Nick Ford does not agree with me.

One of my favorite people, Nick Ford, wrote a charitable and thoughtful response to my latest FEE article about, as he put it, “overthrowing capitalism and abolishing jobs through machine learning and automation.” Nick: “If that sounds weird to you, well that’s Cathy.” He knows me. (And he loves me anyway.) My argument is essentially … [Read more…]

Inauguration day. I don’t do irony. So optimism is all I’ve got.

A few days ago my friend Gina Luttrell wrote, “Anecdotally, I am finding that optimism about Trump’s presidency correlates pretty well to the amount of privilege one has + the ignorance/denial of others’ lack thereof. That sucks.” I find this observation both fair and unhelpful. Or, I guess I should say probably pretty accurate and … [Read more…]

Kicking people who disagree with me out of my movement is childish and I’m starting to get over it.

Apparently the #WomensMarch disinvited a group of women who call themselves “New Wave Feminists” who wants to use the state to keep women from legally obtaining abortions (because there’s nothing newer than forcing women to carry to term!). Which then reignited the debate over the terms “pro-life” and “pro-choice.” It seems to me that all … [Read more…]

Is This Eugenics?

The “is this eugenics?” argument reminds me of the “is this racism?” argument. One argument people use to justify not calling things racist goes like this. We should reserve the term “racist” for only the most egregious examples. It should not be hurled in the face of mere prejudice or a casual off-color joke. It … [Read more…]

Why I want to get married again

When people whether or not I’m happy I always find it difficult to answer the question. Compared to what? In 2011 career advice blogger Penelope Trunk wrote, “The culmination of my four-year obsession with happiness research is that I think people need to choose between an interesting life or happy life.” The post is a … [Read more…]

Let’s try this again!

Sorry about the weirdness yesterday with the password-protected post. I had written it, published it, decided it shouldn’t be public, but wanted one person to read it, and forgot about the whole “Mailchimp sends out whatever I publish” thing. So here we are. I alluded to personal changes in my follow-up email. I suppose now … [Read more…]

The things I did wrong

This will be an incomplete list. Because putting words to things is powerful. And because my memory is shit. My tendency when things go wrong is generally ego-protection. I carefully consider, dwell upon, all the things other people did wrong to get me where I am. On the other side is self-flagellation. Neither is helpful. … [Read more…]