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February 21, 2005

A few thoughts that flew into my head today:

  • Cats are mystified by all the moving we do.  All that activity, and so little cat food results from it!

  • Note to drivers:  judicious use of steering, brakes, throttle, and turn signals are far more effective than the horn for preventing collisions
  • We tell children, “Learning is fun!  Let’s stop lying to them.  Learning is work; and as entertainment, work is overrated.  But knowing is fun.
  • Political correctness is the new McCarthyism.  When the president of Harvard can’t express one unpopular thought during a long speech without his career being in jeopardy, what else would you call it?
  • Corrollary to previous point:  the woman who actually got “short of breath” and walked out at the offending sentence didn’t do the cause of equal rights any favors
  • Corrollary to previous corrollary:  philosophically speaking, if masculinism is garbage, what is feminism?
  • I’m kind of fond of humanism, myself

Shame on me…

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  1. February 22, 2005 at 03:36 | #1

    I really hope that there’d be no more feminism or masculinism but merely humanism. We have so many discrimination already in our midst like between black and white, rich or poor, and so on and so forth.

  2. February 22, 2005 at 09:33 | #2

    Well said.

    In theory, feminism developed to promote *equality* between the genders.  That some have used it as a club to argue that Men=Bad, Womyn=Best is as ugly as male chauvanism.

  3. WeeDram
    February 22, 2005 at 20:46 | #3

    The link to the speech (http://www.president.harvard.edu/speeches/2005/nber.html&quot ;)   is bad or the page has been removed.  Mabye it was the politically correct thing to do.

  4. February 22, 2005 at 22:09 | #4

    I wish I could blame it on a conspiracy but it’s just my flaky HTML code … I left out a quote mark.  It should work now.  :red:

  5. February 24, 2005 at 22:49 | #5

    Actually, third wave feminism is really leaning towards an everybody-ism sort of stance…I wonder why they dont just rename it.

  6. February 24, 2005 at 23:15 | #6

    I’ve read some stuff on feminist epistemology and feminist philosophy of science.  If the views expressed in those areas are representative of third wave feminism (in the suggestion that most, if not all, points of view are equally valid) then I still think the position isn’t particularly tenable.  However, I admit that third wave feminism and the form of feminism that shows up in academic work might be completely unrelated and I just made a faulty assumption.  Actually Shana, you have to explain third wave feminism to me, I think I crossed over the line to talking out of my ass.

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