Heina Dadabhoy's Posts

Virginia Republican Makes Excellent Pro-Choice Argument

Virginia Republican Makes Excellent Pro-Choice Argument

The other week, Senator Steve Martin (R – Virginia) received a generic pro-choice Valentine’s Day greeting from the Virginia Pro-Choice Coalition. While being offended and taking action due to that offense is widely reviled among conservatives as a dirty liberal trait, the Senator decided to take to Facebook and express his disgust. I don’t expect to be in the room or will I do a... »

It’s a Slow News Day. Let’s Mock Medical Conditions!

It’s a Slow News Day. Let’s Mock Medical Conditions!

Disclaimer: Before you ask “Well, what did you expect, it’s Fox News?”, read this. Even if it fails to sway you, remember that asking that is condescendingly pretending that I’m the last person on Earth to understand that Fox News is full of crap. In case you missed it, Facebook recently launched the ability for users of the American English version of its product to specif... »

CVS, Tobacco, & Well-Done PR Moves

CVS, Tobacco, & Well-Done PR Moves

It’s quite easy for a corporation to make a move that doesn’t affect their bottom line too badly and is along the lines of public opinion. They make the move, garner the praise, and enjoy the defense of the general public against the few who raise their voices against said move. This is what happened last week, when CVS announced that it would stop selling tobacco products. The move wa... »

From a Former Employee: 5 Reasons #CVSQuits is a Smokescreen

From a Former Employee: 5 Reasons #CVSQuits is a Smokescreen

[Edited for clarity.] This morning, the Internet was all a-twitter about #CVSQuits. CVS Caremark, the company that owns the CVS Pharmacy chain, has announced that CVS stores will be phasing out the sales of tobacco products. The move is an excellent publicity stunt, but, in my view, not terribly meaningful in terms of helping people’s health. Here’s why, based on what I know as a forme... »

I Wasn’t Angry Until You Said I Was: Civility & Its Discontents

I Wasn’t Angry Until You Said I Was: Civility & Its Discontents

I often find myself bringing up matters with people who might have missed their problematic nature. As time passes, I have come to ration my caution and care in such matters far more selectively. It’s draining to run scenarios in my head and try to figure out the exact approach that might circumvent any sort of unpleasant feeling in the person to whom I will be speaking, especially when my e... »

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Grantland’s Apology By the Numbers

Inspiration via one of the thought-provoking piece on the matter at Aoifeschatology. If you aren’t aware of what happened this weekend, The Toast did a link round-up; check the comments for additional takes and resources. Uses of the Word “Mistake:” 15 Uses of the Word “Mistake” in Reference to Actions on the Part of Grantland Writers & Editors: 14 Uses of the Wor... »

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The Trouble with Fake Dating Profiles

Note: For the purposes of this post, heterosexuality is the premise. Things on dating sites are different (i.e. often better) for women seeking women. Men seeking men are often subjected to the same things that women seeking men are subjected to, but I cannot speak for their experiences. I am an accomplished OkCupid counter-troll and I’m not private about it. As a result, every time some int... »

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Atheist Priorities in Fundraising

Consider two examples of crowdfunding projects aimed at atheists. Just before the holidays, Secular Student Alliance announced that it would be matching funds donated to the Los Angeles-based Women’s Leadership Project. As stated on its Indiegogo page, Women’s Leadership Project (WLP) fills a vacuum in a school district that has few programs that specifically address the intersection o... »

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