You might remember TPL as the library which came under fire for allowing Neo-Nazis to rent one of their community rooms. As a result of the intense criticism they received for this, they updated their room rental policies. One would have thought that this might have included not renting rooms to people denying the humanity of other TPL patrons and staff. I was happy to be able to talk at length, during the Q&A after my talk, about why I thought TPL made the wrong choice. It’s hard when intellectual freedom and social justice positions aren’t in alignment, but if forced to choose, I don’t have to think twice about which I’d rather have.
From TILT #79 – #critlib intensifies by Jessamyn West
Neil deGrasse Tyson, known asshole and sexual abuser, apparently is conducting a redemption tour by enabling Ben Shapiro, which isn’t so much redemption as recruiting other assholes to his self-promotional cause. I hope Fox shitcans Cosmos: Possible Worlds.
In the world according to Dershowitz, he is a victim. But how can he be a victim when he has the power and the money and the platform. Media outlets cover his every tweet. He has a book which will be out on November 19, proclaiming his innocence and blaming instead the #MeToo movement for his trials. And I am covering this story now because a powerful man called me about his powerful friend. How many stories are made like this? A cycle of media and power, we listen because he yells. He yells because we listen. And whoever gets to shout the loudest is the winner.
From Alan Dershowitz and the wheel of pain by Lyz Lenz
Dan Kaminsky wants you to believe that Richard Stallman merely is “weird” (read: “on the spectrum”), wondering why you won’t think of the children who fear that because Stallman is “weird” like them, theirs is destined to be a future of being canceled.
He can fuck right off with this shit.
As I’ve repeatedly written, autism is not an excuse for despicable behavior, and I can’t even begin to express the levels of anger I experienced when Kaminsky dared to bring the name of Greta Thunberg into it.
What should we say to “weird” kids watching the Stallman situation? We should tell them not to be an apologist for abuse, pedophilia, or rape, and they’ll be okay. The same thing we should be telling any kids.
Stallman is not under siege because he’s on the spectrum, which is the charge Kaminsky is trying to support by mentioning Thunberg, who has been. He’s rightfully under siege because he’s openly held bizarre beliefs about the sexual abuse of children, and credibly is accused of his own abusive and harassing behavior.
(Browsing this discussion on Twitter, I found via William Pietri a wonderfully apt description of “Schrödinger’s Autist, who only ever comes out in internet discussions when men are being shitty to women, as if autism and misogyny are co-morbid”.)
For someone with a top job at a company whose slogan is “Keep it Human”, Kaminsky seems to afford more humanity to abusers (and himself abuses Thunberg’s name) than to the people hurt by them.
Autism is not anyone’s god damned shield.