• Matthew White posted a new activity comment 5 years, 5 months ago

    Actually, you provided a good answer.

  • Matthew White posted a new activity comment 5 years, 5 months ago

    An ectopic pregnancy would still not be considered an acceptable abortion for the Catholic Church or some others.

  • Matthew White posted a new activity comment 5 years, 5 months ago

    I have to disagree with you on the punching people, but fully agree on the ‘doxing’.

    • I understand the punch. I don’t know if I agree that the guy “deserved” it — a single punch can actually hurt someone pretty badly, even kill, — but I also understand why Aldrin punched the guy. People aren’t perfect, and we all have our limits.

  • Matthew White posted a new activity comment 5 years, 5 months ago

    The precise word she used was “assume” all criticism of famous women is rooted in misogyny.

    • So much criticism of famous women comes from a misogynist position that the presumption is warranted until contrary proof can be established, call it the null hypothesis.

      I would liken it to reports of celebrity deaths on twitter, always assume it is a hoax unless confirmed by outside sources.

      It’s not that the misogyny and the hoax is…[Read more]

    • I used the word “presume” in my response to you because you used that word. Yes, she originally said “assume”, not “presume” (you are the one who misquoted her), but in context, she said “I operate under the assumption that all criticism of famous women are rooted in misogyny until I find conclusive evidence otherwise.” “assume … until” means…[Read more]

  • Matthew White posted a new activity comment 5 years, 5 months ago

    This is a little different from Sarah’s post. Sarah wasn’t saying that no one deserves rape threats or other such abuse. She was arguing for the presumption that all criticism of famous women was based on misogyny, which I must disagree with. Obviously, we shouldn’t be sexist towards Sarah Palin. That doesn’t mean, however, that all dislike of…[Read more]

    • That isn’t what Sarah said.

      If presumption* means what you think it means, no one could ever be found guilty of any crime.

      A presumption is a starting point, not a postulate and not a conclusion.

      [*] I hope this works. I’m at work and my PC is running Windows Server, which doesn’t play videos.

      • The precise word she used was “assume” all criticism of famous women is rooted in misogyny.

        • So much criticism of famous women comes from a misogynist position that the presumption is warranted until contrary proof can be established, call it the null hypothesis.

          I would liken it to reports of celebrity deaths on twitter, always assume it is a hoax unless confirmed by outside sources.

          It’s not that the misogyny and the hoax is…[Read more]

        • I used the word “presume” in my response to you because you used that word. Yes, she originally said “assume”, not “presume” (you are the one who misquoted her), but in context, she said “I operate under the assumption that all criticism of famous women are rooted in misogyny until I find conclusive evidence otherwise.” “assume … until” means…[Read more]

    • I am understanding Sarah’s argument to be that in her experience if someone is criticising a famous woman then the prior probability is that it will be based on sexism is.

      It doesn’t mean that the posterior probability will be the same as the prior probability, but by then you will have some evidence either way.

  • Matthew White posted a new activity comment 5 years, 5 months ago

    We can’t all be professors.

  • Matthew White posted a new activity comment 5 years, 5 months ago

    You’re absolutely right when it comes to exposing identities or engaging in other forms of free speech as a response to what others say. Free speech doesn’t mean freedom from criticism.

    There is somewhat of a problem, however, when you talk about turning law enforcement on people and (presumably illegal) hacking.

  • Matthew White posted a new activity comment 5 years, 5 months ago

    I find the faux-meat options for vegetarians strange. It’s like someone deciding to use robots on their plantation because of their moral objection to slavery, but then asking “Can you make the robots look like ragged black men?”

    • I really don’t think those issues are the same at all.

      • TBH, a lot of animal rights activists think of meat as the moral equivalent of slavery, going back to Bentham himself.

        I can’t help but wonder, a lot of vegans are really into natural things. Is there a market for this?

        • Just because you’re vegan doesn’t mean that you don’t crave the taste or feel of meat. If more vegan products were able to replicate meat well enough, more people might even decide to switch over.

          Also, making vegan food resemble meat does not harm animals. On the other hand, making robots resemble black slaves is racist and unnecessarily hateful.

          • That’s the theory, but I still don’t see a market. Again, it’s because of the ‘artificial’ stigma.

            But as I said, there is a tendency in animal rights circles to go in offensive directions. (Remember the ‘chicken Holocaust’? There was also trying to get the NAACP to fight for the humane treatment of chickens. And I’ve shared my own experiences…[Read more]

          • Hey, Jon, did you miss this bit in the linked article:
            “Their Kickstarter campaign has already exceeded its $50,000 goal — the most successful vegan Kickstarter campaign in history”

            That seems like a lot of interest to me. Still, time will tell. Maybe they will come up with something new and delicious so good luck to them, I reckon!

          • Thanks for the meatsplaining, Jon. Maybe you should be careful about passing out your personal prejudices against vegans as “facts”?

            The only vegan I know who doesn’t eat meat-like products doesn’t because he’s allergic to soy and wheat. Not that there is anything inherently meaty about sausages and burgers, but that’s usually what we’re talking about.

    • From the analogy you chose, it sounds like there’s a lot of things you don’t get.

    • It’s really simple. We remove the bad stuff (treating individuals as property) while keep the good parts (tasty food) via vegan meat. You wouldn’t complain about eliminating the bad parts of slavery (treating individuals as property) while keeping the “good” parts (cheap labor) via robots, right?

      Anyway, here is a Swedish vegan”butchery that’s…[Read more]

    • Do you eat processed foods? And I mean any processed foods? Yes? Congratulations! You understand “faux-meat options”!

      And the “analogy” you choose here is slavery, out of all the things it could be about, but even more bizarrely, you get even more weirdly specific with your racism by choosing “Can you make the robots look like ‘ragged black…[Read more]

    • This is eerily just like when assholes have to use bizarre and made-up theoretical analogies to somehow find a way to justify rape or forced birth or … faux-meat options with a side of bizarre fucking racism.

  • Matthew White posted a new activity comment 5 years, 5 months ago

    Try as I might to understand the reasoning, I simply can’t agree with assuming all hate directed to certain famous women is the result of misogyny. Obviously some may be, but I wouldn’t treat it as the initial hypothesis.

    I simply don’t like Kim Kardashian, Kanye West or Nicky Minaj. We wouldn’t work on the assumption that all hate directed…[Read more]

  • Matthew White posted a new activity comment 5 years, 5 months ago

    Annie Oakley was not a support of the women’s suffrage movement.

    And why do you speak as if all of us here would obviously be opposed to conscripting women?