Feminism

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... »

Why This DMAB Genderqueer Needs Feminism

Why This DMAB Genderqueer Needs Feminism

CN: TRANSPHOBIA, SEXISM, DEPRESSION, SELF-HARM I wasn’t always a feminist. Sure, I always believed in equal rights for people of all genders, but in my twenties I bought all the stereotypes about feminists: they hated men, they all wore Birkenstocks, they were all lesbians, they didn’t shave their armpits, and they all listened to Lilith Fair folk music. Now at nearly 32 years old, aft... »

One Weird Trick to Get Hired in Academia

One Weird Trick to Get Hired in Academia

“Be careful. American science is elitist.” A visiting scientist said to a group of graduate students and I at an informal lunch, “The only way I got the career I had was because I was lucky enough to have a post-doctoral position at Yale in a new field.” A while back, my graduate program hosted a visiting scientist who happened to be a titan in the field of HIV research. We got to have lunch with ... »

Family Meme Time

Family Meme Time

What do you do when a normally cool close family member sends you an obnoxious meme? My Dad and I send each other gross and funny stuff off the internet all the time. We’re close, and share a similar wicked sense of humor and appreciation for outlandish pranks. Despite my parents’ divorce when I was very little, he has always been an involved and supportive presence in my life. I’... »

Judge Bob Loblaw Presiding

Judge Bob Loblaw Presiding

There are times, particularly in movies, tv, or books, when the beleaguered little guy wins a court case via some dramatically discovered technicality. The world rejoices that the “good guy” won, even if it wasn’t on the merits of their argument or overwhelming preponderance of evidence. Case in point – the Scopes trial. While Scopes was found guilty initially, the decision... »

Violation

Violation

When I first felt a compulsion to write a piece like this is difficult to pinpoint, but when it began to take shape was today, after I began reading Roxane Gay’s new collection of essays titled Bad Feminist. In short sentences, layered throughout her essays, she evokes her own experience with sexual violence, how it has permeated her life, how it could never be ignored. My experience with sexual v... »

Breaking: College men respond positively to women behaving in stereotypically feminine ways

Breaking: College men respond positively to women behaving in stereotypically feminine ways

That’s what this study should have been titled; instead, the researchers decided to go with the equally inane question “Why Do Men Prefer Nice Women?”, as the title. What a great question. We should definitely study why someone would prefer to be around a nice person as opposed to what, an asshole? Here is the study abstract for reference: Responsiveness may signal to a potential partner that one ... »

Queerview Mirror: Confessions of a Pickup Artist Chaser

Content note: Discussion of Pickup Artist culture, BDSM, mentions of rape but no graphic details in my review. BIG trigger warnings for rape descriptions in the book itself. I’ve recently read “Confessions of a Pickup Artist Chaser: Long Interviews With Hideous Men” by Clarisse Thorn. I got it on Kindle and it is also available in paperback. This book is by a straight woman about... »

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