Saturday, February 21, 2015

Compliments from conservatives

I love this tweet:
And there's a nice review of my SJW book here: “How to Make a Social Justice Warrior” by William Shetterly - a Review (though she credits me with a few of the things that I quoted, which may mean I need to take another look at how those sections are formatted).

When conservatives like something I've done, I feel a little like Orwell. Opposing authoritarianism is not a political issue—it should unite all good people, regardless of their politics.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

If you want to know how I and many of the people attacked in Racefail '09 felt

From Jon Ronson's So You've Been Publicly Shamed (via A Social-Media Mistake Is No Reason to Be Fired - The Atlantic):
She barely left home for the year that followed, racked by PTSD, depression and insomnia. “I didn’t want to be seen by anyone,” she told me last March at her home in Plymouth, Mass. “I didn’t want people looking at me.”

Instead, Stone spent her days online, watching others just like her get turned upon. In particular she felt for “that girl at Halloween who dressed as a Boston Marathon victim. I felt so terrible for her.” She meant Alicia Ann Lynch, 22, who posted a photo of herself in her Halloween costume on Twitter. Lynch wore a running outfit and had smeared her face, arms and legs with fake blood. After an actual victim of the Boston Marathon bombing tweeted at her, “You should be ashamed, my mother lost both her legs and I almost died,” people unearthed Lynch’s personal information and sent her and her friends threatening messages. Lynch was reportedly let go from her job as well.
I'm not sure why I didn't stay in hiding after Racefail '09. It was my first instinct: I shut down the LJ copy of my blog. Maybe being ostracized as a child for my family's involvement in the civil rights struggle gave me more perspective on the dynamics of mobbing. Maybe it's just that as a writer, I'm fascinated by an ugly truth taught to my young self by the children of the Klan: no one is more vicious than those who think their cause is righteous.

A feminist socialist critiques "mansplaining"

Men Explain Things to Me…and I Hardly Care - a review | New Politics

At Facebook, John Halle wondered "whether Amber Frost's brilliant take down of the Rebecca Solnit mansplaining book...will get the kind of traction it deserves." I answered:
Because she's a female leftist of the same race as Solnit, I suspect she'll get what I think of as the Adolph Reed treatment: when you can't be attacked for your identity or your politics, you simply get ignored.

Frankie Boyle - Offence and Free Speech

Frankie Boyle - Offence and Free Speech: "I find it incredibly worrying that we no longer need to hear the actual content of the thing we're told to be offended by. We hear of people being arrested for tweets without the tweet being reported; comics are blasted for routines that aren't printed; newspapers hire lip-readers to find something to get offended by at the tennis and then print the resulting fuckfest as asterisks. And who decides whether we should be outraged at something we haven't seen or heard? The press. Our seething collective Id. None of us would trust a journalist to hold our pint while we went to the bathroom, yet we allow them to be ethical arbiters for the entire culture. "

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Why reason alone cannot convince SJWs, MRAs, or anyone who takes sides in identity wars

Your Brain Is Primed To Reach False Conclusions | FiveThirtyEight: " If you want someone to accept information that contradicts what they already know, you have to find a story they can buy into. That requires bridging the narrative they’ve already constructed to a new one that is both true and allows them to remain the kind of person they believe themselves to be."

A must-read for anyone interested in rape, law, and education

At Harvard Law Review: Trading the Megaphone for the Gavel in Title IX Enforcement - Trading the Megaphone for the Gavel in Title IX Enforcement by Janet Halley. The examples are fascinating. One, rather uncommonly for this sort of an article, mentions class differences in communication. But this may be the most significant example:
I recently assisted a young man who was subjected by administrators at his small liberal arts university in Oregon to a month-long investigation into all his campus relationships, seeking information about his possible sexual misconduct in them (an immense invasion of his and his friends’ privacy), and who was ordered to stay away from a fellow student (cutting him off from his housing, his campus job, and educational opportunity) — all because he reminded her of the man who had raped her months before and thousands of miles away. He was found to be completely innocent of any sexual misconduct and was informed of the basis of the complaint against him only by accident and off-hand. But the stay-away order remained in place, and was so broadly drawn up that he was at constant risk of violating it and coming under discipline for that.

Useful for understanding SJWs—and yourself

Real Psychiatry: Lies, Damn Lies, And Normal Brain Function

How does the treatment of sex offenders by male prisoners fit in rape culture theory?

Sex offenders 'marked men' in California prison as many are killed at higher rate | US news | The Guardian:
“They’re going to clean up anybody on that yard with ‘hot charges,’” said former inmate Todd Siefert, referring to any crime against a woman or child, including a sex offense. The very lowest rung is reserved for child molesters.
Seifert said he was confronted by white supremacist inmates less than a half-hour after he arrived at the California Institution for Men in Chino in 2004 and was severely beaten by a half-dozen fellow inmates for his sex crime involving a woman.
I suppose a believer in rape culture could argue that these men's failure was getting caught, and so they had to be beaten and killed, but that fails Occam's Razor: sex offenders are hated for what they've done to women and children.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Understanding SJWs - Steven Hassan's BITE Model

I don't have the time today to go through Steven Hassan's BITE Model and explain how each element applies to social justice warriors, but if anyone else wants to, it'd be easy.

I am once again struck by how easy it is for  people who only read ideologically pure authorities to turn humanity's most open information source, the Internet, into an echo chamber. The most effective way to police people is to convince them they must police themselves.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Links: one on Feminist Frequency, one on fandom's furious identitarians

You don't need to click on it's all one thing: Links: one on Feminist Frequency, one on fandom's furious identitarians because the entire post is copied here:

Astrogator's Logs » Blog Archive » How Many Swallows Bring Real Spring? by Athena Andreadis:
RH/BS and her acolytes have set back true progressives in SFF by at least a decade and have turned “social justice” into a term of derision even among supporters of change and an apotropaic invocation for those agog to have SFF revert to the circa-fifties Leaden Era. However, of greater concern are those who are so eager to exhibit ideological purity or (belated) art-for-art’s-sake “objectivity” that they’re effectively contributing to the relentless onslaught on real diversity in SFF. Their actions have helped turn the SFF ecosphere into rigid, brittle monocultures clustered at extreme end-nodes of the political/identitarian spectrum.
Now, I personally think the true progressives were set back during scifi's Racefail '09, but I quibble. Also, I'm pleased to see another person using "identitarian", a word I picked up from Adolph Reed Jr.

Why Feminist Frequency almost made me quit writing about video games: Part 1 | Metaleater by Liana Kerzner:

...if you take one thing away from this five-part piece, please let it be this: feminism, especially feminism in video games, is a diverse subject with varied opinions and a lot of disagreement. When any single voice becomes too powerful, it stifles other voices that have just as much to offer. Feminist Frequency is very good at promoting itself. It has not been good, so far, at promoting other women -- real and fictional -- in the video game industry