12/18/2016 0 Comments
In what has quickly become a recurring theme, Everyday Feminism has published an anti-feminist and illogical article -- this one arguing that "smaller fat bodies are crowding the conversation on fat acceptance."
That's funny! It's really, really funny. Because, basically what they're saying is, "Let's exclude most fat people from fat activism!" It's a super basic stats thing.
12/17/2016 1 Comment
I try to see the bright side of things, which is why I sometimes say that Everyday Feminism is an endless source of amusement. (See also: I Changed "Men" to "Black People" in an Everyday Feminism Article, and Here's What Happened.) But, as someone who cares about equality for women, it's also a source of frustration -- the shit they say reflects badly on all feminists.
For example, in a recent video, trans activist Riley J. Dennis said that if you wouldn't date someone who was trans, black, fat or disabled, you're an -ist or a -phobe; you need to "think critically" and change.
12/1/2016 0 Comments
I had the unexpected privilege of meeting the new president of Stanford last week. Over the course of our conversation, I asked him two very important questions:
1. Why are so many colleges to accommodating to victimhood culture -- why don't more universities take a stance like the University of Chicago?
And, more importantly:
2. What are you doing to make sure that trigger warnings, safe spaces, disinvitations and other forms of coddling/censorship aren't harmful?
This is a huge question. In all psychology research and interventions, it is imperative that you prove, at the get-go and ongoingly throughout the study, that you are not causing harm. And self-report is not sufficient -- the Cambridge Sommerville Youth Study demonstrated that although people may say something helped them, objective measures demonstrate that the study actually caused harm.