The Evolution of Humanism+

While it does not appear anyone uses the term Humanism+, many of the problems that led to the creation and collapse of Atheism+ crept their way into the humanist movement. One would think a movement that presumes all humans deserve equal treatment would already cover social justice concerns about race, gender, and sexuality. Yet as Sargon of Akkad explained in a recent video, the progressive forces who inched their way into the movement argue that humanism does not address social justice issues as it currently stands. The progressives must alter and improve humanism so that the ideology recognizes the uniqueness of each issue.

To understand how baffling this move is, let us use a different example. This move is akin to someone saying “Love everyone” and the progressive shouting “But what about women? And blacks? And gays? And transpeople? And otherkin?” It is as if progressive  think the concept of human rights does not apply to those groups. They must have rights specific to them or at least their rights specifically acknowledged.

It is idiotic, and thankfully Sargon has the patience to walk us through it to understand how progressives got to this point: Continue reading

What Does Feminism Mean?

Sargon of Akkad posted a video about the meaning of feminism in the modern world. It specifically outlines feminism’s usefulness, what it has become, and how it is deployed by its adherents.

Much of his video reminds me of what I read in Eric Hoffer’s The True Believer. Hoffer explains how mass movements work, why they fail, and what they do when they meet their goals. Reading the book with feminism in mind is quite enlightening, and much of what Sargon covers seems torn from its pages. Continue reading

Sargon interviews Tommy Robinson

I do not follow British politics much, so I know only a little about Tommy Robinson. He is the former leader of a pro-British party that he eventually left once more racist elements began to take over. He is known in the UK for his criticism against of Islam and Muslims. The negative response he receives also comes with a number of arrests, assaults against him, and a fair deal of accusations of bigotry.

I watched Dave Rubin’s interview with him several weeks ago. While I do not agree with all of Robinson’s positions, he does seem genuinely concerned with how political correctness results in people ignoring the violence within the European Muslim community.

Sargon interviewed Robinson after the latter mentioned him during a rally. It is worth a listen: Continue reading

A Dose of Stupid v124

It happens every day. In fact, it is pretty hard to avoid it. There are some things that can only be understood with a slap on the forehead. Things so mind-boggling that one wonders how humans managed to evolve thumbs while being this mentally inept. Case in point:

Hilary Clinton hires Zerlina Maxwell for social media outreach

For some reason, Hilary Clinton ignored the lesson John Edwards learned when he hired on feminist bloggers as campaign officials. Instead, Hilary decided to bring on Zerlina Maxwell, a feminist blogger and talking head noted for her solution to rape and her argument that people should automatically believe women who claim rape: Continue reading

Bulletin Board v290

Analysis: Court reverses 40 years of law on rape sentences — Even the Mississippi Supreme Court gets to change its mind. And it did so in April, ruling that judges can sentence people convicted of rape to life in prison, even if the jury didn’t recommend a life sentence. In that 5-3 ruling, the court overturned 40 years of its own decisions that had previously found only a jury could sentence a rape defendant to life in prison.

Frats Accused of Abusing ‘Male Privilege’ for Raising Awareness of Sexual Assault — In an op-ed for The Daily Northwestern, author Jessica Schwalb chastised the fraternities because their signs might “trigger” some students. The author claimed support for the campaign was “just a cruel reminder” for sexual assault survivors and that the efforts were “purely symbolic” of the problem. The signs, which included statements such as “[Sexual assault] is everyone’s problem,” “We stand against sexual violence,” and “We support survivors,” were intended as a show of solidarity for sexual assault awareness week.

Israel snubs UN concerns about prisoner abuse in Israeli jails — Michal Sarig-Kaduri, the deputy director of the human rights department at Israel’s Foreign Ministry, told United Nations’ Committee Against Torture on Wednesday that punitive measures such as solitary confinements and separation were “extremely restricted and used for short and limited periods of time, for a maximum of 14 days only.” Solitary confinement is the practice of isolating inmates in closed cells, depriving them of any human contact. Continue reading

The Curious Case of Trigglypuff

A few days ago I checked my Twitter account and happened upon a curious hashtag: #trigglypuff.

My first response was what is a trigglypuff? A quick Google search provided the answer:

This was but a moment from the spectacle at University of Massachusetts Amherst. Continue reading

A Dose of Stupid v123

It happens every day. In fact, it is pretty hard to avoid it. There are some things that can only be understood with a slap on the forehead. Things so mind-boggling that one wonders how humans managed to evolve thumbs while being this mentally inept. Case in point:

Six Lazy Strawman Arguments about Critics of Feminism and Bad Advice About How to Beat Those Strawmen

Every few months some writes an article about how misunderstood feminists are and how to combat the misunderstanding. They typically only cite other feminists to support their arguments and rely on slanted studies and strawman attacks to defeat the criticism.

If the best you can do is lie about your critics and resort to logical fallacies and insults, then you give people no reason to support your movement. For some bizarre reason Suzannah Weiss decided to prove this point:

Have you ever called someone out, then had them twist it around and call you out right back? Anyone who has tried to bring attention to sexism (or racism, or homophobia, or anything of that nature) can probably relate to the frustrations of pointing out a double-standard or microaggression and being accused of overreacting or “reading too deeply into it.”

While I’m all for friendly debate, some debaters aren’t trying to engage with your position — they’re trying to dismiss it. Here are some cheap tricks I’ve seen people use to dismiss feminism and what you can say to defend yourself if they’re willing to listen.

So instead of Weiss providing a method of addressing people’s criticism of feminism and offering substantive commentary about that criticism, Weiss decides to go the lazy route and offer cheap tricks of her own to address challenges against her ideology. Let us see how this goes: Continue reading