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The 'Sore Winners' Fallacy

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 04.10.2014 | Gay Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

Those who call gay people intolerant for defending ourselves are twisting the concept beyond recognition. Civility is a virtue; but tolerance does not require us to treat a relentless assault against our rights as citizens like a disagreement at the dinner table.

'Kindly Inquisitors' and How We All Lose the 'Offendedness Sweepstakes'

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Greg Lukianoff

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the publication of a modern classic explaining the importance of free speech in society. In Kindly Inquisito...

The Introvert Strikes Back? The Newfound Cool of Being Introverted

Sandip Roy | Posted 10.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Sandip Roy

It's almost as if after years of being in the closet, the introvert is coming out with a vengeance. And it's almost cool to be a little bit of an introvert.

Marital Privilege: A 'New' Conversation About Gay Progress

Heather Laine Talley | Posted 05.11.2013 | Gay Voices
Heather Laine Talley

This "conversation" between members of the (heretofore homophobic) right and the gays makes two things startlingly clear. First, marriage makes for strange bedfellows, and second, marriage equality will not lead to the dismantling but rather a morphing of heterosexual privilege.

Let's Talk: Straight Talk on Gay Marriage

Jonathan Rauch | Posted 04.14.2013 | Gay Voices
Jonathan Rauch

2013-02-12-300x70_blog_lets_talkcopy.pngGays are raising kids, straights are raising kids. Gays are marrying, straights are marrying. Could this be an "amazing moment" when the gay and straight family and marriage agendas converge? Is such a coalition even possible?

Why Banning Offensive Speech on Campus Fails (VIDEO)

Will Creeley | Posted 01.29.2013 | College
Will Creeley

Censoring offensive speech is the wrong answer, particularly on our nation's college campuses. After all, the college campus has traditionally been an arena for debate and dialogue, and has been deemed by the Supreme Court to be "peculiarly the 'marketplace of ideas.'"

Does Harvard Want Bold Thinkers or Good Little Boys and Girls?

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 11.07.2011 | College
Greg Lukianoff

Harvard has missed something that I fear much of our society has lost sight of: Even if by some weird and lucky coincidence we happened to be right about every belief we cherish, we nevertheless tend not to understand why we hold those values until they are challenged.

(R)Evolutions

Paula Gordon | Posted 08.27.2011 | Politics
Paula Gordon

Thanks to New York, the land of the free is now a little bit freer. I can almost see Lady Liberty pushing open our nation's doors a bit wider, welcoming people in these often dis-united states to enter that most conservative state of all -- the state of matrimony.

Free Speech, Dangerous Speech, and Scootergate (VIDEO)

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Greg Lukianoff

Unfortunately, commentators have occasionally confused their anger and condemnation of some of the more overheated rhetoric in our political culture with an argument against free speech itself.

Wendy Kaminer, "Hate Speech," and Campus Censorship

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Greg Lukianoff

Check out Wendy Kaminer's great column, "Debating Hate Speech," over at The Atlantic: Last week I engaged in an online Intelligence Squared debate abo...

Is It Possible to Be Against Same-Sex Marriage Without Being Homophobic?

Carlos A. Ball | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Carlos A. Ball

Without factual support, it is becoming less and less tenable for opponents of same-sex marriage to argue that their positions are not influenced by a dislike of gay people and their intimate relationships.

Jonathan Rauch on Why Free Speech Is Even More Important Than You Thought (Video)

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Greg Lukianoff

In this video, Jonathan Rauch eloquently explains how attempts to punish or silence opinions that we may find offensive are short-sighted, foolish, and ultimately undermine, not help, the rights of minorities.

Like Your Time Alone? Then This Post is For You

Bella DePaulo | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Bella DePaulo

I live in the most ordinary American household - I live alone. Knock on any door in the nation and you are more likely to find a household like mine t...