Surely 700 scientists named Steve can’t be wrong

The National Centre for Science Education in the U.S. has recently announced that there are now 700 scientists named [Steve Jones] who have publicly agreed: Evolution is a vital, well-supported, unifying principle of the biological sciences, and the scientific evidence is overwhelmingly in favour of the idea that all living things share a common ancestry.

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Some things never change

Council can rein in city spending and have fun

Lane, Bob. Nanaimo Daily News [Nanaimo, B.C]13 Dec 2013: A.6.
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On cats

Cats should be governed the same way as dogs:

SS: Gender Apathy: Another identity or just lazy?


People have always had the tendency to fit our behaviour, beliefs, and states of being into boxes. We’re easier to understand that way. Gender is one of them. As the only part of the gender-sex-orientation triad that is generally agreed to be within our control, we choose to be regarded as more or less male or female with varying degrees of consciousness, and enjoy or suffer the effects accordingly. In the middle the spectrum of gender lies an ever-growing list of nonbinary positions; gender fluid, gender bending, pangender, gender neutral, and agender to name a few. These days, the question of “What is your gender identity?” is not so simple.

For the purposes of fair representation, let’s talk about those people outside the spectrum (if such a place exists), who, through lack of consideration, don’t take any position. The gender-apathetic. You wouldn’t have heard of them because they don’t care enough to make their presence known. They are neither loud, proud, nor out. When asked to define their gender identity, they’d probably default to their sex with a questionmark inflection before quickly changing the subject.

The gender apathetic cannot be said to be gender neutral, agender, or genderless. Where agender is like bald as a hair color, gender apathy is more like the floating teapot in space; maybe it’s there, but they’re not thinking about it. Not only is gender totally uninformative to who they are, but the question of how their gender influences any part of their hobbies, choices, interactions, is not even raised in the minds. The gender-apathetic don’t go to any lengths to show their genderlessness either, but may do something gender-bending for other personal reasons.

Says one cis-male who “guesses” would describe himself as gender-apathetic, “I don’t really think about it. Maybe that’s a function of me wearing nailpolish. It makes me happy, so I do it. And if I had the option of growing long, luxurious hair, I’d want to explore that.”

People who are gender apathetic tend to be unphased by gendered comments (insofar as they are supposed to apply to them) because they don’t particularly identify as to which they refer. Nor do they feel discriminated against (even when they are) for being their gender. They feel no pull into joining any gender-pride groups, and do things considered against gender norms without much considering it. The idea of a “coming out” as agender seems absurd.

Not to say that identifying as a gender isn’t valid, social construct or not. Says a cis-female, “My family was really open to gender fluidity and sexuality, so naturally we experimented, and I particularly questioned what was and wasn’t male or female. Now more settled and older, I don’t need to try on identity. I’m female.  I think inner confusion of how an individual relates to their world determines how much they consider their gender before finding the one that fits. Then they stop thinking about it so much.” She adds, “I do wish I had more experience that made me more classically female, like bra shopping or how to wear makeup.”

So, what do you think? Is gender apathy another identity, an impossibility, or more like gender equity apathy: a way to avoid participating in a fight for human rights in a world where gender discrimination is real. Or, is the norm we should all be striving for in this crazy new counterproductive world of identity politics?

I for one really don’t care. I was asked to write this.


We are looking for reviewers for Phenomenological Reviews: http://reviews.ophen.org/

Please see below a list of titles. If you would like to review one of the below titles, please e-mail us at reviews@ophen.org. The deadline for the reviews is August 30, 2018.

Contributions should normally be between 4000-5000 words in length. Footnotes should be kept to a minimum.

  1.      Francesco Alfieri, Friedrich-Wilhelm von Herrmann: Martin Heidegger. La vérité sur ses «Cahiers noirs», Gallimard, 2018
  2.      Max Beck: Günther Anders’ Gelegenheitsphilosophie: Exilerfahrung – Begriff – Form, Azioni Parallele, 2018
  3.      Don Beith: The Birth of Sense: Generative Passivity in Merleau-Ponty’s Philosophy, Ohio University Press, 2018
  4.      Lenart Škof, Petri Berndtson (Eds.): Atmospheres of Breathing, SUNY Press, 2018

  5.      Markus Enders (Hg.): Selbstgebung und Selbstgegebenheit: Zur Bedeutung eines universalen Phänomens, Alber Verlag, 2018

  6.      Pierre Guenancia: La voie de la conscience, Husserl, Sartre, Merleau-Ponty, Ricœur. Une histoire personnelle de la philosophie, Puf, 2018

  7.      Andrew Haas: Unity and Aspect, Königshausen & Neumann, 2018

  8.      J. Edward Hackett: Persons and Values in Pragmatic Phenomenology: Explorations in Moral Metaphysics, Vernon Press, 2018

  9.      Uriah Kriegel: Brentano’s Philosophical System: Mind, Being, Value, Oxford University Press, 2018

10.  Nathan R. B. Loewen: Beyond the Problem of Evil: Derrida and Anglophone Philosophy of Religion, Lexington Books, 2018

11.  Carmen López Sáenz: La hermenéutica filosófica de H-G. Gadamer en busca de la verdad, Dykinson, 2018

12.  Hans Rainer Sepp: Philosophie der imaginären Dinge, Königshausen & Neumann, 2018

13.  Mohammad Shafiei: Meaning and Intentionality. A Dialogical Approach, College Publications, 2018

14.  Gilbert Simondon: La résolution des problèmes, Puf, 2018

15.  William L. Remley: Jean-Paul Sartre’s Anarchist Philosophy, Bloomsbury, 2018

16.  Inga Römer: Das Begehren der reinen praktischen Vernunft: Kants Ethik in phänomenologischer Sicht, Meiner, 2018

17.  Christian Rößner: Der “Grenzgott der Moral”: Eine phänomenologische Relektüre von Immanuel Kants praktischer Metaphysik im Ausgang von Emmanuel Levinas, Karl Alber Verlag, 2018

18.  Oliver Thorndike: Kant’s Transition Project and Late Philosophy: Connecting the Opus postumum and Metaphysics of Morals, Bloomsbury, 2018

19.  Peter Trawny: Heidegger, une introduction critique, Seuil, 2017


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Iulian Apostolescu
University of Bucharest
Phenomenological Reviews, Co-Editor-in-Chief

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