The Camels With Hammers Civility Pledge

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A lot of people say civil debate is impossible online. I think it’s vitally necessary. Below are my reasons for writing a civility pledge for people engaged in public discussions about ideas to commit themselves to. I received help from others who may or may not choose to reveal themselves. They have not seen the [Read More...]

Forward Thinking: Round up of Responses: How Should We Collectively Mourn, While Respecting Individual Beliefs and Grieving Needs?

A number of forward thinking bloggers share their experiences with death and the insights they lead to into how we can best mourn collectively. [Read more...]

How To Live Happily: Truthfully Understand Yourself and Your Constructive Potential

My thoughts on self-esteem, identity, objectification, Jean-Paul Sartre, and overcoming self-sabotaging narratives we tell ourselves. [Read more...]

How To Live Happily: Have No Expectations

This is the first of what I am thinking will be a series of occasional “How To Live Happily” posts on what I have learned, through studying, living, introspecting, and contemplating, about how to live a joyful and happy life. [Read more...]

Forward Thinking: Mourning Death Collectively

Twice monthly, Libby Anne of Love Joy Feminism and I are raising questions about values for our fellow bloggers to write posts on. Last week’s prompt was on the question of what constitutes civic responsibility and Libby Anne has collected numerous blogger’s responses to the question here.  Death is a profoundly important part of human life and [Read More...]

Libby Anne on Abortion

Last month Libby Anne’s blog exploded when she posted a long article on how she lost faith in the pro-life movement and became pro-choice all because back when she still believed every zygote was a baby she became convinced that pro-choice policies were the best way to actually minimize the deaths of babies. In this post I round up a number of links to important posts she has written on abortion and contraception this fall. [Read more...]

The Virtue of Steelmanning

One of my new best friends on Facebook, Chana Messinger has written a very good post about the reasons to “steelman” others’ arguments. I had never heard this word before but I love it. It means to figure out even better arguments for your opponents’ positions while arguing with them and to beat those arguments [Read More...]

Melissa Harris-Perry Responds To Richard Mourdock

Melissa Harris-Perry draws on her own experience to explain rape and its consequences to Richard Mourdock. [Read more...]

Fifty Shades of Grey Related to the Ethics of Romanticizing Abusiveness for the Sake of Fantasy

According to Laci Green, the book Fifty Shades of Grey celebrates an abusive relationship rather than healthy BDSM practices. This raises many questions for me about the ethics of art that eroticizes literal abusiveness. Is it bad in itself to enjoy the idea of abusiveness? Is it bad only if it creates, contributes to, or reinforces unhealthy attitudes, whether in oneself or in one’s broader culture? Can we indulge our dark sides at all morally through roleplaying? Can we indulge them even more in art than even through roleplaying? I have lots of questions. I need Your Thoughts. [Read more...]


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