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UPDATE: I’m taking the week off

Posted by Curt on Wednesday, 21 July 2010

I need a little break, so I’ve decided to take a week long break from this blog.  There won’t be anything new for this week, although it doesn’t mean I won’t be working on this blog – I do have something unusual planned for next week. :)

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Mel Gibson’s Whole Outburst

Posted by Curt on Friday, 16 July 2010

If you haven’t heard by now, there’s been some controversy going around over Mel Gibson’s outburst to his ex-girlfriend over the phone, which she recorded and made its way to the media for all to see.  In it, he apparently made threats against her, racist remarks, and the whole works.  And as you can imagine, there’s some backlash over the whole thing so, at the suggestion of a friend, let me give my take over the whole thing.

I know this is old news, but I feel it fits in well from my last post.  I typically understand what others are saying by browsing other blogs real quick and checking out what’s being said from the few people I have on my Twitter.  I do this real quick, so when I see something I don’t really disagree with, I pass it over.  This is one of the cases.  I really don’t disagree with what a lot of feminists are saying about Mel Gibson.  I don’t really understand how anyone could – what Mel Gibson was saying was fucked up. Read the rest of this entry »

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Victim Blaming

Posted by Curt on Wednesday, 14 July 2010

This post could potentially be very controversial, but it needs to be said.  I must insist that if you choose to criticize my stance here to please read this post through very thoroughly.  One’s position on this topic is very easy to misinterpret and no discussion can occur without one made in good faith.

It seems that, particularly in feminist circles, any hint of blaming the victim or suggesting that a victim bears some responsibility for not preventing his or her (mostly her) own victimization is one of the more reprehensible and appalling things one can do, short of being the victimizer.  Indeed, this makes sense – I did write about how, in feminist theory, such attitudes foster an environment in which such crimes may occur more frequently.  In this light, it’s easy to see why individuals who put some blame on a victim, or question a victim’s actions that put him or herself in a position to be victimized are vilified; it’s all a part of the bigger picture to stop such things.

Much of it also comes from simple disgust over giving somebody who’s already violated and hurt an even harder time, especially if they believe the criticizer appears to not fully understand the situation.  It’s all a lot easier said than done.  Hindsight is a bitch.  The victim surely has all of this running through his or her head over and over to the point of a burning exhaustion, are pointing out such things helpful or productive in the slightest? Read the rest of this entry »

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Is Cryonics a “Man Thing”?

Posted by Curt on Monday, 12 July 2010

I was originally going to write this post about something else, but I saw this article written by Amanda Marcotte, who founded and writes at Pandagon, and it was one of the most ridiculous things I’ve read in awhile.  I had to respond.

Through the way she characterizes cryonics, I have to wonder if Amanda’s ever passed middle school science:

“According to Howley, male cryonics enthusiasts outnumber female ones 3 to 1. I suppose this shouldn’t be surprising. Men have the option, especially in our society, to be way more out of touch with their biological realities than women do, and this can make it that much easier to create elaborate fantasies about how the constraints of biology, including decay and death, don’t apply to you. … You’d think [a cryonics advocate would] learn a little more through osmosis about how death and decay are a process and have nothing to do with the cryonic image of death as being not so different than simply putting your computer on ‘hibernate.’” Read the rest of this entry »

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On the Criminalization of Not Making Child Support Payments

Posted by Curt on Friday, 9 July 2010

If there’s one thing I absolutely do not understand, it’s the criminalization of failing to make child support payments.  The purpose of child support is clear: A monthly payment of some kind is required to ensure that the child has adequate funds.  Its purpose is a noble and important one, but when you criminalize it, even give jail time for failing to make these payments, what do they accomplish?  Seriously, if you put an individual behind bars for failing to make their child support payments, they’re hardly going to be in a position to keep on making more.  How is this in any way beneficial to the child in question?  Back payments hardly do the trick for past payments the child needed but did not receive.

To go even further on the point, many jobs will ask questions about whether or not you failed to make child support payments.  It puts a strike on your criminal record.  When that bars an individual from a job where child support payments don’t matter one bit, how exactly is that helping the child?  If anything it’s actually hurting the child by making it more difficult for the individual in question to meet their child support payments.

What do we achieve by criminalizing the failure to meet child support payments? Read the rest of this entry »

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