The Republic of T.

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Weekly Reading

I’ll confess. Everything that’s been posted today was actually written last night and scheduled to go up today. That’s mainly because I need to rest today. I’ve been typing so much that my carpal tunnel or, as I like to call it, “Blogger’s Wrist,” is flaring up. I wore a wrist brace most of the day yesterday and decided to take a day off from blogging, and give my right arm a break.

In the meantime, if you haven’t checked out the “What I’m Reading” block on the sidebar, here’s some highlights from this week. And, yes, some of them do revisit this week’s blogroll brawl. But, that’s what I was reading.

I Blame the Patriarchy – Patriarchy Illustrated

Mysterious blamer La Hedonista sends in this link (scroll down 1/3 of the way to the July 8, 2005 post entitled “Cultures of Domination”; here’s the permalink, but I can’t seem to get it to load the pictures). It’s a riveting and hideous compendium of popular images of Patriarchy Through the Ages, described by the unknown blog author as a “continuum, […] a multi-threaded mix of custom and practice, close at hand, in us and around us, that makes the bullying, victimhood and damage of domination seem natural and inevitable.”

[Ed. Note: I’ve grabbed a screen shot of the post in question, as well as most of the individual pictures. (I think.) Here’s the screenshot as a PDF. Now I’m thinking the pictures would make an interesting slideshow.]

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Adventures in Ethics and Science – Hierarchy, meritocracy, the blogosphere, and the real world

Acknowledging the hierarchy — and the power you wield as someone near the top of it — is in tension with maintaining the claim that you got to your position near the top purely on the merits. If you acknowledge that some of you success had to do with help you may have gotten (of a sort that you are not inclined to give to others — ’cause if they’re good enough, they don’t need your help), or that some of it may have been luck, then you can’t take your esteemed position as conclusive evidence that you’re really that good. Indeed, you might be in a position where you’d have to acknowledge that others who may be just as good as you (or better) are out there and unrecognized. You might have to come to grips with the idea that you cannot indefinitely defend you position at the top, at least not on the basis of your merit alone.

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Brilliant Before Breakfast – The Myth of the Centrist Voter

It’s interesting that as we see all the major Republican candidates racing to see how far to the right they can run, the talking heads of the media are all repeating the meme that Democrats must run to the center in order to win. The Republicans are falling all over each other to see which one can be the most supportive of gun rights, the most anti-abortion, the most disgusted by gay marriage. Republicans embrace their base, and Democrats are told to run away from theirs as hard as they can.

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Welcome to Pottersville – Why Your Blog Doesn’t Suck

As my readership inches up, I still don’t feel pressured by a concern for my reputation and political expediency when gradually shaping my blogroll. While who gets on or not is a purely subjective process that I don’t pretend to comprehend, it just isn’t that important to me as regards who gets seen on my blogroll. But it can be quite important to a talented blogger and writer who has some worthwhile thoughts who’s trying to get their own reader base established. And this is something that Duncan Black and the other A listers who’d followed him lemming-like while pushing not themselves over the cliff but the blogs to which they used to link are ignoring. It’s a much more important matter to someone with a readership of 20-200 a day than it is to someone who has long since gotten bored with six figure a day hit counts.

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Keith Boykin – The Education of Terry McMillan

McMillan says she’s not responsible for putting Plummer in the closet, but it’s not that simple. Actually, she is responsible. We all are. Everytime we call someone a fag or strike out against gays and lesbians, we become complicit in society’s homophobia. Our words send a message that gays are not welcome, and that message discourages gay, lesbian and bisexual people from coming out. When they don’t come out, they often feel forced into sham relationships that end up breaking someone’s heart in the long run. So if you really want to do something to stop the lies and the cheating, then you need to do something to stop the climate that encourages that lying and cheating in the first place.

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