Seduction, Inc

Photo by Cultura/REX/Shutterstock The pickup industry mates market logic with the arts of seduction – turning human intimacy into hard labour by Rachel O’Neill is a fellow in the department of Media and Communications at London School of Economics and Political Science. She is the author of Seduction: Men, Masculinity and Mediated Intimacy (2018). She lives in London. Edited by Sally Davies Striding from the back of the conference room, the trainer calls for our attention. He asks everyone to explain why they’re here. The first student stands up: ‘I’ve come to get hands-on experience.’ After a pause, he adds: ‘Obviously, if I get … Continue reading Seduction, Inc

Against moral sainthood

Photo by Angus R Shamal/Gallery Stock As philosopher Susan Wolf argues, life is far more meaningful and rich if we do not aim at being morally perfect by Daniel Callcut is a freelance writer and philosopher. He is the editor of Reading Bernard Williams (2009). He lives in Stamford, United Kingdom. Edited by Nigel Warburton ‘I am glad,’ wrote the acclaimed American philosopher Susan Wolf, ‘that neither I nor those about whom I care most’ are ‘moral saints’. This declaration is one of the opening remarks of a landmark essay in which Wolf imagines what it would be like to be morally perfect. If … Continue reading Against moral sainthood

This Is When I Realized I Had to Cut Ties With My Mother

Luca Pierro / Stocksy The “last-straw incident” describes the moment of clarity people have when they know a relationship needs to end. By Harriet Brown This is an excerpt from Harriet Brown’s new book, Shadow Daughter: A Memoir of Estrangement, a memoir that also looks at other people’s experiences and the research on family estrangement. The summer after my older daughter turned eighteen was one of the worst seasons of my life. The very worst had been four years earlier, when she was diagnosed with anorexia and we spent more than a year battling that terrifying disease. She got better then, though not … Continue reading This Is When I Realized I Had to Cut Ties With My Mother

Unreal: Actor Brad Pitt’s charity under legal assault by ungrateful New Orleans residents after he built them homes following Hurricane Katrina

by: JD Heyes (Natural News) There is a saying that goes, “No good deed goes unpunished.”  Exhibit A: Actor Brad Pitt and his charity, Make It Right. In April 2006, following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina the previous August which completely destroyed entire sections of New Orleans including most of the Ninth Ward, Pitt, and his charity came to the rescue of those who lost everything including their homes to the storm. They made a simple promise: To build low-cost, eco-friendly housing for as many residents as possible, to give them and their families a second shot at life. By 2016, NBC News reported, the … Continue reading Unreal: Actor Brad Pitt’s charity under legal assault by ungrateful New Orleans residents after he built them homes following Hurricane Katrina

The Dangers of Diluted Buddhism

Jeremy Bishop | https://tricy.cl/2F8WJMv Some charismatic leaders take advantage of Western misconceptions rather than correct them, a Tibetan Buddhist teacher from the UK argues. By Lama Jampa Thaye In today’s Western society, where the dominant cultural systems are failing to provide explanations for life’s philosophical questions, a space has opened up that Buddhism is uniquely suited to address. It is crucial, however, that the temptation to assimilate Buddhism to the ruling ideologies of our age—scientism, ideological fanaticism, and a ruthless self-absorption masquerading as spirituality—be resisted. Such temptations lead to what we might term “fake Buddhism.” Though this has many features, perhaps … Continue reading The Dangers of Diluted Buddhism

New Rules for Men

By Matt Patterson And so we have arrived, in the Brett Kavanaugh affair, the inevitable and ultimate apotheosis of #MeToo – the vilification of men qua men. Now, one accusation alone – no matter how unsubstantiated and uncorroborated – is enough to ruin a man’s reputation, nullify his accomplishments and erase his opportunities…for life.  This is apparently the standard set, and accepted, by roughly half of the country as represented by the Democrat party. We have thus entered something new and dangerous.  And in light of this new reality, new rules for men vis a vis the opposite sex are required. Here are some baseline suggestions: Don’t hire women.  … Continue reading New Rules for Men

Monogamy May Be Even More Difficult For Women Than it Is For Men

image edited by Fernando Kaskais Experts are challenging long-held ideas about gender and fidelity. By Justin Lehmiller, PhD It’s a widely held belief that monogamy comes more naturally to women than it does to men. A lot of people subscribe to a narrative that says the sexes are just “wired” differently, with women having evolved to be monogamous and men to be promiscuous. There’s just one problem with this line of thinking—it’s not true, according author Wednesday Martin’s latest book. In UNTRUE: Why Nearly Everything We Believe About Women, Lust, and Infidelity is Wrong and How the New Science Can Set Us Free , Martin … Continue reading Monogamy May Be Even More Difficult For Women Than it Is For Men