Culture | Media

Let’s Make Tomatoes Great Again

As we’re all aware, there’s some pretty heavy shit going on in the world. I’m pretty sure you’re all as exhausted with current events as I am, so let’s whisk ourselves away from the trials of the real world by talking about something we all love: entertainment. As a concert pianist, composer, and online ranter, my […]

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Religion | Politics

Why Clickbait Reporting is the Real Problem, Not “Liberal Bias”

If you were reading Salon, ThinkProgress, or Glenn Greenwald this October 3rd, you might think the United States under Trump’s leadership began the process of criminalizing homosexuality and executing gays. Here’s what happened: The United States and every other country where the death penalty is still in practice voted against a resolution introduced by anti-death […]

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Culture | Media

Thoughts on Sexual Etiquette

Campaigns like the recent Twitter #MeToo initiative, together with the publicity generated by the allegations of sexual abuse against Harvey Weinstein and by Kevin Spacey’s confession, have placed the topics of consent and sexual harassment at the forefront of people’s consciousness. In some cases, people have been citing very minor gaucheries and awkward attempts at […]

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Features

When Intersectionality Silences Women

This is a continuation of Helen Pluckrose’s exploration of censorship on campus. Read the first piece, which details the campus environment and provides personal testimony from women academics, here. *** I sent a survey out on Twitter and on Academic Reddit forums seeking “female academics or students who find they need to self-censor on campus […]

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Religion | Politics

On Campus, A Minority, and Reflecting on Free Speech

A while back, I was profiled for the Atlantic by Conor Friedersdorf about my thoughts on the campus culture wars in a piece titled “Left Outside the Social-Justice Movement’s Small Tent.” In the piece, I called out some of the detrimental elements of the social justice scene in which I was formerly part of. Although I […]

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Religion | Politics

The Jimmy Carter Effect

“There is nothing more pathetic in life than a former president.” — John Quincy Adams Public fascination with what an ex-president does with his time is greater than ever. On the 22nd October, all five living former US presidents took part in a benefit concert in Texas to raise money for hurricane relief efforts. While […]

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Religion | Politics

Sowell’s Visions

Why do beliefs cluster the way they do? If someone believes that only police and military should have guns, why is that person also likely to support socialized healthcare and a government-imposed minimum wage, and be unsupportive of school vouchers? In his 1987 book A Conflict of Visions: Ideological Origins of Political Struggles, economist Thomas […]

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Culture | Media

Time to Call a Truce in the Gender Wars

If you are a news and current affairs junkie like myself, you could quickly come to the conclusion that men and women are at war with each other across the Western world. A large portion of feminists  believe that the West is a patriarchy that deliberately ensures that women are under represented in politics and […]

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Culture | Media

Panicking about Sexual Harassment Is Bad for Women

What started with Hollywood women denouncing Harvey Weinstein has rapidly developed into a global movement decrying sexual harassment. The #MeToo stories of high profile women working in politics, the media and theatre make for headline news. To some feminist campaigners this represents a tipping point, a watershed moment that could lead to new legislation and […]

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