Afternoon InqueerySex & Sexuality

AI: Flagging

Being of a femme-ish presentation (more tomboy, or just ‘gamer,’ really), I am assumed to be straight by nearly all of the people I meet.  This is annoying, though something I’m unfortunately quite used to.  A recent internet white rabbit hunt had me reading about femme flagging using colored nail polish, …

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AI: The Stories We Tell

When I get into conversations with friends about books, we often fall into discussion of not just our favorites, but those that have influenced our thinking the most.  I can trace certain things about myself directly to novels (and legends, and sometimes movies) because of how strongly some elements affected …

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AI: Home at the Con

It’s convention season again, and while I’m not one to go hopping through several over the course of the year (grad school schedule and budget makes that an impossibility), my one non-negotiable vacation each year is Dragon*Con.  Whenever I go there, or to a Renaissance festival (not yearly, but frequent), …

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AI: Humor III: When it’s Offensive

In the last Humor AI, I asked what it was about slapstick comedy, awkwardness, or other negative situations that made them funny.  There was a really excellent comment on that post that made the point that people seem to use laughing at other people’s awkwardness or misfortune to distance themselves …

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AI: Humor II

There were some great comments on last week’s post, and several people mentioned the aspect of surprise or violation of expectation – plays on words and unexpected connections between concepts.  References and the sense of being ‘in’ on a situation were also mentioned, and both those themes were identified in …

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AI: Allies Amongst Us

So this week on French class, we reached that special time on the learning of any language where we’re expected to learn how to talk about families. Our textbook brought up familles recomposées, that is, family outside the father-mother-children standards, which the teacher saw as an opportunity to debate same-sex …

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AI: Humor I

Some time ago, I got into an extensive, drawn-out discussion with a group of friends about the nature of humor and what makes something funny.  The first time we talked about it, we just named things we could think of that we found humorous and described what it was about …

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AI: Microculture

I’ve been part of several conversations recently about ‘culture’ as it pertains to a given small-scale environment.  My department, for instance, is in the process of hiring a new chairperson, and ‘department culture’ is always something that gets brought up.  And then there’s my various internet neighborhoods and their sometimes …

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