Art & Media

What I Learned From Disney Princesses

I realized something recently. Disney princesses are way more progressive than I think we give them credit for. We often note their unhealthy focus on a specific standard of beauty, and their unrealistic expectations of love, but I think we tend to miss the overall message of their stories. Ultimately, almost …

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DiscriminationGayHomophobia

So Fred Phelps is Dying

Fred Phelps, the founder of the hated Westboro Baptist Church, is near death, according to his estranged son Nate Phelps. I have a lot of conflicting emotions about this, so prepare for a rambly post as I sort through what I’m feeling. Feel free to add your own thoughts in the comments. …

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Bisexuality

Tom Daley and Bisexual Invisibility in the Media

Yesterday, Olympic swimmer Tom Daley told the world, via YouTube, that he was in a committed relationship with another man. Presumably recognizing that the media would immediately characterize him as gay, he also mentioned that he is still attracted to women. While he refused to actually use words like “gay” or …

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Coming OutFeaturedHomophobia

Changing Perceptions

During the debates over Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, one of the recurring arguments used by the anti-gay side was that repealing DADT would hurt unit cohesion, as possibly the straight (male) soldiers would be uncomfortable having the gay (male) soldiers around, because the gay soldiers would maybe flirt with them or …

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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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Open Thread

Saturday Open Thread 8/3/2013

Oh hey! Didn’t see you there. But now that you’re here, maybe enjoy this fine open thread. It’s got “Open” written all over it. No, really. The Saturday Open Thread is a weekly feature where we invite you, the Queereka community, to talk about whatever you want. Look for it …

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Open Thread

Saturday Open Thread 7/20/2013

Here’s an open thread! Talk about whatever’s on your mind. I know what’s on my mind right now is FTBCon, where an awesome panel just started that you should totally go watch. That’s where I’ll be. Also, cute kitten gets me internet points, right? The Saturday Open Thread is a …

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Open Thread

Saturday Open Thread 7/13/2013

Here’s another open thread, where you can talk about whatever you want. Have fun! If you’re curious, the featured image is a favorite of mine. It’s the Hubble Ultra Deep Field. Essentially, the Hubble telescope took a long exposure photograph of a tiny section of the sky. Everything in that …

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