Many people around me have been so incredibly supportive lately by encouraging me to write more. I can't believe it's been four years since I got a job after grad school, and thus, four years since I've been in the practice of regular, philosophical writing. It's been a good but somewhat confusing space - I … Continue reading Positive Philosophy & Feminist Friendship – My work over the past several years
There are a couple of different ways to drop an anal bomb. (Urban dictionary will tell you one way; porn could probably show you something similar.) This is how I like to drop an anal bomb, and last week was my first time doing it in front of a live audience. They loved it. The … Continue reading How to Drop an Anal Bomb (Live)
We love democracy. As a nation we emphatically declare the importance of granting power to the people and even promote the international spread of democracy as one of our nation's greatest missions. But I'm not convinced it's really all that great of thing. In fact, when it comes to moral and political matters of right … Continue reading Democracy and the Moral Majority: Why Third Graders Know Better
One of my favorite things about studying philosophy is that the practice of critical thinking and argumentative analysis develops one's skills in thinking outside of the box. It helps one see how one idea connects to another, how one assumption leads to a certain conclusion, and in life, it helps us better understand how and … Continue reading Why Truth?:Thinking Outside of the Box
In addition to the quick little video below that I posted earlier today on YouTube about the Supreme Court hearings on Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act, it may be helpful to clarify a few more points that are worth keeping in mind this week (and hopefully beyond that). The more radical progressives … Continue reading In Defense of Marriage: No Need for Love Here
In light of National Coming Out Day, I discuss arguments for gaining legal protection for LGBT people which target subjective moral judgments, such as the belief that homosexuality is wrong. Rather than arguing in apologetic terms for mere acceptance and tolerance, I suggest that recognizing the role of choice in sexuality does not inhibit making … Continue reading Think for a Change (17): It’s Okay to Be Gay!
As indicated by my more recent posts, teaching has been on my mind. It's in large part thanks to the students in my summer course that I have realized one more thing: You've gotta give 'em hope. In this class we've spent six weeks talking about really heavy stuff like disciplinary norms of compulsory heterosexuality, … Continue reading You’ve Gotta Give ‘Em Hope