Apr 26, 2014
commented on The Saturday Morning News
"He belongs in the heap of child molesters in my book." - that actually sounds like an interesting mystery-thriller:
A Heap of Child Molesters: the Sins of Keynes and His Ilk
Apr 21, 2014
commented on Punished for the Crime of Being Female on the Internet
Regarding the use of "female" vs. "woman": I've seen many of my students doing this, and after some reflection, I think that there is a discomfort with the old-ness implications of "man" and "woman" that make many in the younger generation uncomfortable with those words (it makes them feel like their parents). There is a general trend towards neoteny - appearing or acting more young - and so I think that the use of "female" and "male" is an attempt to be more precise and neutral in terms of gendering - "woman" can carry very strongly gendered assumptions that many aren't actually comfortable with.
It may indicate that we need another word - a noun version of "feminine" and "masculine" - that doesn't make one feel old but that also acknowledges the gendered angle.
(I come from biomedical studies, so I use "female" and "male" often in context of reproduction and gametes, as do many of my colleagues, so it was a surprise to hear it's considered insulting in other contexts)
Apr 9, 2014
commented on Eighty-Six Sixty Nine!
@7 (maddy811): Could you give me a title or author, please? That is actually an interesting topic in my field of study, and I'd love to read the original article for my own edification. There is a lot of that rejection of technology because it supposedly objectifies women, and I'm trying to find better ways to frame those discussions in a less binary fashion. Thanks!
Apr 9, 2014
commented on SL Letter of the Day: Pretty Little Hippie
When people announce things like, "I have so much love/sensuality so share!" as an excuse to go after other people's dates, I want to show that I have so many bitchslaps to share.
Total power-tripper, loves being able to impose himself in situations where he has power over others. Spot on, Dan.