Jennifer Lawrence: “It is not a scandal, it is a sex crime.”

In a new Vanity Fair article, Jennifer Lawrence comments on how the recent release of her nude photos is a sex crime, how those viewing them without her permission are “perpetuating a sexual offense”, and how she has nothing to be ashamed of in taking the photos in the first place. I completely agree. She didn’t “deserve [Read More...]

What True Repentance Looks Like

A couple weeks ago I excerpted and linked to an article in which friend of Camels With Hammers M. Dolon Hickmon described the viciousness of the beatings his father inflicted upon him as a small child and the origins of this child abuse in explicitly religious training. Dolon has also written a mystery thriller called 13:24: [Read More...]

Teaching Empathy Instead of Obedience

Libby Anne’s latest brilliant post on parenting analyzes a recent incident in which her 2 year old son hit her 5 year old daughter with a toy and the 5 year old struck back and caused him to cry. As soon as Libby Anne heard him cry she swooped onto the situation and the 5 [Read More...]

Sam Harris, The Criticism of Bad Ideas, and Sexist Appeals To Biology

This section of a recent Washington Post article has caused a lot of controversy in the atheist community this past weekend: I also asked Harris at the event why the vast majority of atheists — and many of those who buy his books — are male, a topic which has prompted some to raise questions [Read More...]

Doping Scandals and “Nature’s Aristocracy”

In the August 2014 issue of The Journal of Medicine and Philosophy, Pieter Bonte, Sigrid Sterckx, and Guido Pennings argue that there’s something morally retrograde about the values which see natural talent as categorically purer and morally better than artificially supplemented talent. Here’s the abstract to their new paper called “May the Blessed Man Win: A Critique of the Categorical Preference for [Read More...]

“Gratified By Humiliating and Dominating A Helpless Human Being”

The connection between conservative religiosity and greater proneness towards corporal punishment and authoritarian parenting styles in general is well known. But in contemporary American purity culture this can go to uncommon extremes. Michael Pearl’s well-read and oft-recommended book To Train Up A Child essentially teaches parents to aim to crush all willfulness, any hint of [Read More...]

Should Women Get “Menstrual Leave”?

Thought provoking, had never considered this before and I’m interested in Your Thoughts after you watch the video. Transcript here. Here’s the initial HuffPostLive segment. Here’s the Breitbart article criticized in the video above. Here’s a summary of research on the benefits of paid time off. Here’s a link to Rebecca’s Patreon, where you can support her videos. Your [Read More...]

Empowerment Ethics: “How Can Atheists Condemn Rape Without Theistic Moral Absolutism?”

This blog post is a new installment of my “Empowerment Ethics” series, in which I systematically explain, develop, defend, and apply my distinctive spin on humanist, perfectionist, virtue, consequentialist, ethical system called “Empowerment Ethics”. In response to my most recent repost in this series, about why moralities don’t need to be conceived of in moral absolutist terms in order [Read More...]

In Defense of the Moral Cause of Feminism

In the last few years I have written a lot both on behalf of social justice and on the need to elevate the discourse surrounding it. I can say unequivocally that the feminist blogosphere and my activist feminist friends have made me a far better ethicist, a far better person, and a far better man [Read More...]


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