Law

No Place to Pee – Gender Neutral Bathrooms in UK Law

No Place to Pee – Gender Neutral Bathrooms in UK Law

So, did you know that in the UK, it’s actually – by law – very difficult for businesses to install unisex bathrooms? Up until last week, I certainly didn’t. As a non-binary person who doesn’t always pass as male or female, unisex bathrooms in public spaces are pretty high up on my list of Important Things. So, recently, I emailed one of my favourite local cafes to ask if they’d ever co... »

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... »

Religious Liberty and the Right to Discriminate: How Privileging Religious Belief Endangers Civil Rights

Religious Liberty and the Right to Discriminate: How Privileging Religious Belief Endangers Civil Rights

Deference to religious belief, specifically Christianity, is deeply ingrained in American culture, so much so that arguments that would look suspiciously like discrimination, bigotry, and hate are not only excused but held up by our Supreme Court when coated in the veneer of religious liberty. Such was the case with the recent, infamous Hobby Lobby decision where Justice Alito stated that sincere ... »

Retort and Riposte: More Grad School Stuff

Retort and Riposte: More Grad School Stuff

So for those of you who missed the earlier exchange Dan and I have been having a bit of a back-and-forth RE: the state of graduate education. I broke the topic with an article on the Duke Collective, a group of students who had resorted to wage sharing to help minimize the perilous funding situations they found themselves in. I argued that the move places a spotlight on the structural problems wit... »

Why the Recent Spate of “Religious Freedom” Bills May Be a Good Thing

Why the Recent Spate of “Religious Freedom” Bills May Be a Good Thing

Anybody who has been paying attention to politics recently has probably heard about the “religious freedom” bills that have been hitting a number of states recently. It’s a little mind boggling that all of them have been making it to state legislatures all at the same time, with similar language, but so far it’s been very difficult to actually track where they are coming fr... »

Guest Post: Will Chelsea Manning Get People Talking About Trans* Issues?

Guest Post: Will Chelsea Manning Get People Talking About Trans* Issues?

The following post is a guest post from Marci. Marci is a 23-year-old transgender woman from the UK who creates music, is an equality activist, runs a support group, and a gammer in her free time. She can be found on Twitter @MarciHawkins. If you had asked a trans* person about Manning over the last couple of years, there was a good chance they would have told you she is trans. This was confirmed ... »

More Worthy Than Others

More Worthy Than Others

According to Republicans in the US House of Representatives, this is how who deserves protection from domestic abuse should be determined. Before extending protection to women, it is the job of government, apparently, to carefully weigh which women are fully worthy of that protection. Their grave deliberations concluded, we know now that queer women, trans women, undocumented and Native women are ... »

Fallen Women

Fallen Women

That’s what we used to be called in another era of sex work prohibition, “rehabilitation”, during another national scare and shame. The Industrial Era brought with it a new kind of sex worker, better suited to capitalism and the phenomenon of interchangeable parts, and “fallen woman” was the euphemism of choice for her then. Not chosen by her, of course, but assigned to her, just as she would be a... »

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