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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

"There is no coherent, principled defense of the stance that transgender identity is legitimate but transracial is not."

There was a moment, not that long ago actually, when transgender identity was not a "thing" in that sense either. Is [the] contention that we should accept transgender identity only because it is now publicly recognized? If so, the circularity is obvious, and the lack of acceptance arguably only a matter of time. Transgender wasn't always a thing – just ask Christine Jorgensen.

But the more serious charge is the moral one, that "It's pretty clear: Dolezal has lied." But here too, it's not clear what's so clear. Is the point supposed to be that Dolezal is lying when she says she identifies as black? Or is it that being black has nothing to do with how you identify? The problem with the first claim is obvious – how do they know? And on what grounds does Jenner get to be telling the truth and Dolezal not?

Saturday, June 27, 2015

A technical article about a study which showed differences in the brain structure of East Asians and Westerners. read more

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Zhao Wei, one of the most famous stars in China, has been sued for staring too intensely at the plaintiff through the television screen.

New regulations making it more difficult for courts to reject lawsuits went into effect May 1, leading to an increase in cases nationwide last month of 29 percent compared with same period last year. The registration system requires courts to accept legitimate lawsuits when they're filed or clearly state the reasons for rejecting them, and citizens have the right to appeal the decisions.

It was previously difficult for administrative cases, such as people suing governments, to be accepted.

Saturday, May 09, 2015

Authorities in northwestern China's Xinjiang region have ordered shop owners and restaurateurs in a mainly Muslim Uyghur village to sell alcohol and cigarettes or face closure of their establishments. In the Islamic faith, the Quran refers to the use of intoxicants, such as alcohol, as a "sin" and prohibited by God, while many Muslims discourage smoking cigarettes because of a reference in the holy book that instructs adherents to refrain from participating in any self-destructive practices. read more

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

A court in southern Russia has sentenced three young women to brief jail terms for making a video showing them twerking next to a World War II memorial, a month before Russia celebrates the 70th anniversary of the Allies' victory in World War II.

This is a second twerking scandal in Russia in less than two weeks. Last week a probe was launched into a dance school after a YouTube video of female schoolgirls dressed as bees and twerking in a sexually suggestive Winnie the Pooh routine sparked outrage.


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