Beta Culture: A Third Approach to Gender Equality

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I’ve been thinking about feminism for a couple of years, and I’ve actually felt a certain amount of dread when I attempted to relate it to my conceptual work on Beta Culture. It’s completely obvious that Beta can’t work without a healthy respect for the needs of women, something better than what our western society has now, but I couldn’t see how ‘feminism’ – not the thing I want feminism to be, but the thing that it presently is – could be integrated into it without overwhelming the welcoming, i … [Read more...]

FORT LAUDERDALE!!! HATES!!! THE HOMELESS!!! — Part 2

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Let me toss some sentences at you.I’M GOING TO HIT YOU. BOB HATES THE HOMELESS. JOHN KILLED THOUSANDS. KARL ROVE SUCKS DICK.But what if the real sentences, the complete sentences, were these?I’M GOING TO HIT YOU ... up for a favor. BOB HATES THE HOMELESS ... policy in this town. JOHN KILLED THOUSANDS ... of hours playing videos games. KARL ROVE SUCKS DICK ... Cheney into his arguments every time.I sort of cheated you with those half-sentences, didn’t I? If each of those piec … [Read more...]

FORT LAUDERDALE!!! HATES!!! THE HOMELESS!!! — Part 1

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I've been reading this business about ‘90-year-old arrested in Fort Lauderdale for feeding the homeless!’ and I keep thinking something isn’t quite right with the story.I commented on a couple of Facebook threads, suggesting that what was happening was probably not what was being reported. MAYBE nobody was getting arrested for "feeding the homeless" and maybe the law, and the arrest, was about something else.After looking into it, it appears that this might be the case. I’ll tell you some … [Read more...]

The Book of Good Living: Innocent Until Proven Guilty

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A common thread that has run through many of the stories we’ve seen in the last few years, about the public outcry over genetically modified crops, and over the PCBs which GE dumped in the Hudson River here in Upstate New York, is that there is insufficient proof of the dangers. The implication is that anyone harboring baseless suspicions about these things, which are after all the result of scientific progress, is either a Luddite or a superstitious primitive.Nobody ever says it out loud, b … [Read more...]

The Wrong Answer on Race

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This is my second Charles Barkley-inspired post. You can find the first one here – Assholes and the Umbrella of Safety – but I’ll echo the quote from that first one: When asked about a report that Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson isn’t seen as “black enough” by some of his teammates, the NBA Hall of Famer went on a rant about how “unintelligent” black people believe they have to hold successful African-Americans back.“For some reason we are brainwashed to think, if you’re not a th … [Read more...]

The Book of Good Living: Favors

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I was in a position to witness a young woman asking people for a cigarette at a highway rest stop a few days back. “Could you give me a cigarette? No?? Oh, please, please, please! It’s just one cigarette, and I really NEED it. It’s just one lousy cigarette!”She ended up crying (!), complaining tearfully about how rude people are nowadays. “I just don’t understand (sob) how people can be so RUDE. Anytime I have cigarettes and someone asks me for one, I (sob) give it to them. Some people are su … [Read more...]


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