Words so strong they have splash damage.
I'll just leave this here.

I’ll just leave this here.

When I heard that Sony was cancelling ‘The Interview’ I was pissed off.

This was definitely a case in which the terrorists won, and I wanted to write about it.

But then Sony decided to cave a second time.

And 12 people were murdered in Paris, because other people disagreed with their ideas.

It got me thinking about responsibility and agency.

And I’ve come to the potentially controversial decision that if people want to risk their lives by going to a theatre that might be blown up, or by printing a cartoon that will enrage people, then that is their right, and we have no right to stop them.

And if journalists want to be able to call themselves that then they should probably start posting a few more pictures of Muhammad.

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Sadly, I dug all the way to Margaret Thatcher, who is in hell, and this doesn't seem to be satire.

Sadly, I dug all the way to Margaret Thatcher, who is in hell, and this doesn’t seem to be satire.

Friends, I’m a feminist, and have been one for over a decade.

Yes, I’m a dude, we’ve been over this.

And I am constantly confronted by people who don’t know what feminism is, but have strong opinions about it.

I’m sure you know the type. There the ones who think that feminism is an attempt by women to dominate men, that there is no need for feminism because women and men are now treated equally and so on.

One of the things that this ignorant group often says is that feminists, as a group, hold beliefs that are just crazy.

Those of us who read up on feminist issues know that this isn’t true. But the fact is that in every social movement there will always be a certain number of people who are just plain nuts, and feminism is no exception.

In feminism they make up a small percentage, but they’re still there.

So today, in the interests of fairness, I’m going to discuss a post by a self-identified feminist that is just plain, downright, indefensibly, irredeemably, craaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaazy.

The page is called ‘Radical Wind’ so I shall call her ‘RW’ for simplicity’s sake.

RW is arguing that heterosexual intercourse is always rape.

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I will fight to the death about peaceful solutions to our problems!!!

Friends, when I think back about the titanium cub I used to be I am often dreadfully embarrassed.

The fact is I was kind of a jerk. And for much of my childhood I was, by modern standards, pretty racist and homophobic.

Dedicated readers will probably, upon reading that sentence, have sprayed their coffee all over their computer screens, given my much-documented views on the subjects, but it’s true.

I grew up in Apartheid South Africa. In the 80s! It would’ve been weird if I hadn’t held some pretty messed up beliefs.

But I became the stalwart liberal that I am now by being able to admit when I’m wrong (although up until recently I wasn’t even very good at that). And as you might expect it was a slow, painful road.

Having gone through this transformation I am highly sensitive to the plight of people who are also evolving their views and I have encountered a paradoxical problem.

Often it is my fellow arch-liberals who unintentionally stop people from evolving their views, by imposing unrealistic expectations on them.

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