Monthly Archives: April 2010

diamonds don't enslave women, women enslave women

Part of why I decided to blog again is because I had a backlog of stuff I wanted to write about. Here’s the first of that stuff. Let’s call this the beginning of a “Feminism Friday” series. An Engagement Ring Is a Deposit on a Wife This piece was written in response to a recent […]

“appreciating” secretaries, “appreciating” teachers

Last week was Administrative Professionals’ Day. On this day, you are supposed to take some time to thank your secretary and/or other support staff, usually with a gift or lunch or whatever. A Facebook friend who shall remain nameless expressed bafflement at the existence of said holiday, claiming that administrative professionals should not get extra […]

sexism and the equality of persons

This post at Overcoming Bias caught my eye the other day: I Am Sexist Basically, Robin Hanson points out that a common definition and usage of “sexism” – having a “belief or attitude that one gender or sex is inferior to, less competent, or less valuable than the other” is flawed. It makes scientific observation […]

I don’t know how free Amish women are

Bryan Caplan writes: Question: How free are Amish women compared to other American women?  I say they’re just as free.  I also say, against Will Wilkinson, that their “formal freedom” is morally significant. If the Amish used threats of violence to keep their women in, it would be a terrible crime.  As matters stand, though, […]

interview with an ex-vegan

Rhys Southan of the blog Let Them Eat Meat came across my veganism-related posts here on TFIR, and ended up interviewing me for his series of interviews with ex-vegans. I put quite a bit of effort into the interview and am pleased with how it turned out. You can find it here. I welcome your […]

my immortality poll & paper

I tweeted this recently: Philosophy poll: T/F – Death is a necessary condition for the meaningfulness of life; immortality is incompatible with meaningfulness. Here are the totally unrepresentative results: False – 6 True – 3 (assuming that this response counts as a “true”) For whatever it’s worth, my vote is “false.” Assuming that the meaningfulness […]

and just like that…

I unquit blogging. Reasons: 1. I have started collecting a bunch of articles/posts/etc. that I have stuff to say about, and blogging is the best forum for that. 2. I got accepted to the PhD program of my dreams, and can stop worrying too too much about having my personal info & views floating around […]