Smart people saying smart things (1.19.17)

David Dark on James Lawson, being awesome. Willie James Jennings on the “tormented deployment” of a deformed idea of “reconciliation.” Nikole Hannah-Jones on segregationism in 21st-century America. Kristin Du Mez on “Donald Trump and Militant Evangelical Masculinity.” [Read more…]

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Postcards from the culture war (12.1.16)

“The commandments are summed up in this word, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore, love is the fulfilling of the law.” [Read more…]

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Postcards from the culture wars (11.22)

“Those who say, ‘I love God,’ and hate their brothers or sisters, are liars; for those who do not love a brother or sister whom they have seen, cannot love God whom they have not seen. The commandment we have from him is this: those who love God must love their brothers and sisters also.” [Read more…]

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Smart people saying smart things (11.17)

Celia Riley, Seth Stevenson, and Jonathan Martin respond to the election. Ruth Ben-Ghiat on looking squarely at the things we’d rather not see. Maria Konnikova on why it’s so hard to tell victims they’ve been conned. [Read more…]

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Consent is necessary. This is not complicated.

Consent is necessary. This is the first, unavoidable aspect of any sexual ethics or ethical sex. It starts with consent. But every time we repeat that simple, modest claim, we get denounced by so-called “conservatives” who go off on mighty rants condemning us as though we had said something very different. Those rants all rail against the idea that consent is sufficient — that it is the whole, and only, aspect of any sexual ethics or ethical sex. [Read more…]

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‘This is disgraceful. It is intolerable.’

Nothing I could write today would be as timely, wise or eloquent as the speech that First Lady Michelle Obama gave this morning in New Hampshire. So let’s just look at that. [Read more…]

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Team Because vs. Team Despite

My framework for viewing Donald Trump’s campaign in the 2016 general election involves seeing his supporters in two distinct groups: Despite and Because. Some people are still supporting Trump despite all the awful things he has said and done. But it was the Because voters who carried Trump through the primaries, and those voters — the ones who love him because of all the awful things he says and does — are the ones Donald Trump intends to serve as president. [Read more…]

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No, ‘SJW’ is not used to deflate pompous Comstockian moralists. That’s not how it’s used at all.

The Internet is open to the public. We can Google, search on Facebook and Twitter, or browse through the comments at YouTube and the local newspaper site. We can see how and when the insult “SJW” is used. And in the vast majority of cases, that has nothing to do with some imagined meaning about ridiculing self-righteous moral crusaders. In the vast majority of actual usage, the epithet is directed at someone who criticized racism or sexism as unjust and undesirable. That’s how the word is used. That’s what it means. [Read more…]

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