If you follow Twitter at all, I highly recommend that you follow @3rdWaveLessons. Her lampooning of liberal feminists is right on target, often with copies of their own tweets for comparison. It’s funny but sad, a reflection of how low “feminism” has gone in the past forty years.
radfemale provides an answer to this question, while at the same time giving a positive account of what anti-genderists are fighting for.
I’ve posted a number of links on the numerous serious flaws in Steven Pinker’s book The Better Angels of our Nature. But he’s written other shit books. The Blank Slate, Pinker’s political attack on the opponents of evolutionary psychology, is also shit. Stavvers debunks The Blank Slate’s attacks on Anarchism.
Essentially, two hypotheses are proposed by Pinker in his treatment of anarchism:
1. That violence is an integral part of human nature
2. That the only way to stop it is to have a police force
The first hypothesis is not possible to test: this is a shortcoming of evolutionary psychology as a whole: one cannot empirically test whether something is “human nature” or not. We can look at proxies–for example, if violence is genetic, we can study identical twins who were raised apart, though even this methodology is flawed.
The second hypothesis would require controlling for all confounding variables, to test whether a police force is truly necessary and the only thing standing in the way of our horrifying nature. Essentially, one would need people raised in a complete vacuum with no mitigating factors such as economic deprivation or racism. This is, of course, impossible to test.
So what we are left with is a fairy story: we’re all violent, grappling thugs, and it’s only the presence of a policeman that stops us chucking a brick through the nearest window and running off with a spangly new telly.
Sure they constantly whitewash him (literally), but did you know the US government was also responsible for MLK’s assassination? At least that’s what a court of law ruled in 1999.
Liat Kaplan discusses how street harassment is only a symptom of a whole slew of minor forms of sexual harassment which conspire to keep women in fear and men confident in their entitlement to women’s bodies.
The big deal isn’t the words themselves, it’s the underlying message. There’s no point to a guy yelling, “Hey sexy baby” at me out of the passenger window of a car as it speeds past. Even if I was into creepy misogynists and wanted to give him my number, I couldn’t. The car didn’t even slow down. But that’s okay, because he wasn’t actually hitting on me. The point wasn’t to proposition me or chat me up. The only point was to remind me, and all women, that our bodies are his to stare at, assess, comment on, even touch. “Hey sexy baby” is the first part of a sentence that finishes, “this is your daily message from the patriarchy, reminding you that your body is public property”. This so-called “minor” sexual harassment is the tax you pay for daring to exist as a woman in public.
“Hey baby” is the cashier who touches your hand just a little too long and winks as he hands you your change. “Hey baby” is the guy who sits just the tiniest bit too close on the subway when there are plenty of empty seats available. “Hey baby” is the guy in the coffee shop who just keeps trying to start a conversation even while you’re giving one-word answers and pointedly staring at your book or phone. “Hey baby” is too subtle to complain about. If you try, guys will say that it’s not a big deal or you’re just flattering yourself or that they wish a hot chick would say “hey baby” to them.
I have no idea who wrote this small article reviewing views of procreation by economists, but it’s so rare to see antinatalism being discussed in any sort of media that I thought I should point it out.
This is confused. Yes, people generally prefer existing. But the possible people implicit in couples’ germ cells are not actual people, and therefore do not have preferences. Conception and birth are preconditions for having preferences. I call this the “lucky souls fallacy”. Imagine pre-actual persons gathered outside the gate of existence. Each soul holds a number in its tiny incorporeal hands, badly hoping to be called. An ethereal presence stands at the gate shouting numbers. Lucky souls get to go to the front of the line, through the gate, and straight into a real pulsing zygote.
Only thus does the “decision to have kids” create a “massive benefit” to the kid. Lucky soul! But Mr Mankiw is right. What childbirth does is create a life — a new nexus of benefits and harms, a new container of utility (to be reductively economistic about it). But by itself reproduction confers no benefit on the child produced, since there was no prior hollow soul longing to be filled by the breath of being.
For those of you who need, or want, a big list of quotes by ex-porn actresses and porn producers, this list by exgynocraticgrrl will probably be very useful.