Cross-Culturalism

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... »

QUICKIES 7/19/2013

QUICKIES 7/19/2013

Annika Penelope, trans blogger, waxes poetic on things she wished she would have known about transitioning genders. For anyone who has ever claimed there is no such thing as white privilege, I dare you to read this article on painful talks between Black American parents and their sons.   While I personally have no issue with Rolling Stone using an attractive picture of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev as th... »

Your Upbringing Doesn’t Excuse Hate

Your Upbringing Doesn’t Excuse Hate

A few weeks a guy I know was beraiting radical queer folks, like me, who were pointing problems with pro-marriage rhetoric and specifically problems with supporting the HRC. When I, along with a few other people, pointed out that he may be missing some information here – that his knowledge was limited on this subject – he blew up, swore at me, and ceased to be my friend. In his tirade ... »

AI: Carnaval

AI: Carnaval

So this next week is Carnaval here in Brasil! Since my girlfriend is somewhere in Europe right now, to me this means I get a week off to try to read and study and sleep as much as I never have time to during working weeks, but for most Brazilians it means one week of a partying – some of it involving a lot of particular cultural elements (and I think it maybe even has some religious background?), ... »

It’s All About Choice

It’s All About Choice

Two things prompted me to post this article. The first was episode 2.7 of the Godless Bitches podcast (I highly recommend this podcast!), where Beth, Jen, Tracie, and Tanya Smith from Atheist Alliance International discussed the banning of the burqa, and an interesting back-and-forth between Tracie and Tanya ensued. The second was Yessenia’s recent posts (see here and here) about women who claim t... »

Another one

Another one

Ophelia Benson of Butterflies and Wheels and Kausik Datta of Oh, The Humanity of It All point to yet another article (almost a carbon copy of the last one I poked with a stick)where a woman equates wearing the hijab with somehow being liberated from the constraints of patriarchy. The problem, of course, is that the game is rigged; whatever we do, we can’t win.  It’s a feature, not a bu... »

Perspectives: Introduction

Perspectives: Introduction

Welcome to the first installment of Perspectives, an on-going series of articles that will explore gender and sexuality through a cross-cultural lens. The goal of this series is to broaden our understandings of queer genders and sexualities across time and space. Before I begin the series, though, allow me to go a bit anthropological on you. That is, after all, what I do! One of the things I love ... »