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A practical guide to being offended

You’re offended. Now what?

How liberals (inadvertantly) played the right wing on gender

A case study in collective negotiation.

Let’s talk about virtuous capitalism

It sounds promising, but I have some questions.

They don’t want our culture, they don’t want our freedom

A conversation I had this weekend, presented without comment.

The (not very Christian) reason I will say “Merry Christmas” this year

It’s more subversive than you think.

Your argument is completely correct, and also wrong.

Deconstructing a Twitter case study in non-communication.

How I became radicalized (and so can you)

This is going to make the Trumpsters’ lives a living hell.

This is how a gay atheist immigrant from Jordan is handling Trump’s election

His name is Osama, he lives in Dallas, and he’s not going anywhere.

25 years ago this book predicted Trump, Hillary and war with ISIS

It was published in 1991, and these quotes are scary accurate.

Microaggressions against my favorite novels

My favorite novels didn’t make it onto the list “100 novels everyone should read”. I feel bad for them.

Patriarchy, traffic jams and complex systems

This might change your view on why patriarchy exists, or whether it exists at all.

Social Constructs 101: what the term means, and what it doesn’t mean

You should know what you’re talking about.

Will laws relating bathroom use to birth certificates make people safer?

These laws might actually have the opposite effect.

The woman who invented Facebook

She’s in her 70’s and hates this newfangled technology.

The problem with calling things “offensive” (Facebook Video)

My 90-second impromptu rant about offensive speech.

My thoughts on Killing an Arab

Self-censorship is harmful, but don’t be too quick to judge those who do it.

What feminism got right and wrong, in the 60’s and today

My 80 year old aunt reminisces about feminism.

Your self help book is problematic

People love to avoid taking good advice, especially when they don’t trust the source.

Why is racism bad?

Recently a young man on Twitter ask me: Why is racism bad? It might seem like a troll question, but he went on to explain what he meant. He wasn’t talking about hating people or restricting rights based on race. He wasn’t talking about using racial slurs or promoting racial segregation. He was using “racist” in that dry, emotionless statistical way that people do when they are making a case for profiling…

Guys and Females

My friend Mike is a personal trainer. We were discussing client personalities, and the fact that different clients like different approaches, different techniques, different attitudes from the person training them. At one point Mike remarked that while everyone is an individual, and people vary widely, he has noticed a pattern of differences “between guys and females”. I interrupted: “Why do you say it that way?”

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