Some rough thoughts on transness, pronouns, and other things

It would appear that 2018 hasn't gotten off to a great start for this blog. Last year I managed to get down in writing a lot of thoughts on topics I'd been carrying in my head for quite a while. I still have a few more big, general ideas I want to put into words, but it seems that during the last few months I've been very easily distracted by whatever specific controversy passes within my radar (as well as with work and other things), and I can never find the necessary focus to get around to writing what I had in mind. I have had a draft of an essay on the particular hotly-disputed issue of transgender rights and pronoun preferences sitting around since I think sometime in January, and I've decided finally to polish it off a little and turn it into this blog post. Read More...

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A potpourri of microposts

This blog was born at the start of the calendar year 2016, almost two years ago. But I may or may not have mentioned that I run another blog under this pseudonym: my Tumblr blog (although I prefer using the term "tumblelog" for it, for the same reason that "dumbledore" sounds pleasing to my ears), which is exactly one year older, and on which I've made many more posts than here. Read More...

The good, the bad, and the emergent neutral

During parts of college and early graduate school, I got mildly involved with some atheist/agnostic/some-general-category-of-nonbeliever clubs at my universities, primarily out of an appetite for hanging out with other students who wanted to ponder the kind of controversies that most interested me at the time. At around the tail end of this period, when I was preparing to extricate myself from my second university's atheist society for good, I was befriended by a young evangelical Christian who was about to leave the university and start a full-time career in missionary work. His recent approach had been to reach across the aisle and engaging with his ideological opponents: the campus atheists. Read more...