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... »

Skepticism and Ebola

Skepticism and Ebola

Right now in Sierra Leone, along with several other West African countries, an Ebola outbreak is claiming the lives of hundreds of people. Several doctors who have come from developed nations like the United States to help stem the outbreak have fallen ill, including at least one who has died from the illness. For the uninitiated, Ebola is a virus with a 50-100% mortality rate depending on the str... »

Uganda’s Antigay Law Struck Down

Uganda’s Antigay Law Struck Down

A Ugandan court has struck down Uganda’s horrible antigay law which criminalized not only homosexuality, but also helping homosexuals or not reporting them to the police. In front of an overflowing courtroom in Uganda’s capital, Kampala, a panel of five judges announced that the Anti-Homosexuality Act, which punishes some homosexual behavior with life in prison, was invalid because it had be... »

The Queerview Mirror: The Invisibles

The Queerview Mirror: The Invisibles

I saw an article on Huffington Post about The Invisibles: Vintage Portraits of Love and Pride long before I encountered the book in the New Release section of my public library. Not long after I read the article about The Invisibles, I encountered another article about male intimacy around the turn of the twentieth century, which uses pictures from around the same time frame as The Invisibles to s... »

Truvada: A Late Take

Truvada: A Late Take

The CDC issued guidelines in May of this year recommending that people at high risk for HIV transmission including men who have sex with men, people with HIV-1 positive partners, intravenous drug users and women who have unprotected sex with partners of uncertain status undergo pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) regimens to prevent HIV infection. The WHO issued similar guidelines but targeted it dire... »

Quickies: Same Sex Marriage, Religious Communities, Models of Transition

Quickies: Same Sex Marriage, Religious Communities, Models of Transition

Eric Stonestreet, the straight actor who plays a gay man on Modern Family, explains why he refused to have his picture taken with Rick Santorum. (Hint, it wasn’t the froth.) A second FL judge, this time in Miami, has ruled FL’s same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional, and ordered the county of Miami-Dade to allow same sex couples to marry. In Alaska, the state supreme court ruled that s... »

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