What do you think? An Open Thread and an Unhappy Update

What are you thinking about?  Reading?  Writing?

Is there any good fiction you’d like to recommend?  Ways of taking a vacation without a lot of  travel? 

Some very good links show up in comments on this blog.  Here are two good  ones:

From Combat Barbie:

FeminineMstique Says:

That’s really nice for her, but it does nothing to counter the perception that underneath it all, every woman wants to be seen as feminine and girly.

It also does nothing to draw attention to the huge problem of misogyny and sexual violence within the army.

Read the post on the f word about soldiers and pin ups… http://www.thefword.org.uk/blog/2008/07/mod_but_the_boy which generated 28 comments with a range of perspectives.

From Th:e Second Snort

sally Says:

A group of philosophers has put together a wiki to collect some of the research and other resources that was originally identified by the ADVANCE team at UM, headed by Abby Stewart, including a bibliography on evaluation bias. Here is the URL:
Note that because it is a wiki, you can add stuff to it.
Also check out the ADVANCE website, which includes lots of great stuff:
If you have trouble finding the articles included in the evaluation bias bibliography, report that here in the comments and I’ll try to find a way to post them without obviously violating copyright.

The unhappy update: I’ve removed three comments; an initial one and two of my own which referenced it. I am uncertain about whether I have acted appropriately. The initial comment was a pretty thorough going attack on me. Unlike another recent one, it was signed. However, it was extremely negative. To wit:

JJ: … I think that you should step down from your current role as a contributor to this blog. … Your most recent gesture in this vein was exceedingly racist.. I think your pettiness, defensiveness, and vindictiveness combine to make you an inappropriate person for the role you play on this blog and a poor representative of feminism, as well as philosophy.

Having thought an excessive amount of time about what to do about this, I decided it presented me with a trilemma, which is the sort of thing philosophers are comfortable thinking about. The trilemma consists in three unacceptable actions that seem to occupy the whole space of possible actions. And then I discovered a 4th, which resovles the problem. It really is so nice to think of personal crises in terms of their logical structure. (That’s a joke.)
1. It is unacceptable for me to censure negative remarks about myself.
2. It is unacceptable for me to mount a defense of myself in this arena.
3. It is unacceptable for me to let highly negative attacks on me to remain in a public space without a response.

Then the resolution occurred to me: put all the stuff in a web box and let Jender decide when she gets back. So that’s what’s happening.

However, there is a remaining issue. The comment of mine that was judged as “exceedingly racist” was, I think, an aside about “some Islamic countries” which I said were right from some perspectives. That may have been taken as ironic. I probably should have stressed, and want to stress now, that many people in and from Islamic countries are very unhappy, to say the least, about the West’s easy assumption of its moral superiority. And Westerners who become more well acquainted with Islamic cultures can express the same attitude. On this blog we have sometimes expressed concern about some actions that harmed particular women in specific Islamic countries. It would be really not right to assume we were dismissing the whole of “Islamic thought.”