choosing to put yourself at risk

In the current cultural climate, critiquing the alleged ‘privilege’ various people possess as a means of judging the legitimacy of their values and behaviours is commonplace. For example, consider this common scenario. Many straight men expect to have unprotected sex with women without caring about contraception (which they view as women’s responsibility) and without suffering any negative consequences (such as an unwanted pregnancy).…

you don’t have an inalienable right to breed

Animals living in a state of nature reproduce according to their nature and the limits of their habitat. People, in contrast, mostly live not in states of nature but in political states and societies. Our reproductive freedom to have unplanned (and sometimes unwanted) children imposes a financial burden on the state (and thus taxpayers), which becomes responsible for financially supporting custodial parents in the absence of support from the other biological parent, or in providing for children when both parents are unable to.…

the meaninglessness of marriage laws

I’ve been getting steadily more bored and disinterested in current discussions about marriage in Australia. The debate about gay marriage is important in terms of equality, and I support equality. What I don’t support is stupidity and pointlessness. I wrote about the pointlessness of marriage laws five years ago and it has become more pointless since then.…

the hypocrisy of anti-sex feminism, or why women will never stop men masturbating

The recent article Porn hurts women, so say the partners of users annoyed me greatly. Apart from the usual anti-sex, anti-porn rhetoric, what annoyed me the most was the rampant hypocrisy and double standards it espouses.

The author, Petra Bueskens, critiques Bettina Arndt’s 2011 article Porn is not a dirty word, wherein Arndt discusses men’s use of pornography and their confusion about why women appear to dislike this.…