Privilege & The Gap: On Trying and Failing to be a White Friend

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“White people do not think in terms of we. White people have the privilege to interact with the social and political structures of our society as individuals.” John Metta, “I, Racist” If you… Continue reading

#AskELJames: The Poignant & Profitable Martyrdom of E.L. James

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Roman emperors knew a thing or two about how to keep a population happy: bread and circuses. They built a coliseum to do it, complete with cringing Christians and half-starved, rabid lions. While… Continue reading

Moral Hysteria as Public Spectacle

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Firstly, I would like to make my position clear: I’m not a sex worker, I don’t produce pornography, nor do I habitually consume it. Over 20 years ago, I spent a short time… Continue reading

Protest, Riots, Violence and Realities

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First, I’m going to ask you to watch this clip from Zizek’s film ‘A Pervert’s Guide to Ideology’.  Yes, I understand that his language is very dense, so it requires that you listen… Continue reading

The Business of Bigotry, or How To Ruin Your Business and Get Rich

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The headline on CNN reads: “Indiana pizzeria finds itself at the center of ‘religious freedom’ debate” but even this untrue. Memories Pizza, in Walkerton, Indiana, didn’t find itself anywhere. The owners veritably thrust… Continue reading

Tolerance in the Agora: Constitutional Rights and Obfuscations

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There are times I am perfectly willing to examine the philosophical intricacies and readings possible in a law. But I have a problem engaging in this when its purpose is to obfuscate what, when… Continue reading

Why Are Things the Way They Are?

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I’d like to borrow your brain for a bit. Some of you are going to experience a desperate yearning to search out some porn, or read an article on the latest gaming console,… Continue reading

Freedom, Citizenship and the Fear of Domination

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I can pinpoint the moment in my life when I began to have a deep understanding of the concept of citizenship. Oddly enough, it came while sitting stark naked in a huge, domed… Continue reading

Fearmongers Ate My Mom

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Let me tell you a little about my mother. She’s a fantastic woman. Born just before the 30s, she won a scholarship to Julliard at the age of 17. Although she studied classical… Continue reading

Criminality Under the cover of Religion and Ideology, and the Collusion of the Media.

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Lately, I’ve started to bristle every time I hear the word ‘Islamic’. It gets used a lot by the media, mostly by people who aren’t Muslim, have never read the Koran and know… Continue reading