Supporting Transgender Young People – this Scottish policy document sounds good and is well-intentioned. But what considerations might help schools to implement this without causing fights and making matters worse through fear-mongery, authoritarian implementation, and backlash?
If you’re fed up with “true self” authenticity dogma, clap your hands.
Pinker will be accused by many of Western triumphalism. Arguably it’s the miserabilist critics of modernity that are more smug, because implicitly they take progress for granted, whereas Pinker recognizes it as exceptional and in need of interpreting.
The Oxfam Haiti scandal is bad, but there’s no need for a moral panic. This calls for reasonable debate about the rights and wrongs of sexual encounters, and about how relief agencies balance risks of harms against the likelihood of doing good. Let’s see what positive moral clarity we can arrive at by asking a few reasonable but awkward questions.
The World Economic Forum produces reports on female disadvantage that are mislabeled as ‘Gender Gap Reports’. They ignore self-reported wellbeing, and explicitly discount any male disadvantages. If you’re not scandalized and offended by that, well you should be.
101 apocalyptic revelations you didn’t expect from happiness research – and the counter-revelations that keep the game going. You didn’t know? Oh I think you did.
Can temptation be enjoyable in its own right? Isn’t it sometimes good to give in to temptations? The Pope says the Lord’s prayer unfairly blames God, rather than the Devil, for leading humans into temptation. Theological sophistries aside, might there be some benefit in a global conversation about what temptation is all about, and what roles it plays in the good life?
Will the UK’s ‘Race Disparity Audit’ be used intelligently and constructively? Not if our Prime Minister Theresa May has anything to do with it. We have here a textbook example of why ‘fighting injustice’ may be a dangerous distraction from the more important and constructive tasks of promoting wellbeing and social harmony.
What did the Romans ever do for us? … There can be no intellectual or moral excuse for claiming that colonialism was either all good, or all bad. Authors and signatories of the petition against Gilley should be hanging their heads in shame and weeping at their own lack of moral fibre.
This week’s controversy over James Caspian’s ‘politically incorrect’ plans for research on sex change regrets highlights the need for nonmiserabilist ethical debate. What was needed here was balanced assessment looking at not just the possible harms, but also the likely benefits of that research. Equally, research on sex change must consider not only risks and disappointments, but also aspirations and benefits.