vaishino asked: Is Joyce gonna drag Dorothy to see Kirk Cameron save Christmas?
that movie doesn’t exist in the dumbiverse because it is a more just universe than the one we live in
- male game designer: hey maybe we should treat women like people
- male gamer: how could you say these things... i trusted you... i have lost a hero on this day
You ever think that whole “action figures of female characters don’t sell” argument that certain companies trot out is sort of self-fulfilling because these companies, I don’t know, never release these characters to begin with.
I hope the recent Hasbro poll and the process that led to the creation of Windblade’s character and accompanying toy in the Transformers franchise shows that there’s a clear demand for more representation of female characters across all toylines.
Every year, I try to do at least two things with my students at least once. First, I make a point of addressing them as “philosophers” – a bit cheesy, but hopefully it encourages active learning.
Secondly, I say something like this: “I’m sure you’ve heard the expression ‘everyone is entitled to their opinion.’ Perhaps you’ve even said it yourself, maybe to head off an argument or bring one to a close. Well, as soon as you walk into this room, it’s no longer true. You are not entitled to your opinion. You are only entitled to what you can argue for.”
A bit harsh? Perhaps, but philosophy teachers owe it to our students to teach them how to construct and defend an argument – and to recognize when a belief has become indefensible.
The problem with “I’m entitled to my opinion” is that, all too often, it’s used to shelter beliefs that should have been abandoned. It becomes shorthand for “I can say or think whatever I like” – and by extension, continuing to argue is somehow disrespectful. And this attitude feeds, I suggest, into the false equivalence between experts and non-experts that is an increasingly pernicious feature of our public discourse.— No, you’re not entitled to your opinion (via kiransingh)