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That’s Not Skepticism, It’s Ethnocentric Xenophobia

That’s Not Skepticism, It’s Ethnocentric Xenophobia

I am a medical anthropologist. As such, I spend much of my time reading about and studying medicine as a sociocultural practice, particularly the ways that culture influences biomedical and public health practices. One of the reasons I went into medical anthropology was that I took a fantastic undergraduate Medical Anthropology course. Specifically, there was a particular ethnographic work we read... »

Follow-Up to Transgender Semantics

Follow-Up to Transgender Semantics

Last week I wrote a post about how the issues surrounding RuPaul’s Drag Race got me thinking about the meaning of “transgender” and how its meaning is still contested. In the intervening week, I’ve continued talking about these issues with various people in a few different places, and I would like to re-visit some of the thoughts from that post in an attempt to try to clarify my positions and goal... »

Transgender Semantics

Transgender Semantics

(Content Note: Discussion of problematic language) A recent episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race ( »

Cross-Post: Graduate Funding: No Easy Answers

Cross-Post: Graduate Funding: No Easy Answers

Dan over at School of Doubt has posted a response to Vince’s recent article on Queereka. If you’d like to read the whole post, head on over to School of Doubt! On Friday Queereka’s Vince posted this article about the Duke Collective, a group of Duke University graduate students who have decided to pool their funding as a means to collectivize risk and help provide for international stu... »

Queereka is Looking for Writers!

Queereka is Looking for Writers!

Queereka is looking for more writers! The gig requires with some commitment and provides zero monetary pay, but what it lacks in dollar bills it makes up for with friendship and love! So what are we looking for? At a minimum, applicants should self-identify as queer (by which we mean any non-normative sex, gender, or sexuality) and be knowledgeable about skepticism and feminism. We are particularl... »

In Defense of Sister Sites

In Defense of Sister Sites

In the comments section of Sarah’s recent call for writers for a new sister site for people with disabilities, a few commenters raised concerns that sister sites are counterproductive because they are “exclusionary” and “segregative” and “separate but equal.” As the admin for the only sister site (so far) for a marginalized group on Skepchick, I have to vehemently disagree with this sentiment. I d... »

Quickies: “Serosorting” among gay men, Uganda, Fred Phelps, and Trans* military personnel

Quickies: “Serosorting” among gay men, Uganda, Fred Phelps, and Trans* military personnel

New study looks at the “serosorting” behavior of gay men attempting to avoid HIV. First arrests carried out under Uganda’s new anti-gay laws. Fred Phelps, the “God Hates Fags” patriarch, is close to death. Study finds “no compelling medical reason” for the military to continue ban on trans* personnel. »

Jared Leto from The Dallas Buyers Club

Quickies: Marriage Equality fight in Kentucky, St. Patrick’s Day parade, Jared Leto, Maryland Transgender Rights Bill

Kentucky Attorney General says he won’t defend marriage equality ban, governor says he will use outside counsel to try to defend it. Negotiations continue concerning whether or not to allow LGBT groups to march in St. Patrick’s Day parade. Many people in trans* community speaking out about Jared Leto’s Oscar win. Maryland state senate passes transgender rights bill. Featured imag... »

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