Art & Media

Mad Max: Fury Road – A Wild Ride of Empowerment

Mad Max: Fury Road – A Wild Ride of Empowerment

(There will be spoilers in here but there is an all caps and bolded warning before the spoilers start) Finally an action movie I can recommend without saying “It’s great! But….it’s sexist or there’s a really violent assault scene or there’s a lot of heterosexual sex or there are no women”. Now in case you haven’t seen the original 1979 movie staring Mel Gibson, Mad Max takes place in dystopian fut... »

Iceman is gay because a straight telepath said so.

Iceman is gay because a straight telepath said so.

If you’re a comic book fan you probably already know that Iceman of the X-Men has been outed as gay. It’s been covered extensively in the press and that, I think, is a good thing representation.Or rather it would be in any other circumstance. In the past I’ve felt ambivalent toward other super-outings. When Prodigy of The Young Avengers was outed as bi I was ambivalent. The context read like the a... »

Why Queering Gender Onstage Still Matters

Why Queering Gender Onstage Still Matters

This past Saturday I had the opportunity to see a production of Hair directed and performed by some of my friends through a youth-specific theater company. I’d never thought much of the musical before. Yes, it had a few great songs, but mostly it seemed like a confusing rock opera about a bunch of people doing drugs and having sex, neither of which I could relate to, in the name of countercu... »

Dolce and Gabbana VS Elton John

Dolce and Gabbana VS Elton John

Last week in an interview with the Italian magazine Panorama the world famous fashion designers Dolce and Gabbana spoke out about their dislike of in vitro fertilization (IVF). Their comments were not limited to IVF however, they also made claimed that families created with IVF were not as valid as other families. Many were shocked by their comments, which went so far to say, “when you’re born, yo... »

Nude Art in an Asexual World

Nude Art in an Asexual World

On and off over the last month, I have found myself arguing in my head that the history of art would still be full of nudes if all people were asexual. It isn’t something I ever expected myself to have an opinion on, much less not be able to stop thinking about, and I really didn’t think I’d spend a significant amount of time looking at nude art in order to write a post (and even identify a few fa... »

Gay Wizards: Role Playing Games and LGBT Inclusivity

Gay Wizards: Role Playing Games and LGBT Inclusivity

Wizards of the Coast quietly made a stir recently with the release of the new Basic Rules for the 5th Edition of Dungeons and Dragons. Nestled on page 33 is a section about determining the sex/gender of a character that makes the inclusion of LGBT characters explicit. “You can play a male or female character without gaining any special benefits or hindrances. Think about how your character does or... »

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 I can be so that the benefits of visibility accr... »

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