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“I’m going to go ahead and assume that everyone reading this knows that white women have a historical tendency to live and act in racist ways. It was true when the suffragettes intentionally excluded black women in order to appear more respectable to the white men in power, and it was true this last year as white women voted against the interests of women of color and opened the doors of the White House to Donald Trump’s administration…”

“But, do you (talking to white women here) ever notice that progressive white women’s conversations on the topic of race never seem to meet up with our personal lives?…”

“Because progressive white women aren’t really talking with each other about the ways that race and racism are shaping our own lives, we’ve developed some major blind spots, and as we set out to actively resist the evil currently spewing from White House I think we’re missing something huge…”

“If it is not progressive white women’s job to figure out how to engage liberal, moderate and conservative white women in ways that actually dismantle both our and their racism, then whose job is it?…”

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Let’s get strategic: White women in resistance to the Trump cultural-political machine  Hilary Jerome Scarsella at Women in theology Blog.


“I suspect most aren’t at all familiar with Saartjie Baartman’s story, or are even aware of the derogatory “Hottentot Venus.” In a way, I actually envy those who’ll be seeing the film ignorant of the real-life story it’s based on. Most importantly, it means that one is less likely to spend time comparing the film’s details to what they know of the historic figure the characterization is inspired by. I can only imagine what their reactions would be, but I expect sharply contrasting sets of opinions.”…


“I’m left with conflicting thoughts on the film, and I wasn’t even sure how I would review the film. I feel like I could write volumes on the experience I had watching it. But maybe that’s all a good thing. I think a second viewing might be helpful in clarifying my thoughts. If anything, it’s not a film one walks out of the theater and immediately forgets. Other reviews I’ve read thus far have expressed concern about the film being hard to watch – not because it’s a bad film, but due to the contemptible scenarios Baartman lived through as explicitly documented in the film.”

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“Venus Noire” (“Black Venus” – Controversial Hottentot Venus Film) Will Screen At Pan African Film Fest ⇒ Tambay A. Obenson at Indiewire

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“What should I do with my sexual freedom? This isn’t a question that everyone gets to ask. To have sexual freedom is to have real privilege, and on first glance, it might appear to be something that everybody would want. Who wouldn’t wish for such a gleaming horizon of sexual possibility?…

“Sex endlessly lends itself to suggestion, fantasy, implication, talking around, not about – to think we are engaging in deception by not being explicit about it in our online dating dismisses the very many subtle ways in which it can otherwise be part of the conversation, and the many ways you can also negotiate the various things you might want or need from someone.”…

“Yet Emily Witt, the author of Future Sex, had been brought up to believe – as many of us of a certain background are – that there comes a point in life when to have this freedom is in fact a bit of a mistake.”

“In any case, Witt never instantly damns or praises what she finds, and it’s a pleasure to read a writer who is so alive to ambiguity, and who can so smartly tease out the contradictions and absurdities of such complex sexualities. When she turns her attention to live webcams, she amusingly finds they’re not only a fairly tame world but also strangely reminiscent of crap experimental theatre.”

Read more in:

Future Sex by Emily Witt ⇒ Book reviewed by Eli Lee at Minor Literatures

[Emily Witt has written for The New Yorker, n+1, The New York Times, and the London Review of Books. She studied at Brown University, Columbia University, and the University of Cambridge and was a Fulbright Scholar in Mozambique. She grew up in Minneapolis and lives in Brooklyn.
Eli Lee (@els) is Fiction Editor at minor literature[s]]


“According to Hameroff, our souls are built of something much more fundamental than neurons,” says Morgan Freeman introducing Hameroff’s quantum consciousness theory in a recent episode of Through the Wormhole. “They are constructed from the very fabric of the universe.” Dr. Hameroff claims, “I believe that consciousness, or its immediate precursor proto-consciousness, has been in the universe all along, perhaps from the Big Bang.”

“RU Sirius’ acceler8or posted a blunt critique by James Kent: “As someone who writes regularly on aspects of the brain and consciousness, I have recently received a large amount of correspondence from people wondering what I think about a news article linking consciousness to quantum gravity in cellular microtubules, and how this model could offer “proof” of the soul’s ability to survive outside the body through some kind of nonlocal quantum hocus-pocus. Even though this theory is presented purely as an exercise in theoretical mathematics, because it was suggested by Roger Penrose, a lauded and respected mathematician and philosopher, many people have jumped to the conclusion that this theory is not only correct, but that it somehow “proves” that consciousness is eternal, immutable, and can travel in and out of the body like a soul. My personal take on the theory is that it is garbage disguised as science, and not only is it wrong, it perpetuates a myth of consciousness that philosophers have been using to mislead gullible believers for centuries…”

Read more in (with reader’s comments): 

Is consciousness a quantum mystery? Giulio Prisco at Institute of Ethics and Emerging Technology Blog

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“When you invite someone into your bed, you’re also inviting them into the shadowy parts of your brain and heart.” …

A study done last year by Canadian psychology researchers found that people who score highly on measures of altruism — “selfless concern for the well-being of others” — tend to have more sexual partners than less altruistic folks, as well as higher self-reported desirability to others and greater frequency of sex when in a relationship. The study authors posit that altruism is an evolutionarily attractive trait and therefore gets you laid, a finding many of us can corroborate from times we’ve swooned over nice people. But I wonder if this correlation’s causation might go the other way, too: Maybe having more sexual partners can make you more empathetic and altruistic over time.”

“Sex lets us see other humans stripped naked, both literally and psychologically. It shows us the beauty in one another’s flawed, fleshy bodies. Someone you might deem a schlub on the subway can seem ethereally, life-changingly gorgeous when they’re writhing in your bed. And by seeing others in that golden light, we can learn to extend forgiveness to ourselves, too. Each time I run my hands reverently along someone’s furry, chubby body, each time I elicit a joyfully ugly noise from someone while they’re coming, each time I tell someone his uncooperative boner is no big deal and mean it, I get better at loving and accepting not only my fellow human beings, but also myself.”

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Kate Sloan

Being Slutty Made Me More Empathetic ⇒ kate Sloan  at Medium


“Still, it’s hard not to feel that a world in which we are all online, but only talking within our distinct language and culture groups, is somehow falling short of the utopian vision of the internet exemplified by John Perry Barlow’s famous decree: “We will create a civilization of the Mind in Cyberspace. May it be more humane and fair than the world your governments have made before.”…

“As an adult, using a language as a native speaker means effortlessly following an array of rules that dictate what is and is not allowed, even when we’re not aware that we follow them. We can instantly recognize sentences we’ve never seen before as either grammatical or ungrammatical. And then, beyond the grammatical acceptability of a sentence, we know if it makes sense — a distinction that linguists have made their careers on.” …

“Machine translation, however good, is not going to be a silver bullet for uniting disparate communities online, but it’s still an amazing addition to our ability to communicate. Perhaps the true civilization of the mind, rather than being a uniform mass of consciousness, is instead a place where we speak different languages, yet are still understood.”

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Corin Faife

The Web Divided: Will machine translation ever bring us together? ⇒ Corin Faife at Medium


“Because of their innocent approach to things, do children make good philosophers? Or do they lack the equipment for clear-thinking? Is exposure to philosophy good for children? Or will it undermine their sense of security? John and Ken welcome Jana Mohr Lone, founder and director of the Northwest Center for Philosophy for Children at the University of Washington. Together they’ll put some classic philosophical questions about Mind/Body, Personal Identity, Ethics, and Social Philosophy to a live — and questioning — audience of Seattle schoolchildren.” …

“John begins by asking Ken if children have anything to teach philosophers about philosophy, other than teaching the virtue of patience. Aristotle believed that our minds start as a “blank slate,” waiting to be filled with education. But, if children start out as a blank slate, why should we think that they have anything philosophical to share? Ken thinks that children are in many ways better equipped for philosophy, precisely because of the “blankness of their slates.” College philosophy classes spend most of their time tearing away at what we think we know. Children are natural philosophers, ready to question everything (perhaps even your intelligence), down to the very substance of reality itself. …

Jana Mohr Lone joins the conversation. She believes that we all have a philosophical self, including kids as young as five years old. This philosophical self is unfortunately left out when it comes to formal education. Jana’s work tries to change this imbalance by discussing philosophical issues with kids of all ages, from kindergarten to high school. And everyone, kids and adults alike, seem to love debating the issues, perhaps even as much as John and Ken.”

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Philosophy Talk

Philosophy for Children at Philosophy Talk Blog.

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