Neil Sinhababu is a philosopher at the National University in Singapore. After going through his blog and listening to a podcast, and reading one of his papers on Possible Girls, he’s now become someone whom I frequently look up. Sinhababu is an ethical hedonist leaning toward utilitarianism. Indeed, this philosophy spills onto his other works has a nice consistency.
One of his writings is On Obscene Sexual Expressions which I’m very jealous of because it is a well-written piece of work that I have actually been thinking about but I couldn’t exactly put it into writing. Well, Sinhababu did it for me. His writing is accessibly clear and filled with humor. I’ve hardly ever laughed at philosophical writing and Sinhababu has made me laugh, twice. That’s quite an accomplishment. If you look at his graphs, you’ll see why.
Part of the sexual expressions is that calling a girl “whore” and “sluts” is usually demeaning, which I’m sympathetic to, but I go farther and suggest that these words just reinforces gender stereotypes. I know I’ve been meaning to write a post on it, and I promise I will one of these days. But Sinhababu actually says that people should embrace these words because they actually connote positive things. You’ll have to read it to see it. If anything, just read it for a good laugh, but hopefully you may learn something.
Anyways, his blog is now on the left.