Feminism

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 ... »

The Queerview Mirror: Time Magazine “Sexual Assault on Campus”

The Queerview Mirror: Time Magazine “Sexual Assault on Campus”

If you opened the May 26th issue of Time Magazine to the first of the ten pages bordered in caution tape yellow (pages 20-29), you saw a picture of the main hall of my campus at night. My town, Missoula, Montana, has borne the title “America’s Rape Capital” for about two years and now my college, the University of Montana (UM), has been featured in Time’s article “Sexual Assault on Campus” by Eliz... »

Call Me Crazy: Why Sanism Matters to Queer and Feminist Activists

Call Me Crazy: Why Sanism Matters to Queer and Feminist Activists

“The worst thing to call somebody is “crazy”. It’s dismissive. I don’t understand this person, so they’re crazy. That’s bullshit! People are not crazy. They are strong people. Maybe the environment is a little sick.” –Dave Chappelle 1 in 5 Americans deals with some form of mental illness. Yet despite its relatively commonplace occurrence, those with mental... »

Detail Jean Béraud’s 1908 painting, The Drinkers

The Unbearable Fairness of Lesbianism

Can we talk about dibs? Like “callin’ dibs” on the window seat, or taking the first shower, or on being the front half of the elephant at the masquerade ball? These are all perfectly normal things that someone might attempt to claim for their own preemptively like say middle schoolers, or office workers vulturing over leftover meeting pizza. »

‘The Power of Language’

‘The Power of Language’

Recently I attended a workshop held by my university’s multicultural group entitled that was focused on how language and power/privilege interact. It had the potential to be a great lecture, full of meaningful examples of how language reveals underlying biases and other good stuff. But it wasn’t. Instead, the discussion devolved into a 20 minute open forum on whether “you guys... »

Pull List of Justice: September 2013

Pull List of Justice: September 2013

Regular readers of my stuff will know that I am a comic book fanatic and have argued many times that comics have historically been at the forefront of social progress, often addressing issues that television and other mediums have been unable or unwilling to. Yes, they can also be problematic, but I contend that finding the right book with the right author can lead to a wealth of fantastic charact... »

What two Queer games came out this week that you should be playing?

What two Queer games came out this week that you should be playing?

Did you really think I’d answer that question where you can see it without clicking on the article? I read Huffington Post, I know what’s up. Plus, I’d really Hate it if you didn’t click on this article. I will have Gone Home today to look at my viewership stats and there’d be like nothing, because I answered what I was going to talk about in the title. Isn’t th... »

The ‘Schism’ in Skepticism

The ‘Schism’ in Skepticism

Cross-posted from Teen Skepchick  Over the last few years, and especially since the event known as “Elevatorgate,” we’ve seen a drastic increase in the visibility of sexism within the skeptic/atheist movements. It has been the focus of many conversations, and many eyes have been following the developments of people coming out against sexist behaviour and others rushing to defend ... »

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