October 17, 2014 I have avoided writing much on the nightmare that is #GamerGate because I had little direct experience to contribute, and I hoped that it would die a natural death. But today I found something that has prompted me to speak out. A sock puppet. Before we get to sock puppets… What’s, Read More

I realized something today that had not occurred to me in the thirty years since it had happened. Despite the intervening thirty years, it is remarkable how much the realization stings today. There is a meme circulating on twitter today, #askthemen. Women are posting the kinds of questions that are asked of them in, Read More

There is a particularly hateful article that has been posted on a number of blogs and recently on facebook that I find stunning in its bigotry. [Update June 8, 2013: I had posted the text of the article before but have discovered that people were linking to it directly. I have removed it so that, Read More

With apologies in advance — I try to keep my commentary as neutral as possible, respectful, and generally dispassionate. This is not one of those posts. In an amazing article, Mother Jones reports that Governor Romney told a group of wealthy supporters what he really thinks of Obama supporters. MoJo quotes: There are 47, Read More

I originally wrote and posted this pledge during 2008 campaign season when I had reached my limit of hateful and disrespectful emails from friends, family, colleagues, and acquaintances. Curiously, it is still appropriate today; even more so with the rise in use of facebook and twitter as a means to express political views. Feel, Read More

In the first few definitions, the Urban Dictionary would have you believe that “snark” is a modern term obtained by combining “snide” and “remark”. It certainly has a modern ring to it. But if you persist, you find that Lewis Carroll wrote a story in 1876, called “The Hunting of the Snark”. I find, Read More

Today, June 5, 2012, every single Republican Senator voted against cloture on the Paycheck Fairness Act. The proposed bill would provide avenues of legal redress requiring employers to demonstrate that pay was based on performance, not gender; would prevent employers from retaliating against women who *gasp* ask their colleagues what they make; would make, Read More

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