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An Open Letter to the Members of the United Brotherhood of the Fraternity of the Y-Chromosome

Gentlemen, we need to have a conversation about feminism, privilege, and ourselves.

Ask a libertarian: gay marriage and religious freedom

The Supreme Court last Friday issued their decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, removing all laws and state amendments denying marriage licenses to gay couples. Voices in the religious right, from Republican presidential hopefuls to public officials to religious leaders, all lined up to claim the decision violates their religious liberties. The ACLU announced it would no longer defend religious freedom laws like the Religious Freedom Restoration Act because "religious liberty doesn’t mean the right to discriminate or to impose one’s views on others."

On inclusivity and tolerance

Last Wednesday, Elia Schito tweeted from his personal account, apparently referring to gender reassignment surgery:

The Snowden hit piece author ironically explains why we need Snowden

CNN aired an interview with the Sunday Times' correspondent Tom Harper about his journalism-free Edward Snowden hit piece (behind a paywall - here's the full text) from yesterday:

A thought on public transportation

Over at The Atlantic's CityLab, they present a chart and some thoughts on a Brookings Institution analysis of losses-per-passenger in U.S. subway and metropolitan rail projects. Unsurprisingly, they all lose money. Surprisingly, some of them lose a lot of money. They note that the small, dense, center-of-the-city operations tend to fare better than those systems with tendrils stretching out into the suburbs.

Gender and cultural bias in the programming world

Almost as soon as it had happened, my Twitter feed was abuzz with the keynote talk that Jacob Kaplan-Moss gave on how the internal mythology of programmer skill distribution leads to excluding and discouraging what must be the vast majority of software engineers. You should watch it, if you haven't:

CNN International romanticizes Cuban poverty

CNN International wrote a piece romanticizing slum tourism in Cuba this morning, lamenting that with the weakening of the US' embargo against Cuba and the inevitable end to that embargo, the timeless 1950's vintage character of Havana will wither away once American investors begin developing and modernizing the island nation. From the article:

Risk calculus, gender, and blame

As outlined with appropriate outrage over at the Frisky Fairy, FetLife, the social networking website for kink and fetish enthusiasts, finds itself in a bit of a firestorm with its members over its complacency or ineptitude at protecting its users' privacy, insofar as such things are possible.

Free Association, the Long Forgotten Right

The Indiana version of the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act has gotten far more attention than I'm sure its crafters anticipated. The pro-GLBTQ left excoriated Indiana as having passed a law thinly veiled to support individual bigotry against homosexuals and other non-heteronormative identities by invoking the tenets of religion.