Inclusion in Design

Most of my friends would say I'm an imaginative person. This isn't to brag, as its a skill I have cultivated, and one that is necessary to being a writer and a philosopher. It's a skill that enables me to look at an issue from a variety of viewpoints and extrapolate possible consequences, and pick… Continue reading Inclusion in Design

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Duties at the End of the World

You might have realized by now that I am a weird person who thinks about strange things. From some of my other articles you might also have deduced that I am a rabid feminist, and personally do not want to reproduce, in addition to being pro-choice. These characteristics all came together and led me to… Continue reading Duties at the End of the World

What Women Owe to Men

Literally nothing. The end. (But I'm going to engage anyways, so read on.) ~~~~ *Trigger Warning*: This blog made me feel creepy all over just writing it. Please take care of yourselves and don't engage if you can't. I won't mind. ~~~~ There's been a lot of talk recently in the wake of the Toronto… Continue reading What Women Owe to Men

Anticipating Challenges: The Ethics of Deepfake Revenge Porn

Ethical questions are by their very nature intersectional questions. They ask us to consider contexts, think about  a wide range of outcomes and implications, and require a deep understanding of predictive thinking which usually involves consultation with expert sources on the subject. Today, I have a whammy of an intersectional ethical problem for you in… Continue reading Anticipating Challenges: The Ethics of Deepfake Revenge Porn

Sexthical Theories

Okay, you got me. I am a human being who is generally aware of trends, news cycles, and hawt topics of the day. However, I am also a sex-positive woman, and an ethicist and so today I'm gonna throw my #metoo hat into the ring and we are going to talk about sex and ethics.… Continue reading Sexthical Theories

Rights Talk and Oppression

In the past, I've discussed different conceptions of "rights"- what rights mean, how they conflict, and how sometimes rights look and talk like rights, but when you dig a little deeper they become murky not-quite-rights. Ours is a world of conflict, and the world of rights talk reflects that, so today I'm going to talk… Continue reading Rights Talk and Oppression

AI Ethics: On the invisibility and reproduction of bias

An ethics report was recently published by the AI Now Institute looking at some of the ethical problems that still exist with AI, which are not being considered by tech companies, nor enforced by governmental agents. The paper divides the ethical issues caused by the proliferation of AI into 4 broad categories: Labor and Automation, Bias… Continue reading AI Ethics: On the invisibility and reproduction of bias

Theories of Disability: Why Paradigm Analysis is Important

Something that's been really interesting for me writing these posts is how fucking cool bodies are. I mean, I always knew bodies were cool. I have been a dancer since I was 4, and an aerialist since I was 20, and even if I can't do all the coolest shit, I know some amazing humans who… Continue reading Theories of Disability: Why Paradigm Analysis is Important

When Freedom is not Free

We've been talking a lot about freedom, whether or not freedom exists, the freedom to exercise one's autonomy, and to be free from paternalistic influences. I've argued in the past that generally speaking individuals should be able to choose the way their lives go, even if others don't agree with their choices, and even if… Continue reading When Freedom is not Free

Transcending Self Interest

In many ways, the study of ethics (especially any ethics with a feminist bent) is the study of relationships: relationships between individuals, relationships between individuals and society, relationships between power and oppression, relationships between who we are and what we value, and relationships between ourselves and the environment we inhabit. In popular culture and media,… Continue reading Transcending Self Interest