When Parental Rights End aka. Keep the New Ontario Sex-Ed Curriculum

It seems to be a commonly known fact that Western society (and in particular, the USA), hates children. Recently, I have also seen push-back against feminists like myself, who say they hate children. However, in my experience these are two very different types of hatred. My hatred is personal. I think children are sticky and… Continue reading When Parental Rights End aka. Keep the New Ontario Sex-Ed Curriculum

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The Marketplace of Ideas

Last week was a downer (sorry guys). But the world keeps on turning, and I keep on writing, so here we are again. In the past, I've talked about aspects of freedom of speech, and the possible consequences of shunning certain speech. *Which, by the way, when someone shuns your speech or disallows you a… Continue reading The Marketplace of Ideas

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

Dirty Little Secrets: How paranoia about the risks of technology reveals our existing prejudices

So you may have realized by now, but one of the things I find most fascinating about ethics is not just high-level discussion about how we value things, or what we should value, but also how we apply those values and make decisions about things we haven't had enough time to make informed moral opinions about.… Continue reading Dirty Little Secrets: How paranoia about the risks of technology reveals our existing prejudices

The Case of the Artificial Womb: Security of the Person v. Parenthood

As I discussed two weeks ago I believe that technological innovations that enable us to greatly expand the capacities of the human body are by and large beneficial, given conscientious policies that ensure access for all, and in particular, those who are traditionally disadvantaged. However, sometimes new technologies require us to re-examine our existing moral principles… Continue reading The Case of the Artificial Womb: Security of the Person v. Parenthood

Robot Slaves and the Misnomer of Human Rights

Human Rights. We all have them. We think they are important. We wage battles in court, in the public sphere, even in our personal lives because of how passionately we feel about these things that we believe are intrinsic privileges we should have on the basis of our humanness. But is it our humanness that… Continue reading Robot Slaves and the Misnomer of Human Rights