Until this morning I didn’t even know what a Cenk Uygur was. Fuck you, this morning.
Here’s another pet peeve: pretending that the fact a moral position cannot preemptively address every and all potential and prospective application of or exception to its rule means we therefore cannot actually take a moral position — which effectively is what this comment (again, scroll down) is arguing.
In truth (and as I replied in that conversation), any morality that simply leans toward shunning anyone whose presence seems still to be causing people harm is consistency enough. The rest you work out as you go. That’s life; you’ve got to pick a starting position, and not be distracted by suggestions you’ve got to work out every specific beforehand.
Here’s another good thread, this one by Lisa Sharon Harper, on what happened Super Tuesday.
The Biden wave is less abt patriarchy and more a revelation of level of trauma our nation has absorbed. Record numbers of voters turned out from every demographic to vote for Biden. Why? Because our nation is terrified by possibility of four more years of Trump.
The policy should be that any time you see an adult letting a child bang on the glass at the zoo, you should be able to knock the adult’s head against said glass.
If you could have heard my cackling, celebratory uproar at hearing the news that Chris Matthews is “retiring”, you, too, might have almost hyperventilated.
I want to highlight this systematic demand that women shut up because it’s the entire problem, isn’t it? I know some people spoke from a place of distress and anger (none of us is perfect on the internet, and especially when tragedy hits, emotions go raw). But others spoke from a deeper sense of entitlement to have pubic spaces and conversations cater to their comfort, and evinced a raw rage when women stepped out of our appointed place as quiet caretakers, deferential to others’ desires. “Shut up, bitch” isn’t disagreement. It’s telling on yourself.
From A Fuller Reckoning by Jill Filipovic
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.