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  • Matt commented on the blog post Sunday Feminist Fuck You: David Brooks   2 years ago · View

    There is no argument that, on average, the US’s lower education(K-12) system is pretty shameful when compared to the rest of the civilized world’s. So far our universities do a grand job catching people up (for those privileged enough to attend), but even so one can only do so much to output quality when a [...]

  • Matt commented on the blog post A feminist misunderstanding   2 years, 1 month ago · View

    I don’t think you’re the only feminist to notice such hatred and bile from blogs like that. There is a feminist blog manboobz.com dedicated to “calling out” (and often making fun of :-D ) blogs in the “manosphere” that spew nothing but hate and bile. http://manboobz.com/?s=heartiste I don’t recall if any of those posts call out [...]

  • Matt commented on the blog post Feminist=Man-hater?   2 years, 2 months ago · View

    In response to “… when did ‘feminist’ become synonymous with a man-hater?” Feminism as a discipline does have some rather ugly – and sadly prolific – skeletons in its closet. Clear examples range from Dunn’s “A woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle” to Dworkin’s views on expressions of heterosexual CIS sexuality. [...]

  • Matt commented on the blog post Tennesse doesn’t even want kids to hold hands until marriage   2 years, 3 months ago · View

    You know, for a long time it seems that the sort of “prevailing standard argument” against a lot of abstinence programs/anti-sex programs had a component of “embracing human nature.” As far as debate is concerned, this particular component always seemed more like a “frame.” A way to begin my side of the conversation by saying [...]

  • Matt commented on the blog post Judge rules pharmacists can refuse to sell emergency contraception   2 years, 5 months ago · View

    I remember when this first came up in WA state. At the time I never thought it would pass. Some days I hate being proven wrong. What’s worse is that this logic becomes (even more clearly) downright ludicrous when applied to just about ANY OTHER FIELD. This is a fun party game, examples follow: “I [...]

  • Matt commented on the blog post Male Feminism   2 years, 6 months ago · View

    For me, one of the biggest problems with trying to reconcile being male and a feminist is that a lot of “standard” or “basic” feminist tools aren’t well suited to applications outside of female-oriented activist (or therapeutic-activist) sphere (or spheres). Luckily, a lot of the tools are easily tweaked to make them more egalitarian. The [...]

  • Matt commented on the blog post More on why victim blaming is not a good way to prevent binge drinking   2 years, 7 months ago · View

    I think part of the problem with this topic in particular is that we as feminists are doing a poor job speaking directly to the criticisms at hand. For instance the phrase “rapists cause rape” is true to the point of being a tautology. It’s about as revolutionary of an epistemological concept as “agents cause [...]

  • Matt commented on the blog post What we missed   2 years, 10 months ago · View

    From the “How to Teach Boys to be Feminist” post:

    … Teach them that “feminism” means promoting women’s rights and interests. … Teach them that by taking a role in feminism they will be helping everyone, not just women. …

    I guess… Well… If I understand my basic feminist theory correctly, there is nothing wrong with [...]

  • Matt commented on the blog post “Science” Says No to Single-Sex Education   2 years, 10 months ago · View

    Thanks for the link to the summary article. I had read about this in the NYtimes, but for the life of me I could not find the journal article proper, and your linked summary gives me some of the nitty-gritty scientific details. The NYtimes article (as well as this blogpost) did point out a couple [...]

  • Matt commented on the blog post Men’s egos so fragile, the wrong friendships will lead to erectile dysfunction   2 years, 10 months ago · View

    Completely ninja’d by Sam Lindsay-Levine, with a link, better description of what I had to say, and everything!

    Good job! Happy to see someone else’s first reaction was to grab the article proper.

  • Matt commented on the blog post Why are men happier than women?   2 years, 10 months ago · View

    The science does look pretty… Well, junky. I had a hard time finding the actual journal article itself, but from the information in the charts and links provided it looks like everything is based off of self-report surveys, which is not the strongest experimental design available to psychologists/social researchers to say the least. No causal [...]

  • Matt commented on the blog post A Stubborn Refusal   2 years, 10 months ago · View

    Shakesville published an article with similar thinking – though with much more… Intense language. Both the Shakesville blogpost and the blogpost here bring forth an explicit argument that I think is implicit to a lot of feminist thinking and language on the topic of rape. That is that “to even suggest preventative measures against rape [...]

  • Matt commented on the blog post At a Loss For Words   2 years, 11 months ago · View

    I agree with Danielle. My concern is that to try and use this as some sort of “teachable moment” would be tantamount to an emotional attack on your boyfriend in what is probably one of the most vulnerable moments you’ve seen him in. If he feels attacked or threatened, chances are he wont open up [...]

  • Matt commented on the blog post Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act earns more sponsors   3 years ago · View

    Hmm… The Atlantic article seems concerned that the finding of “guilty” of rape in a school might translate (maybe as evidence) to a criminal court. I am not versed on the topic, so I’ll assume for the purpose of discussion that it can’t be. We are still saying that the weakest standard of evidence is [...]

  • Matt commented on the blog post Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act earns more sponsors   3 years ago · View

    If I understand davenj’s concern correctly, it is also outlined in an article from The Atlantic: http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2011/04/the-save-act-trading-liberty-for-security-on-campus/237833/

    … The SaVE Act implicitly assumes the guilt of students accused of sexual violence or stalking … It requires schools to employ the lowest possible standard of proof — a preponderance of evidence — in disciplinary hearings. This requirement [...]

  • Matt commented on the blog post A Personal Open Letter to a Dear Friend   3 years, 1 month ago · View

    True, in the social sciences “choice” is a bit of an illusory concept. Let me see if I can illustrate my critique a little clearer. Contemplate a college educated woman making the decision to stay home and be a housewife while her husband goes out into the workforce. This end point may raise a few [...]

  • Matt commented on the blog post A Personal Open Letter to a Dear Friend   3 years, 1 month ago · View

    All of the points you made are articulate, and more importantly, measurable to some extent. In a lab I can activate certain stereotypes and watch various behaviors and attributions change accordingly. The economist in me is still a little wary of mistrusting choice in the way that this post seems to suggest. Not only do [...]

  • Matt commented on the blog post Gender in Restaurants   3 years, 1 month ago · View

    I had very similar experiences working in fast food. At one location men always got stuck with the grossest jobs, grill station and “maintenance” work. At the other location the only reason that this was not the case was because there were not enough men employed by the restaurant to always have a man in [...]

  • Matt commented on the blog post I’m a nice guy!   3 years, 1 month ago · View

    In order to illustrate the conundrum more, I’ll push the point a little further, and ask “what is the proper way to approach a woman?” As you pointed out in your original blogpost, romantic relationships are different from friendships, so I obviously cannot use simple friendship as a way to broach the subject. I can’t [...]

  • Matt commented on the blog post I’m a nice guy!   3 years, 1 month ago · View

    Do people actually call you a nerd, weird, and stupid for not sexually assaulting women upon gaining their trust? I don’t have a word for those people. I have a word for people who do the opposite: rapists. And no, I am afraid I cannot offer you a cookie for not being a rapist.

    In direct [...]

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