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What I Learned From Disney Princesses

What I Learned From Disney Princesses

I realized something recently. Disney princesses are way more progressive than I think we give them credit for. We often note their unhealthy focus on a specific standard of beauty, and their unrealistic expectations of love, but I think we tend to miss the overall message of their stories. Ultimately, almost every Disney princess story is about following your own desires, even if nobody wants you... »

Where are all the LGBT scientists at?

Where are all the LGBT scientists at?

I’m in the ongoing process of being out in a couple of life aspects, being gay and atheistic, (gaytheistic?) which involves a bunch of references to my boyfriend in casual conversation and honest but non-confrontational answers to questions like “So where do you go to church”. I try to be the best “normalizing” presence that I can be so that the benefits of visibility... »

Let It Go, Already – The Frozen Agenda

Let It Go, Already – The Frozen Agenda

(Originally written last Wednesday.) This morning I was shuffling down the highway toward a science museum in the mom-van with the three kids in the back, watching Frozen. Like you do. Because it’s school vacation week around these parts. And because FROZEN. And as my daughter (first grade) was belting out “Let It Go” for the eighty bazillionth time, my mind started wandering to that blog post by ... »

AI: Thanks a lot, Woody Allen

AI: Thanks a lot, Woody Allen

It will surprise precisely no one that I caught an opening night show of Captain America 2: The Winter Solder (which I loved a whole hell of a lot), but one thing in particular has stuck with me these past couple days: the relationship between Steve and Natasha. I don’t think it’s a spoiler to say that their friendship is pretty central to the film, but it’s explicitly a platonic... »

AI: The Stories We Tell

AI: The Stories We Tell

When I get into conversations with friends about books, we often fall into discussion of not just our favorites, but those that have influenced our thinking the most.  I can trace certain things about myself directly to novels (and legends, and sometimes movies) because of how strongly some elements affected me, and that is at once both fascinating and a bit frightening. Janny Wurts’s Wars of Ligh... »

Keeping Up With Awesome: H. B. Kurtzwilde

Keeping Up With Awesome: H. B. Kurtzwilde

Congratulations are in order for longtime Queereka reader H.B. Kurtzwilde, whose novel Chocolatiers of the High Winds has been nominated for a 2013 Lambda Literary Award in the LGBT Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror category. We like it when good things happen to our readers! And since Kurtzwilde’s main character is both a dude who likes dudes and an atheist, we thought it would be fun to chat ... »

Slaughtering the Sacred Cows

Slaughtering the Sacred Cows

I saw the movie Aeon Flux when it came to theatres, approximately forever ago.  Over the years I remembered liking it (because what’s not to like about Charlize Theron being a badass?), but that was pretty much it.  I watched it again recently with my Queer Feminist Media Critique goggles on and was unexpectedly delighted by it – there are problems, because everything has problems (oh please oh pl... »

Sunday School: So I Watched a Movie Last Week

Sunday School: So I Watched a Movie Last Week

Alternately, Sunday School: Queerview Mirror Edition. Weekend is a 2011 film by British writer-director Andrew Haigh. »

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