Now that’s an apology! A lesson for Komen

In a comment on the post on lovely pictures , I noted that the site,, had a revolting article on what a shame it was that another site took so much heat for encouraging men to rape women.  The other site is is a site run by UK university men and it’s apparently a lot about football.  Curiosity got the better of me, so I went over to the site just to see.   What I encountered is some apology all right!

Komen Foundation, look at a good way to make an apology that people will believe.  In your case, replacing those behind the decision not to fund Planned Parenthood would be a similar apology.

Enough on Komen from me!

Reader query, on “nature”

UPDATE:  Whoops!  I failed to include the writer’s comment that he is teaching an environmental ethics class!  I wondered why so many of the suggestions were about sex, heh.  Okay, back to the request–  Help an instructor out if you can, and if you would, consider offering articles regarding how to engage in conceptual discussion of nature that would specifically help out environmental ethics students:

I’d like to assign a paper (or set of papers) that explicitly engage the
concept of “nature” or “the natural”.  Authors in the literature as
well as my students often claim that something is unnatural (and
therefore bad or wrong).  I’d like to help my students interrogate
what such claims mean by trying to figure out what it means to say
that something is natural in the first place.  Off the top of your
head, can you recommend any papers or book chapters that would help do

I already floated a reading possibility, which is the first chapter of Peter Wenz’s Nature’s Keeper.  But I’m certain the reader would appreciate suggestions of articles, feminist works, online sources… Feel free!

Call for members: Wilfrid Sellars Society

Carl Sachs writes:

This society could be of interest to philosophers working in perception, language, intentionality, epistemology, philosophy of science, metaphysics, and the history of philosophy (esp. Kant and Hegel).

As the WSS is just being formed now, we’d like to have greater representation by women philosophers from the very beginning.

Here’s the website.

Affirmative action, math, and women’s participation

From the arts technica blog: “A new study indicates that policy-based initiatives can increase women’s participation and competitiveness in math and the quality of the resulting work. The particular experiment performed by Loukas Balafoutas and Matthias Sutter, released February 2 by Science, involved three methods that provided an initial advantage to women in a math competition. The authors found that, in each case, women entered the competitions more readily, but the aggregate performance of the participants was unaffected, and sometimes even improved.”

Read “Affirmative action for women in math contests boosts participation without dropping results”here.

The study itself is in Science, 2012. DOI: 10.1126/science.1211180.

Thanks TD.