Is This Reality?

I’m working my way through my backlog of podcasts, leftover from my trip to the US, and currently am listening to Slate’s Culture Gabfest. The show discusses Karl Knausgård’s piece My Saga in the New York Times Magazine. When Dana Stevens calls the piece self-indulgent and solipsistic, Stephen Metcalf defends it, arguing that Knausgård was … [Read more…]

The Dish’s Feminism Problem

If you read Andrew Sullivan’s website, The Dish, you might be familiar with his latest controversy over feminism and SJWs. In short, Sullivan thinks that Twitter working with activists to clamp down on threats of death and violence will lead to censorship. Sullivan isn’t exactly known for his championship of women’s rights, or really, the … [Read more…]

The Language Of The Other

“Othering” is a pretty basic psychological trick used to create distance between people. “We are different from them.” “They aren’t like us.” “Those people.” Its use ranges from the absurd to the serious. Sitcoms use to to poke fun at just how different men and women are. Racists use it to justify their hatred. The … [Read more…]