[This is a Life Advice vent I wrote couple of years ago. I wanted to save it in my blog for easier access.]
I've had some stuff in my head for a long time that I need to organize and get down. I'm male, hetero, almost 30, single. I'm sick and tired of living in a society that perpetuates the unfair double standard that women are beautiful, and men are ugly, simian australopithacines that can be manipulated with sex. All my life, I've wanted to be beautiful, and all my life, I've felt li
Whether you were born in the most privileged part of the US, or the hellhole of Iraq, it seems to be a common sentiment that being a woman in this world is to be unlucky in some regard. Historical patriarchy has had its clear effects on women, which are still felt today. For the purpose of this essay, I'm disregarding the worst places in the world where women are truly denied the most basic of rights. Right here in my home of the US, it's commonly said that women have to fight and work twice as
This entry is sure to upset a few people, though it is not my intention to offend anyone. I simply want to discuss reality as best I can.
I spend a fair amount of time criticizing religion, and writing and arguing for reason and rationality. I do this for many reasons. There's no shortage of reasons to oppose religion. Take your pick. Dogma of any kind is antithetical to conversation, logic, rational thought, and progress. Religion has caused a massive amount of senseless violence, de
I no longer like to identify as any part of the political spectrum, mostly because I believe that identity politics is utterly toxic tribalism that prevents us from talking honestly about issues, but also because I'm finding it increasingly difficult to see anywhere on the spectrum that's a comfortable fit. My views haven't changed much in the last decade, but the political sides sure have. For my whole life, I have considered myself left/liberal, and I still have what I would describe as "cla
I have been avoiding all movie spoilers with a meticulous level of dedication. As soon as the first teaser was released, I began avoiding most pony content. I stayed away from the forums for the most part, and I avoided watching anything pony related on youtube except for older things. I was determined to be completely surprised. I didn't want to know anything about the movie. Absolutely nothing. I wanted to walk into the theater completely blind and just be totally surprised. But earlier
There's no question that we've made an enormous amount of social and scientific progress over the centuries, perhaps most of that progress being in the last half century or so. Even though the current political landscape and discourse can make us feel the contrary, things are definitely the best and most evolved that they've ever been in the history of our species. However, as I see it, there remains one major hurdle that desperately needs to be overcome in the near future: clearing up misconc
Expanding on the recent theme of the last several entries...
I've been meaning to tackle this issue for years, and am just now getting around to it. If you're a gamer, and a regular denizen of the various interwebs, then you've probably heard the name Anita Sarkeesian at some point. (In fact, you're probably sick of hearing that name.) I'm not sure how relevant this issue still is, or if it's drifted away from the spotlight, but for some time, Sarkeesian was making quite a bit of noise a
Today I'd like to talk about transgender issues. I want to try to unravel and dispel as much misinformation as possible because I see so much confusion and frustration surrounding this issue. I also want to try to bridge some gaps and find some common ground between liberals and conservatives because there is a lot of hostility around this subject. My goal is to try to have an honest discussion, get at the facts, and provide my opinions and perspective, all while remaining compassionate and s
During the 56th episode of his Making Sense podcast, entitled "Abusing Dolores", my favorite thinker and philosopher, Sam Harris, explained that it would be monstrously evil to create conscious, artificially intelligent machines that are capable of suffering. To do so would be a highly unethical crime, and would create suffering where there was none before. I completely agree, but I believe this begs a follow-up question--perhaps the most important question ever asked: if it's unethical to cre
I regularly find it utterly bewildering, dismaying, and depressing that the majority of the world seems to believe in ghosts, spirits, and anything else that would fall under the umbrella of the "supernatural" or "paranormal". I certainly do not, because I don't believe in anything on insufficient evidence, and neither should you. Incidentally, this goes for things like astrology and psychics as well. I was tempted to write a separate piece on this, but I don't think there's enough material t
Before reading this essay, please read this preface, which I am writing about nine months later. Of all of the blog entries I've written, this is the only one that I'm not quite certain I can still stand by 100%. A lot of it is okay, but I would definitely change some things and make some revisions if I was to write about this topic today. I'm not quite happy with some of the things I said, and some of the wording. I'll be the first to admit that I am not a gun expert at
Long, thick, full eyelashes are so universally understood as being a feminine feature. When animators want to differentiate two otherwise identical cartoon characters, they add lashes to the female. If you see two identical characters, one with long lashes, and one without, there's no question which one is female. But why? Men don't have eyelashes now? In point of fact, many men have long, thick, full eyelashes. Me, for example. My hairdresser, who is female, is envious of my lashes and often co
I live in a culture (The United States of America) which manages to be obsessed with physical beauty and sexuality, while at the same time demonizing it. No easy feat. It's also no secret where the vilification comes from--it's our religious and puritanical roots. I'm told that not every culture has the bass-ackwards perspective on sex that we do, and that many of those cultures think we're completely bat-sh*t insane. No surprise there. And of course, there are cultures with far more unheal
[This is a Life Advice vent I wrote couple of years ago. I wanted to save it in my blog for easier access.]
Hi, I'm Justin Case. You may remember me from such vents as "Can Men Be Beautiful?". Today, I want to talk about another double standard that really irritates me.
I'm so sick of the continued double standard than men must always do the asking, the proposing, the buying of rings, etc. Often times, women still tend to wait to be asked out and proposed to, and if nothing h
Abortion is a topic that I do not enjoy writing or thinking about. It's something I prefer to avoid, because this debate always seems to end up unpleasant for all involved. Yet, it is vitally important, so I will give my opinion and try my best to say something useful.
I touched on abortion in The Ethics of Life, which I definitely recommend reading as a prerequisite to this, but I feel the topic warrants an entry all its own. Incidentally, I apologize if I repeat things that I already s
So, it's a funny thing--I've been a huge Pony fan for years now, and the franchise is extremely important to me, and yet, I find myself dreading most new episodes, as well as the movie. I just...tend to expect the worst these days, and I'm not entirely sure why. The show has proven that it still has the right stuff, but I guess it has been rockier the past couple of seasons, with more ups and downs. A casual observer would think I'm nuts, and ask why the hell I stick around if I dread new epi
I am young and do not know many things. I do not how to fix political problems, but this I know: we must stop claiming that our political opponents want to destroy our country. Since the election (and probably for my entire life if I had been paying attention), I have read and heard countless times things such as, "liberal progressives will do anything to destroy our country," and "republicans will stop at nothing to destroy our country." It is the same on both sides. The fact is that neither si
Today's entry will not be an original work of my own. Instead of writing one my usual essays, I'd like to share an important work of someone else: Sam Harris's The Fireplace Delusion. I think that this essay is vitally important, and should be read by every single person living in a developed, first world country.
You can either listen to the essay as read by a narrator on youtube (not Sam himself):
Or, alternatively, you may read it on Sam's blog if you wish:
It's a ubiquitous sentiment that love should always be unconditional, but I have never believed this to be true. Moreover, I believe that love is always conditional, whether we admit it or not. Contrary to what is sounds like, this is actually a good thing.
Love always has certain, basic conditions, mostly being that there is still something recognizable to you in the person you love. If a person changes so vastly that there is nothing left of the person you knew and loved, then it would
The late, great Christopher Hitchens is one of my all time favorite writers, speakers, and thinkers. Simply one of my all time heroes. There's scarcely a word he's ever spoken that I disagree with. However, there is one video of him that stumbled across that I found rather disappointing. Before continuing, I highly recommend reading Can Men Be Beautiful? as a prerequisite. If you choose not to, you may find yourself rather lost.
So, assuming you just came from that other blog, you know
I'm sure no one will ever read this, but I'll feel better if I say it.
Earlier today, I walked down to a small shopping center near my house to visit a used book store. In the parking lot, there was a fairly pleasant, average looking young man, close to my age (he looked about mid-20s). He was just milling about. From a fair distance off, he called "Hello" to me. I gave a slight nod, which he may not have even noticed. He then said, "How are you?" Being the shy, cold, mistrustful misanthrop
So, I don't know if this will sound weird or what, and I don't know if anypony else picks up on little details like this, but I love the way Rainbow's voice sometimes sort of breaks when she sings a word starting with the letter "H." Let me clarify. Listen to her short solo in "A True, True Friend." Listen to her line, "Applejack needs your help; she's trying hard doin what she can." Specifically, listen to the way she says "help," and "hard." Her voice sort of breaks/cracks a little, sort of li
I'd like to talk for a few minutes about adult gamers, and the surprising mindset still lingering in a few people today that video games are but a child's toy that a mature adult has no business playing. Considering where I am at the moment, the MLP forums, I'd be willing to make a deal to eat my computer if there's a single person on these forums who harbors this opinion, however, this opinion is still floating around in the world. There are still those who hear about an adult who plays video
Nearly every religion is based on the promise of immortality after death. For as long as humans have existed, we have feared death, and for many, the only solace is the bedtime story that when we die, we will be reunited with loved ones and get to experience everlasting joy in heaven for all eternity. Countless peoples have based their entire lives on ensuring that they are admitted to this paradise when the time arrives. People teach their children what they need to do in order to get into h
In my last piece, I argued that immortality wouldn't be the blessing that it's cracked up to be, but rather a curse. Today, I tackle the opposite side of the same coin: suicide.
My thoughts about suicide are quite simple. I have always believed very firmly in complete bodily autonomy. I believe that your body is the only thing you can ever truly own in the purest sense. No one can tell you what you can and can't do with your own body as long as you're not infringing on the rights of oth