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MythsSex & Sexuality

Frequently Asked Questions (By Straight People About My Sexuality)

“So… scissoring.” “Being asexual is like not having a sexuality right?” “So you like, date girls?” “You’re gay. Which of these two girls do you think is hotter?” “Would you date me if I was gay?” “You’d totally fuck me if I was gay, right?” “Wait… so you don’t fuck people?” …

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HistoryPolitics / ActivismSex WorkThe Queerview Mirror

The Queerview Mirror: Sex Workers Unite

I picked up Sex Workers Unite: A History of the Movement from Stonewall to SlutWalk by Melinda Chateauvert because it made me uncomfortable and because I didn’t know anything about a sex worker’s movement. I kept reading because the information the book presented was fascinating. Sex work is not a …

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FeminismSexual AssaultThe Queerview Mirror

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 …

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BullyingDiscriminationFeaturedHomophobia

Yes, I’m Trying to Eliminate Your Way of Thinking

On the ever-martyred Christian right, there is a particularly hilarious and absurd meme that the left and especially LGBT activists are trying to eliminate their opinions from polite speech, marginalize their beliefs and make it socially unacceptable (they often also claim illegal) to “believe that marriage is only between one …

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Intersectionality

‘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 …

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ActivismDiscrimination

Pedophiles Are People Too

[TW: Pedophilia, child molestation, rape.] Sometimes, I see people on the internet who talk about pedophiles. These people talk about ‘pedophile priests,’ they mention ‘disgusting pedophiles,’ they often use the word ‘pedophile’ as a synonym for ‘child abuser’, and almost always the word comes with a very negative connotation. This …

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CissexismGenderPseudoscienceScienceSkepticism

Why Gender Differences Don’t Matter (and Other Myths)

A few days ago, Harriet Hall wrote a post on Science-Based Medicine titled “Gender Differences and Why They Don’t Matter So Much.” The article left a bad taste in my mouth for a number of reasons. Aside from what I feel is a gross misrepresentation of various criticisms of Michael …

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BullyingComing OutPolitics / ActivismSex & SexualityTransgender

Everyone in the crowd knew you were a lesbian.

I saw them across the quad. Three preachers – two men and a woman – with a giant sign announcing the inevitability of eternal torture unless I immediately subscribed to their newsletter. As some of you know, I’m a finely tuned scorn-powered IRL trolling machine.  It was either this or …

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