How #TheTriggering Hashtag Backfired

I used Keyhole to track the data for the hashtag on Twitter over the range of March 9th to March 13th, which resulted in less than 80 posts with a fair percentage of these posts being multiple posts by the same user. The highest posts were made by conservative politicians and celebrities, but the tag was also used to advocate for white supremacy.

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What PornMD’s Search Stream Says About The Internet

Massive content warning for offensive language of all varieties.

For those of you familiar, PornMD has a live ticker in which you can see the search results, live and in real time, of various users of their websites. It has three categories – straight, gay, and “shemale” (yikes). It’s consistent. It’s bizarre. You could probably make a drinking game out of it if you want to. And like most information dumps, it says a lot about the people who use the site.

When you open a link to a search results page and the first result is “illegal,” you might want to consider your life choices and clear your search history.

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The Importance of Atheist Non-Profits

I was requested to do an article on the FFRF (Freedom From Religion Foundation) and I decided I would take a slightly broader scope on a small think piece and propose a couple of reasons why online atheist educational non-profits as a whole are important, both to theist allies of marginalized groups subject to religious discrimination and atheist people.

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Shitposting and Identity

What is “shitposting?” Know Your Meme, a compendium of online memes, defines shitposting as thus.

“Shitposting” is an Internet slang term describing a range of user misbehaviors and rhetoric on forums and message boards that are intended to derail a conversation off-topic, including thread jacking, circlejerking and non-commercial spamming.

– “Know Your Meme”

I would like to posit that shitposting is a little bit more of a broad term. Shitposting as a whole tends to be off-the-cuff, nihilistic (and borderline defeatist) borrowing themes from everything up to and including postmodern literature. It often comments on universal themes, including relationships, politics, and economics, but does so in a blissfully unaware fashion.

Know Your Meme puts the birth of shitposting as early 2007, but it’s very difficult to define when exactly shitposting became a major mode of communication. I’m more familiar with Tumblr and Twitter versions of shitposting, in which some people (including myself) will dedicate entire channels to shitposting. It’s fun, it’s inane, and I believe it actually facilitates communication among diverse groups of individuals by reducing complex topics down into an easily-digestable, humorous quips.

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Cowardice and Privilege: Some Thoughts on Roosh V

“A gang is where a coward goes to hide.” – Mickey Mantle

There have been many criticisms of the bulk body of feminism (or, rather, the second and third wave feminisms in which people are most familiar with) by people who identify as men, claiming that advocation of “safe spaces” (or, rather, the strawman concept that most people think is a safe space) or even feminism as a whole coddles women and other marginalized groups.

But in all reality, those arguments are spouted from a nest of settled, longstanding privilege. When examined closely, the demands of marginalized groups for safe spaces and respect come from a position of long endured abuse and struggle, and often those who are privileged who encounter even the slightest opposition are quick to return to the safe spaces that have been established for them and that they refuse to recognize.

Whether or not you agree with various forms of discourse, it is unquestionable that marginalized groups do suffer and tolerate backlash better than non-marginalized groups. Whether that group is demarcated by race, gender, sexuality, or class, privileged individuals have a nasty habit of advocating violence while being unable to handle violence directed at them.

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What’s Your Half Hour?

Featured image by Benjamin Brage

I am blogging with a group of other bloggers in a group attempt at being better bloggers.

I have a lot of experience with blogging, but a lot of you do not, so I decided that I might want to talk about your “sphere of influence,” because a lot of you are unaware of what you can and can’t do. Also, consider this my introductory post, because a lot of you have also posted introductory posts and I haven’t really done that yet.

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A Short Opinion on “The Right to Privacy”

When you enter a public sphere, you give up your right to privacy. This is true regardless of whether or not this public sphere is virtual or physical – when you post speech on the internet, you do not have a right to anonymity.

You do not give up your right to personal safety. If you receive threats, or harassment, you have the right to object to them and respond accordingly. Those same people who send you threats are also giving up their right to privacy, as they are participating through public communication.

My first immediate thought as an example would be men who send lewd pictures and messages to others via through Instagram to models. Many are retaliating by doxxing (leaking information regarding the person’s actual identity) to girlfriends and family of those people. This is entirely legal, and there is no expectation of the right to privacy of these men.

I clearly wholeheartedly support this, but I wanted to know your opinion! Feel free to comment.

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A New Copernican Shift: Dissecting Gender through A Privilege Shift

Featured image: Nicolas Raymond, “Rainbow Planet

AN: A “Copernican shift” refers to when information is re-examined from a different perspective in order to gain a new understanding about the world.

Most people are familiar with a European conception of gender – a dichotomy, usually assigned at birth, based on external genitalia and divided into a set of discreet skills and interests. Below is a quick video, which explains the difference between cisgender and transgender, both terms I will be using in this post.

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