human rights images, lgbt rights, photography and journalism

Homophobia, A Collection of Images (2)

This may seem like a good time to publish some illustrated commentary about homophobia. It used to be the case that in most countries of the world, homophobia meant outright legal prohibition of homosexuality. And that’s still the case today in some countries. The often grotesque punishments make it even worse. Uganda is now in the spotlight for it’s recent anti-homosexuality legislation. […]

discrimination and hate, equality, human rights images

Homophobia, A Collection of Images

(source, it says – in Polish: “No being gay”, “Healthy, normal families guarantee the future”) (source) (source, more on incitement to violence) (source, I like the “enter wrong way” sign and I wonder if this person consciously chose this particular spot for his anti-gay protest) More on homophobia. More on same-sex marriage. More collections of images.

discrimination and hate, equality, human rights quote

Human Rights Quote (65): Homophobia, Gay Rights, and Gay Marriage

(source) I am tired of seeing ministers who will preach homophobia by day, and then after they’re preaching, when the lights are off they go cruising for trade… We know you’re not preaching the Bible, because if you were preaching the Bible we would have heard from you. We would have heard from you when […]

lies and statistics, statistics

Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics (45): Anonymity in Surveys Changes Survey Results

Whether interviewees are given anonymity or not makes a big difference in survey results: When people are assured of anonymity, it turns out, a lot more of them will acknowledge that they have had same-sex experiences and that they don’t entirely identify as heterosexual. But it also turns out that when people are assured of […]

comedy, political jokes and funny quotes

Political Jokes & Funny Quotes (121): “Anus is For Defecation!”

I guess this is a version of the “unnatural acts” argument against homosexuality: (source) Around the same time, these people were protesting against nose picking, soccer and several other multifunctional interpretations of the usage of human body parts. While I find this hilarious as an outsider, I understand the joke is lost on victims of homophobia. More […]

culture, ethics of human rights, human rights violations, philosophy

The Ethics of Human Rights (48): Human Rights and Honor

(source) Many human rights violations are perpetrated by people in power for selfish reasons, because they are corrupt or evil, or because they believe they are doing good. In such cases, it often helps to remove those people from their positions of power. Other types of rights violations, however, are deeply ingrained in a society’s […]

economics, human rights promotion, human rights violations, poverty, war

Human Rights Promotion (2): Who Does Most Harm to Human Rights? The Left or the Right?

(source) I can simplify this question a bit and focus on those rights violations that are caused by government action. Moreover, I’ll focus on governments in developed countries and say that those are generally democracies dominated either by left-wing or right-wing political movements, alternating. Now, if I want to judge whether it’s the left or […]

discrimination and hate, freedom, law, limiting free speech

Limiting Free Speech (44): Hate Speech as a Speech Act

(source) As in J.L. Austin’s phrase, “how to do things with words”, we actually do things when we speak. When we use language, we don’t just say things, describe things or communicate, but we also act, very much in the same way as when we pick up a stone or push someone around. When we […]