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Transgender Semantics

Transgender Semantics

(Content Note: Discussion of problematic language) A recent episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race ( »

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... »

Pride is What You Make It

Pride is What You Make It

“It is revolutionary for any trans person to choose to be seen and visible in a world that tells us we should not exist.”  –Laverne Cox A few months before my father disowned me for starting hormone replacement therapy, I spent many visitations, listening to him desperately attempting to dissuade me from taking testosterone. One instance of this was when he saw the trans pride magnet on the ... »

Jared Leto from The Dallas Buyers Club

Quickies: Marriage Equality fight in Kentucky, St. Patrick’s Day parade, Jared Leto, Maryland Transgender Rights Bill

Kentucky Attorney General says he won’t defend marriage equality ban, governor says he will use outside counsel to try to defend it. Negotiations continue concerning whether or not to allow LGBT groups to march in St. Patrick’s Day parade. Many people in trans* community speaking out about Jared Leto’s Oscar win. Maryland state senate passes transgender rights bill. Featured imag... »

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... »

Quickies: Uganda anti-gay law, trans* students rights bill in CA, calls for new AZ law veto, homosexual OCD

Quickies: Uganda anti-gay law, trans* students rights bill in CA, calls for new AZ law veto, homosexual OCD

As I’m sure many of you have heard by now, the president of Uganda yesterday signed a heinous anti-homosexuality bill into law. This law requires life imprisonment for “aggravated homosexuality” and seven years in prison for people who know someone who is homosexual and do not turn them in. The State Department has issued a strong condemnation of the law, stating that it could effect Ugandan-Ameri... »

Lowered Expectations + Vague Statements = Person of the Year

Lowered Expectations + Vague Statements = Person of the Year

By now you’ve heard that the Advocate has named Pope Francis its person of the year. In perhaps one of the most cringingly apologetic and sycophantic pieces published about the Supreme Pontiff, Lucas Grindley reaches to draw the barest scraps of meaning out of the most innocuous of statements. In fact, reading this piece, you’ll notice that most of the article is Grindley doing little ... »

The Diversity Catch-22

The Diversity Catch-22

This post originally appeared on School of Doubt. It was written by Dan. Applying for academic jobs is no small task, as many of you know, and for those of us on the market the process tends to come with a heaping helping of stress, anxiety, self-doubt, and frustration. In fact, the combination of vague instructions, huge amounts of required materials, and rather grim employment statistics for PhD... »

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