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This post will probably piss off a lot of people. Please tell me how hot your rage is in the comments section :)

Friends, I am a huge fan of Laci Green. Her ‘Sex+’ videos are a must see. She fights the good fight against sexism, homophobia and rape culture and she does it in a way that is accessible without losing any fidelity.

She says important things, and says them well.

But the recent James Franco ‘almost sex’ scandal has raised an issue on which I think Laci, and a lot of my other fellow feminists, have gotten something badly wrong.

And what’s worse I think they are adding to our society’s repressive attitude towards sex. continue reading…

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what the foucault

Michel Foucault and Noam Chomsky were two of the greatest minds of the 20th century.

(Chomsky is still one of the greatest minds of the 21st)

But they didn’t really get along. They disagreed on a number of issues that were key to their respective ideologies and had some pretty intense debates on these issues. In fact even today some supporters of Foucault tend to dislike Chomsky (whereas most supporters of Chomsky tend to not give a shit).

One of the major issues of disagreement related to power, its expression and its perpetuation.

Chomksy believes that power is directed from above (in western democracies this means via influence over institutions of power, particularly politics and the media).

Foucault believed that power arose from below, through the ways in which the things we say endlessly feed off and reinforce each other in the collective communication process that results in the arising of a Discourse.

So Chomsky believes that the powerful tell us what to think while Foucault believes that we all tell each other what to think.

Clearly these two approaches are different, but which is right? Both of these men are geniuses and both of these ideas are brilliant.

Well, I actually think that they are both right, and that if you put their ideas together you can gain a much better understanding of the way the world really works. continue reading…

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Don't worry everyone: he has since had a hair cut.

I find watching the emerging news coverage of Cablegate fascinating because it offers a wonderful opportunity to watch how the powerful slowly start mutating a news story to suit their own ends.

For example Sky News just had a report where they called the latest leak a “gift to terrorists” because it gave a list of vulnerable areas around the globe which, if attacked, could have devastating consequences for America. They even called on a respected terrorism expert, John Gearson, to explain how dangerous the new leak is.

Heck, is it any wonder that Wikileaks is becoming utterly despised around the globe?

Except…it isn’t.

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