on the subject. And in that entire time, not a single person addressed the actual issue involved, or the way to solve it.

My dramatic reading of The Sentry by Fredric Brown

This is one of my favorite "micro-fiction" short stories from Fredric Brown. He went through a phase in 1954 where all he wrote was science fiction short stories that were less than a page in length. Generally they just contained a single joke, a single cool or thoughtful idea, and that's it. Of the many, many short stories he published in that year, this is my favorite. It's shorter than any of my other readings, so you should be able to make it through to the end! And make sure you do: the entire point of the story is the "twist" in the very last line.

Faith in religion versus faith in science, versus faith in yourself

Greg Stevens and Josiah Jennings discuss belief, faith, science, and optimism
In this week's "Unscripted Chit-Chat" video, I chat with Josiah Jennings about opinions, evidence, science, faith and optimism. This chat was motivated by the many conversations we've had about the article "No, you're not entitled to your opinion" by Patrick Stokes. It's an article we both agree with, but it is a great jumping off point for asking some questions about the difference between trusting scientific data and having "faith" in religion, what it means to have "faith in science", the fact that the word "believe" means different things depending on how people use it, and when it makes sense to "believe" in yourself or in an optimistic future.

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