Here is a list of all my opinions.
Well, ok, not all of them, but some I think are important. It's not my normal sort of post; I'm a private person, and I don't have much stake in other people knowing my opinions. I offer them if I think they will be found useful or interesting, but usually it's no loss to me if people don't know what I think about something. Recently, however, I have been reminded that I really should, now and then, stand up and be seen on one or the other side of one line or another. Not because I care what anyone thinks, or think anyone cares, but because I don't like assumption. I don't want to be assumed to be or think something I am not or don't. I also don't want anyone thinking there is one fewer person on their side than there really is, or one fewer willing to stand in opposition.
So here is a list of considered opinions, in no particular order. This is not an invitation to debate, nor any kind of attack on those who disagree, just a statement of where I am standing right now. This is also an opportunity to stop following me if it turns out my values are too opposed to your own. No hard feelings. (But really, I hope you stick around, it's no fun only talking to people who agree with you.)
- It's more complicated than that. Always.
- I am bisexual. More or less. That, like virtually every label for sexual orientation, is shallow and misleading, but it will do for now. And by the way, I don't care if my, or anyone else's orientation or preference is innate or a choice - these things aren't wrong, and it is not wrong to choose them. I am not being excused from some sin on the basis that it wasn't my fault. (See also the entire spectrum of gender expression.)
- I am sex-positive. Sex is great. Seriously, have you tried sex? I mean it's really good. It's also not sinful, wrong, degrading, or shameful. The sooner our culture gets its collective head out of its collective puritanical ass about it, the better off we'll all be.
- Reduce to a fundamental organizational principle, not a fundamental problem statement.
- I stand with Planned Parenthood. What they do is important. The vast majority of what they do is good old fashioned run of the mill health care for people who really need it. The rest of what they do? That other unseemly stuff? I stand with that too. Abortion is a lot of things, including often necessary, but more than anything else, what it is, is none of my business. Nor yours, nor society's. It, like all birth control, needs to be available and accessible - because women are human beings with the right of self-determination, not chattel.
- Science works. You're welcome to argue with its conclusions all you like, but if you want me to take you seriously, you'd better bring one hell of an argument against logic, math and empirical data. Or, ideally, just bring better science.
- I can take or leave the Oxford comma, it all just depends on the context and whether I think it flows better. There, I said it.
- Black lives matter.
- We dehumanize that which we hate, and that which we wish others to hate on our behalf. I trust no one who asserts or implies that any person or group of people is less than human.
- I'm glad gay people can get married now, but I think the whole concept of government-sanctioned marriage is a relic we can do without. Personal partnership among consenting adults who share a stake in each other's lives is worth supporting as a society with legal protections - no matter how many people are involved, whether they have sex, or what kind of sex they have. It's a matter of contract, not intimacy. Marriage, on the other hand, that beautiful ceremony of personal commitment, should be between you, your partner(s) and Elvis, divorced from legal ramifications.
- Tom Baker is the real Doctor.
- I believe in transparency, in open source and open protocols and open standards. I believe it is vitally important that we develop a truly open, free, transparent and level infrastructure for our ever more technological society. Technological infrastructure, but also cultural, governmental, social - I believe we should all be able to pop the cover off the machine to see how it works and make improvements.
- The world is, slowly, getting better on almost every axis of human well-being. That's not my opinion, that's just data . My opinion is that there are still gaping holes in that distribution of well-being, and deep institutional flaws that still threaten to drag us backward. I think we can and should attack those flaws at every opportunity, and strive to fill the holes wherever we find them.
- I don't believe in gods or other supernatural things. I think there are useful as well as terrible things to be found in religion, but I am not a believer. If there is evidence, at least in principle, then we're in the realm of science; if evidence, in principle, cannot be provided, then it is of no consequence whether it exists or not.
- It's much simpler than you are making it out to be. Always.
- Fuck cancer.