censorship

  • Politics

    This is What Threats to Free Speech Actually Look Like

    Twitter’s recent permanent ban of professional troll Milo Yiannopoulos and his followers’ indignant cries of censorship are the most recent (and highest-profile) example of a phenomenon that has existed for years across countless blogs and internet communities. The pervasive–but entirely entirely incorrect–notion that anyone can say whatever vile garbage they want on any platform they choose without suffering any consequences is so common on…

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  • Featured

    The Uncensorship Project: Abortion Edition

    TW: Hate speech (esp. racism and misogyny), death threats, and other violent rhetoric. It will surprise no one that Rebecca Watson’s “Planned Parenthood is Not Selling Baby Parts, You Fucking Idiots” led to a flood of comments, emails, and tweets of outrage as well as the usual accusations of censorship for moderating comments and muting or blocking tweets. If you…

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  • Feminism

    The (Un)Censorship Project: Live from the Fascist Menstrual Hut

    I started the (Un)Censorship Project as an old-timey highlight reel of sorts for the best of the worst comments, emails, and tweets we get on the Skepchick Network. As every U.S. citizen knows, our Founding Fathers proclaimed the inalienable right to have a commenting platform on someone else’s blog, and the corollary that once invited in to comment, you couldn’t…

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  • Meta Stuff

    ICYMI: October 20 – October 26 on the Skepchick Network

    Teen Skepchick Science Genius: Hip Hop Remixes Science There’s a new pilot program using hip hop to teach science. What do you think? The Physics Philes, lesson 70: Gravity. It’s the Law! The first of many posts on gravity, undeniably the best fundamental force. The Pseudoscience of Victim Blaming: You’re Not Healthy Enough, AKA The Mike Adams Eddy argues that…

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  • Activism

    UK Parliament Will Tackle Libel Reform!

    Huge news out of the UK today: the Queen has announced that Parliament will finally reform the horrific libel and defamation laws that have caused untold amounts of damage to free speech throughout the state. You may recall that a few years back, Simon Singh was sued for libel by the British Chiropractic Association, who, like many who sue for…

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  • AI: Master Debating

    Each Wednesday’s Afternoon Inquisition is presented by the previous winner of the Comment o’ the Week. Today’s question comes courtesy of Bookitty, who writes: +++ Lately, I’ve been discussing the West Bend, WI library saga. To my shocked surprise, some people agree with the frothing Christian would-be censors. Their argument is a well-worn emotional appeal – “Won’t someone think of…

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  • Hair Ad Banned For Being “Offensive to Religion”

    Despite the recent abolishment of UK blasphemy laws (blas for me, blas for you, blas for everyone!), the Advertising Standards Authority is still taking a dim view of marketing which “causes offense” to Christians. Yes, we’re all thinking it. What happened to ‘turn the other cheek’? This week, the victim of sensitivity is new hairstyling brand ghd, whose “a new…

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  • Hair Ad Banned For Being "Offensive to Religion"

    Despite the recent abolishment of UK blasphemy laws (blas for me, blas for you, blas for everyone!), the Advertising Standards Authority is still taking a dim view of marketing which “causes offense” to Christians. Yes, we’re all thinking it. What happened to ‘turn the other cheek’? This week, the victim of sensitivity is new hairstyling brand ghd, whose “a new…

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