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David Whitlock
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Exactly the problem with a top-down power structure.  It seeks to protect the powerful in the power structure at the expense of the non-powerful in the power structure.

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Explanation of how Conservatives arrive at their talking points.

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This is why the Senate is justified in ending the 60 votes for closure.  If the GOP can do this in the House, the GOP have shown themselves to be traitors.

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After what the GOP did in the House, with their rule change making Ryan the only one who can bring the bill to the floor, changing this in the Senate is justified. 

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This is such a great idea for Marvel and for women (and men too).

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This is the same management strategy that did Enron in.

Make everything about “competition” between individuals and you incentivize people to sabotage their co-workers. It is always easier to compete via sabotage than via creating. Anyone can sabotage.

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This is what people of good will are trying to accomplish, a society where we can all live together in peace and happiness.

I just realized why issues of consent for sex are so controversial in Skepticism.

Because the default mindset in Skepticism is always “I don't know”.

If you haven't asked the question “do you want to have sex with me” in unambiguous terms and in a place and under circumstances where your potential partner feels safe enough to say “no”, or even “hell NO!”, then you are doing it wrong and are not a Skeptic and you don't care whether a “yes” or “no” is voluntary and uncoerced.

That is why there was so much push back against +Rebecca Watson  in elevator gate when she said “guys don't do that”. She wasn't telling guys to never ask women if they want to have sex, she was saying only ask that question at a time and in a place and under circumstances where a woman would feel completely safe to say “no”, because if she doesn't feel safe, then it is coercive. Maybe not as coercive as gamma-hydroxybutyrate, a knife or a firearm, but it is still coercive.

This isn't a big deal for guys who are mature in their Skepticism. They use cognition and reason to determine their actions. They only know things by going from facts to conclusions by using valid logic. If you don't have an unambiguous answer to an unambiguous question, as a Skeptic you have to default to “I don't know”.

This is also why there is so much push back. Because in Skepticism, the default is always “I don't know”. Skepticism should be a place where if a woman is unconscious and so obviously can't say “yes, I want to have sex with this specific person who has asked”, she has not consented to sex. If she is cognitively impaired by excess alcohol, she has not consented to sex.

Once you explain it, it becomes, “oh right, duh”, like many things in Skepticism. Of course, non-skeptics want to maintain their non-skeptical world view because they benefit from it by having sex with women who have not consented to having sex with them. All Skeptics are better off without them. Certainly female skeptics would be better off, but so would male skeptics. If every place where there are Skeptics becomes a safe and non-coercive place, then everyone of good will benefits.

There will continue to be push-back by pseudo-skeptics. They will continue to gas-light, to confuse, to increase the noise-to-signal ratio so they can use their real default, “all that matters is what I want”.

That is the whole point of the misogyny. To increase the “noise” so that even non-misogynists are perceived to be misogynistic. If misogynists make women feel unsafe everywhere, then there is no place that non-misogynists can ask them if they want to have sex. Misogynists don't care about the answer, so it doesn't matter to them. A toxic environment only inhibits the non-misogynists.
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