Archive for November, 2011

Same-Sex Marriage

by Jason Stotts

The thing that many people forget about same-sex marriage is that it’s…just marriage.

Marriage should be about love and love takes many forms.

Stolen Paternity

by Jason Stotts

This is one of those stories that makes you feel like you’re reading fiction: not just any fiction, but fiction by an author who is very clever and original.  At least, I wish it were fiction.  For the most part it’s a rather common story: boy meets girl, boy and girl have sex, girl gets knocked up, boy and girl break up, boy pays child support.  The twist?  The man, in this case Joe Pressil from Texas, did not impregnate the girl, Anetria Pressil.  He didn’t originally think he did either and so made Anetria do a paternity test on the twins that were born.  The test confirms that the twins are his.  The twins are, in fact, his.  The twist?  Joe did not, in fact, impregnate Anetria.  Confused?  Apparently, Anetria saved the used condoms from when they were together and convinced an infertility clinic to impregnate her with the sperm.  This was successful and she gave birth to twins, all without the knowledge or consent of Joe.  She then convinced him they were his kids (and again they are, in fact, his kids) and when he wouldn’t take her back, got the court to force him to pay child support. (Houston Press)

It’s so crazy it has to be true.

This raises a lot of questions for me, like: should men always be legally obligated to pay for their genetic offspring? Should there be times when men are released from paternal responsibility?

I think that it depends on the context.  There are at least three cases heres: 1. the case of the man who consented to sex and took no precaution against pregnancy, 2. the case of the man who consented to sex, but who took precaution against pregnancy, and 3. the man who did not consent to sex or to pregnancy.  In the first case, I think that a man actively consents to having children with a woman if he has sex with her and does not use any form of birth control.  This man should be obligated to be responsible for any offspring from that liaison, since he worked to actively impregnate the woman, even if impregnation was not his explicit end.  In the second case, I think the situation is more variable.  The man actively took precautions against pregnancy and, yet, pregnancy still occurred.  Thus, the man cannot be held wholly responsible, since he took positive action to prevent the end that arose.  Nevertheless, he did engage in actions that cause pregnancy and he knew the risks of so doing.  I think this man should usually be held responsible for his offspring.  However, I think that there should be a way for this man to opt out of this.  I think that in order for the man to be properly held responsible, he must be informed of the pregnancy and be given the choice to help support the child or not.  His choice must be binding and must occur at a point at which abortion is still a viable option.  If so, then the woman then has a chance to keep the baby or abort it as she choices and she will know in advance whether she can rely on the man for support.  In cases where the man is not informed until too late due only to ignorance on the part of the woman or the man being unavailable to give consent, then the man should be held responsible.  In the third and last case, I think it is obvious that the man should not be held responsible.

The principle here is that in cases where the man did not actively consent to pregnancy (used protection or did not consent at all), he should be given a choice of whether he wants to support the child.  In cases where he did consent to the child, then he is responsible for it until it is an adult.

A separate question is what we do in a case like this, where a woman is so corrupt that she would connive to impregnate herself with a man’s child just to tie herself to him, even if only financially.  I think that this person should be tried for fraud and theft.  Further, I think the man should have the option of raising the children and if he does not wish to do so, then they should be taken custody of by the state.  Either way, this woman is a criminal and unfit to be a parent.

Objectivist Thanksgiving Carnival

Welcome to the November 24, 2011 edition of the Objectivist Round Up.

When I think of Thanksgiving, I think of a time when family and friends get together to appreciate the good things in the last year and to enjoy the value of good company and good food. Thanksgiving is a holiday when we can rest for a day and appreciate our achievements and the values that we have in our lives.

Ayn Rand also really enjoyed Thanksgiving, saying:

Thanksgiving is a typically American holiday. In spite of its religious form (giving thanks to God for a good harvest), its essential, secular meaning is a celebration of successful production. It is a producers’ holiday. The lavish meal is a symbol of the fact that abundant consumption is the result and reward of production. Abundance is (or was and ought to be) America’s pride—just as it is the pride of American parents that their children need never know starvation. (Lexicon)

So, I hope each of you is having a good day with good food and with good company. Now, without further ado, the carnival!


Rachel Miner presents History Play posted at The Playful Spirit, saying, “I share two games that I have devised for cementing historical knowledge in a playful manner. Both have been fun and effective!”

Edward Cline presents The Storm Troopers of OWS posted at The Rule of Reason, saying, “It would be interesting to draw some parallels between Occupy Wall Street and a phenomenon that preceded and that fed the rise of Nazism and the ascension of Nazi power in Germany. That phenomenon was the post-World War I paramilitary Free Corps (Freikorps), or Freebooters.”

James Hughes presents A Thanksgiving Sermon by Robert G. Ingersoll posted at Temple of the Human Spirit, saying, “An inspiring thanksgiving speech that promotes rational values.”

Ari Armstrong presents Kirk Barbera on the Benevolent Universe Premise posted atFree Colorado, saying, “As part of a fundraiser to put Ayn Rand’s books in the hands of students, Kirk Barbera gave a talk on “The Fountainhead” and its lessons for the benevolent universe premise.”

Santiago and Kelly Valenzuela presents Mercedes-Benz Exec Arrested in Alabama posted at Mother of Exiles, saying, “How are Germans thanked for bringing 22,000 jobs to Alabama? With arrest under Alabama’s awful, new immigration law, of course!”

Kelly Elmore presents Great Trace Chase: Day 2 posted at Reepicheep’s Coracle, saying, “This is the report of the second day of our current roadtrip down the Natchez Trace. The reason I chose this one is that I love the conversation we had about how to face the world with a fun attitude, even when it rains. It sums up one of my life principles, one that I want to teach to my daughter.”

Diana Hsieh presents My Horse Tara, RIP posted at NoodleFood, saying, “This Thanksgiving, I’m grateful for the 11 years that I had with my horse Tara, who died unexpectedly on Tuesday.”

Jason Stotts presents Objectivist Blog Traffic posted at Erosophia, saying, “Do you want to know what kind of reach we Objectivist Bloggers are having? Come and find out! If you want to be included in the list, leave a comment on the post and I’ll add you in.”

Paul Hsieh presents Get Ready For the Feeding Frenzy posted at We Stand FIRM, saying, “As government starts defining what counts as “essential health care benefits”, we can expect the following special interest feeding frenzy. It’s not a pretty sight.”

Ari Armstrong presents Call It Exuberant Friday, Not “Black Friday” posted at The Objective Standard Blog, saying, “”We should call it ‘Exuberant Friday,’ a day for celebrating prosperity, shopping for gifts, and enjoying friends.””

Atul Kapur presents Occupy Wall Street, and Saying Grace on Thanksgiving: What do they have in Common? posted at Wit Lab, saying, “Guess which error both of them are committing. Hint: it’s being caused by their blindness towards the virtue for productivity.”

Joshua Gregg presents Progressivism & Liberty posted at Persona Non Grata, saying, “Progressivism depends for its coherency certain political, moral, and philosophical assumptions which are antithetical to the philosophy of America’s founding; that of Jeffersonian liberty.”


Finally, I’d like to share a message from Jenn Casey, who puts for a great deal of effort to make sure it stays up and running:

The Objectivist Round Up is the only weekly blog carnival featuring the Objectivist bloggers. I really appreciate the bloggers and hosts who work to put this carnival together each week, and I appreciate our loyal readers who read the entries and help us promote the carnival. Thank you to everyone who makes this blog carnival a success!

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Objectivist Blog Traffic

by Jason Stotts

In an effort to understand what kind of reach we Objectivist bloggers are having, I reached out to the OBloggers community and asked them to submit their overall page views for the month of October.  In order to get an idea of how these numbers stacked up, I also added in some other objectivist organizations and more well known sites.

The rankings, measured by total page views (are numbers are actuals, supplied by the authors, unless otherwise noted):

1. – 200,000

2. Diana Hsieh’s Noodlefood – 54,512

3. Ayn Rand Institute  – 21,224 [estimate via]

4. r/Objectivism on Reddit – 15,970

5. Jason Stotts’s Erosophia – 14,687

6. Jenn Casey’s Rational Jenn – 4,462

7. The Objective Standard – 3,976 [estimate via]

8. Kelly and Santiago Valenzuela’s Mother of Exiles – 3,256

9. Martin Lindeskog’s Ego – 3,100 (Approx.)

10. – 2,561 [estimate via]

11. John Drake’s Try Reason! – 2,250

12. Earl Parson’s Creatures of Prometheus – 850

13. Objectivist Answers – 629 [estimate via]

14. Rachel Miner’s The Playful Spirit – 240


Other blogs I’d like to see included, but for which I do not have the data:

Kira Peikoff’s Me, Myself, and Ayn

Scott Holleran’s Blog

Ed Cline’s The Rule of Reason

If you were not included, but would like to be, please write me at Jason(at)  If you represent one of the organizations for which data was pulled from and you’d like to supply the actual numbers, that would be great as well.

Erosophia is one of the Top 100 Sex Blogs of 2011!

by Jason Stotts

Between My Sheets hosts a yearly survey for the Top 100 Sex Blogs. This year I’m pleased to announce that Erosophia has made that list, just barely sneaking on at #93 (although only 3 behind Violet Blue, so I’m in good company there at the end). Hit the link for the full list of very interesting sex blogs.

I’m particularly thrilled that I made the list given that I write about the philosophy of sexuality, sexual ethics, and the more abstract nature of sexuality.  I imagine, although I haven’t checked this, that I’m probably the only site on the list, or one of a very few, that’s safe for work, since I never post explicit pictures or erotica.  I appeal more to the intellectual side of sex, so there must be quite a few sapiosexuals out there!  I’m probably also the only sex blogger, with the exception of Marty Klein, who uses my real name on my writing. I am not ashamed of what I write and I stand behind everything I say, whether online, in public, or even with family and friends. Integrity in all things, after all.

Anyway, thank you to everyone who voted for me!  I appreciate your support and I hope you keep enjoying Erosophia.

Objectivist Blog Traffic

by Jason Stotts

I’m going to be compiling a list of the more prominent Objectivist blogs and websites and their overall traffic counts for the month of October to see what our internet reach is and how many people we’re actually getting our message out to.

If you want to be included in the post, shoot me an email with your traffic stats for the month of October (with some kind of proof, like a screen-capture of your Google analytics).  If you don’t know how to look up your traffic, but still want to be included, shoot me an email anyway and I’ll try to look up your traffic for you.

I’d like to get all submissions by the 19th.  You can email me directly at Jason(at)


Update: I just need the total visits for October now, instead of both uniques and totals.  Also, due to the roundup being on the 16th, I’m extending the date to be included to October 19th.

Playboy’s Swing Season 2

by Jason Stotts

I found out recently from Kasidie that Playboy TV is currently having a casting call for new people for the second season of their reality TV show “Swing.”  I talked about it briefly in February (link), but I think it’s grew that Playboy is trying to show swinging in a realistic light (or, as much as one can do in reality TV).

Hopefully they bring the first season out on DVD soon.

Pedestrian Polyamory

by Jason Stotts

Polyamory is one topic that I haven’t written much on.  It’s not because I don’t want to, but rather because it’s hard to find good information about it.  While I’ve read all of the “core texts” like Tristan Taormino’s Opening Up and Dossie Easton’s The Ethical Slut, it’s still hard to imagine living a poly-lifestyle, and if I can’t imagine it, it’s hard to write about it.  That’s all writing is, in a way, me imagining things, usually counterfactually, and then imagining its impact on my life.  That’s how one does eudaimonistic ethics, after all, you imagine the impact on your life.  But I digress.

When you look up polyamory sites or listen to various podcasts on it, it’s all about “universal love,” tantra, crystals, paganism, and other assorted nonsense.  But not Pedestrian Polyamory!  It’s a new podcast that spun out of Life on the Swingset podcast run by Cooper Beckett.  Cooper took over the floundering Kasidie Magazine (now defunct) after it stagnated due to lack of content, and revitalized it by opening to various writers, all moderated by Cooper.  Anyway, Pedestrian Polyamory is run by Shira B. Katz (why does everyone who writes about sex use a pen-name but me?) and promises to be a more rational approach to polyamory.  At the beginning of their first episode, they say:

Here at Pedestrian Polyamory we talk about sex and polyamory in a realistic, down-to-earth, and bullshit free manner.  We are normal, skeptical, logical, and slightly geeky poly-folk who promise never to talk to you about tantra, pagans, tarot cards, or any of the other crap that we are baffled to see consistently tied to non-monogamy.

You can understand why I would be drawn to this. So far, their podcast is coming through and it’s been interesting.  If you’re looking for good information about polyamory, I recommend checking them out.

I imagine I’ll be writing more about polyamory in the future, once I have a better grasp of it.


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