Freddie deBoer

Fredrik deBoer
cool but rude
Created 24 Feb 2021
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  • I have not "endorsed hate speech"
    03 Aug 2021about 22 hours ago • < 1 min read • 134 0
    Just a brief note - this post from TechCrunch is pretty bizarre overall, and it really demonstrates the extent to which people in the media don’t even bother to articulate why or how free speech is no...
  • Anatomy of a Bad Idea: Affirmative Consent
    03 Aug 20211 day ago • 7 min read • 74 95
    Affirmative consent is a policy on sexual consent that became a legal requirement in public universities in California in 2014, spread to other schools and states from there, and became a socially and...
  • Nü-Metal and Twilight Are the True Outsider Art, the Only Rebel Poets
    02 Aug 2021 • 12 min read • 81 89
    you may not like it, but this is what true outsider art looks like Recently Bill Simmons, the snark & smarm-peddling LA-by-way-of-Boston bro-guy final boss of the “content” era, put out a documentary ...
  • Digest, 7/31/2021: America I've Given You All and Now I'm Nothing
    31 Jul 2021 • 5 min read • 12 10
    Here and here are the two recent pieces I mentioned where I discuss the practical dimensions of writing for a living. One thing that I forgot to say: my purpose is not to try and talk people out of be...
  • What's a Benefit?
    30 Jul 2021 • < 1 min read • 24 73
    Several people have asked that I respond to this Matt Bruenig post. I think I can best serve them by pointing them in the direction of this old piece of mine where I laid out a lot of my basic case. B...
  • Everything Gawker Existed to Satirize Has Been Destroyed
    29 Jul 2021 • 8 min read • 73 127
    Frequently readers want me to skewer somebody or something, and while I occasionally oblige they usually come away disappointed. You have to be organically motivated to write in anger or the whole thi...
  • Chapter Three
    28 Jul 2021 • 6 min read • 17 0
    Chapter Three It seemed to take forever for Haojing’s eyes to readjust to the light outside the condenser. As she clambered down from the structure and onto the uneven hill it was perched on, she took...
  • I'm Pro-Natalist But Don't Get the Moral Case for Pro-Natalism
    27 Jul 2021 • 2 min read • 27 79
    more… MORE!!! I’m 40 and childless, and I think that there are many unfair ways in which our culture continues to treat childless adults as worthless, ways both grand and subtle. Many people you meet ...
  • Genes Still Matter
    27 Jul 2021 • < 1 min read • 57 80
    For some reason, years ago, I said to myself “I would like to complicate my life by writing about genes, and specifically about genes and intelligence.” It’s been all downhill from there. It all worke...
  • To Slightly Reduce How Much the Internet Sucks, Use Positive Reinforcement
    26 Jul 2021 • 22 min read • 70 107
    Two months ago I made a decision about how I wrote here, due in part to the desires of readers and people I admire. The results have been, from a readership perspective and likely a financial one, cle...