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The Queerview Mirror: Sex Workers Unite

The Queerview Mirror: Sex Workers Unite

I picked up Sex Workers Unite: A History of the Movement from Stonewall to SlutWalk by Melinda Chateauvert because it made me uncomfortable and because I didn’t know anything about a sex worker’s movement. I kept reading because the information the book presented was fascinating. Sex work is not a common topic of discussion in most circles. In fact, it is still a mostly taboo subject. When it come... »

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... »

In Defense Of Magneto. My Final Word On The Hashtag.

In Defense Of Magneto. My Final Word On The Hashtag.

First of all I would like to point out that the point of the magneto metaphor is in fact “being nice doesn’t pay, don’t bother, smash oppressors” and has nothing to do with real life violence, I do not and will never advocate violent actions and anyone who reads that into this metaphor is a fool, it is a metaphor, a symbol and nothing more. You can always nitpick any metaph... »

Reactions of a Queer Professor to the Magneto-Style of Social Justice

Reactions of a Queer Professor to the Magneto-Style of Social Justice

(Let me start by saying that the views in this article are mine alone, and shouldn’t be read as representative of Queereka’s) This article has been a half-baked labor of anger and love since Friday, when #fuckcispeople exploded across the internet. From this explosion came a set of conversations about transgender oppression, cisgender privilege, rights to critique others’ emotional rea... »

Queer History: June

Queer History: June

As ever, June is a huge month for the growing queer family. The progress of our march towards equality becomes embodied around the world in parades, and it is the time when we look back on our history with an urge to celebrate the distance traveled, galvanizing efforts and community for the road yet to walk. »

Supreme Court Ruling

Supreme Court Ruling

Although you have probably read about it elsewhere, today the Supreme Court of the United States ruled on cases regarding Proposition 8 in California and the Defense of Marriage Act. They found that the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional, which means that the federal rights of marriage (filing taxes together, immigration issues, etc) will be extended to same sex couples who are legally marri... »

a copper IUD

The IUD Option: Stigma, Falsehoods, and Shaming

This confession may come as a shock to some: I have never been in love with menstruation. The dread of a surprise attack, cramps, the discomfort of cotton wads crammed where no wads of cotton should be. While still respecting those who savor their bloody womanhood, I grew up wishing that I could do anything to turn off that monthly hell. When I first started college I jumped on birth control pills... »

Queer History: May

Queer History: May

This feature has now come full circle, having begun last year in May, going through some changes (and some grave omissions on my part), and there’s something poetic in that. »

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