Organised Skepticism’s Entitled Boys Problem

During the evening entertainment at a skeptic conference I once attended, a feminist comedian was performing a brilliant routine when the question ‘can we be skeptical of feminists?’ appeared on the conference hashtag Continue reading Organised Skepticism’s Entitled Boys Problem

Get Your Tits Out For The Ghosts

I suppose that if you’re the kind of person who thinks ghosts are real it is also sort-of logical that male ghosts still objectify women (both dead or alive). In fact, we know for sure that men who are  alive objectify the ghosts of women, so why wouldn’t male ghosts be the same? Right…? Continue reading Get Your Tits Out For The Ghosts

The Snubbing of Tatchell

The Guardian report that the LGBT officer for the National Union of Students (NUS), Fran Cowling, declined to share a platform with Peter Tatchell at an upcoming talk on the subject of ‘re-radicalising queers’. The first I heard of this was from various social media posts from people outraged that Peter Tatchell, of all people, had been no-platformed. This wasn’t the case though as he hasn’t been denied a platform and Cowling has simply stated in correspondence with the event organisers that she would not share a platform with him. Continue reading The Snubbing of Tatchell

Free Speech Is Bittersweet And That’s The Whole Point

When I started Project Barnum (the now defunct online resource into how to spot psychic trickery) I did so with a petition that urged theatres and performance venues to not host psychic stage shows. At the time there was some controversy with people suggesting that the petition was calling for the censorship of psychics (something Deborah Hyde suggested in an interview at the time) but that wasn’t the case. Continue reading Free Speech Is Bittersweet And That’s The Whole Point