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Critically Examining the doctrine of gender identity - YouTube
A presentation by Rebecca Reilly-Cooper for Coventry Skeptics. The Q&A (linked from the description) is interesting too.

A concept of gender identity which is entirely exhausted by "I am what I say I am" doesn't stand up to the scrutiny of a professional philosopher like Reilly-Cooper, and I hadn't realised that people were saying things like "my penis is a female sex organ, because I am female" (as opposed to saying "it's a woman's, because I am a woman").

I do wonder how much harm is being done by people believing wacky things in this case, though: is it common for males to cynically claiming to be women in order to harass women?
gender  sex  feminism  identity  identity-politics  biology  philosophy 
march 2016 by pw201
Ken MacLeod – Socialism and transhumanism
"The challenge for humanists and liberals in the face of a transhuman future is daunting: to replace the socialist project — or to revive it. Without something like it to underpin a sense of common human identity and common human interest, people will divide on the basis of other identities. Many on the left, of course, have found in identity politics a replacement for the universalism of their past. But identity can also be seized on by the far right. It can feed a resentful indifference to the plight of others that comes from having one’s own plight disregarded."
socialism  politics  transhumanism  ken-macleod  identity-politics  humanism 
may 2015 by pw201
The Utopian · Paris, 2015
“Down with Putin. Down with the Patriarch. Down with the Pope. Down with the self-styled progressives who have abandoned the liberatory spirit of 1968 in favor of the regulatory spirit of identitarianism.”
left  politics  identity-politics  liberalism  free-speech 
january 2015 by pw201
On ableist language
Why you shouldn't call the Conservative cuts "crazy". I found this very helpful.
satire  identity-politics  disability  politics 
february 2011 by pw201

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