Tag Archives: Opposing Gender Binary

I Think People Who Can’t Discern Between Sexual Orientation and Paraphilia Should Shut Up

Wow, harsh title. I guess I’m just tired of society being so ho-hum when people are just wrong in what they say. No, it’s not that they have a “different opinion.” They just have no clue what they’re talking about. Here’s a quick primer. Everyone has a sexual orientation. Everyone. And it only means one […]

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Why Is Society So Afraid and Ashamed of Sex? Short Answer: Religion.

I’ve been thinking about this one, because it comes up a lot. Sex is something that raises eyebrows and it’s because people are really terrified of sex before it happens and really ashamed of it after it does. Of course, I mean mostly in the public light. Before I get into too much detail, let’s […]

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In Case You Weren’t Sure What Transphobia Looked Like

(Hat tips to Pam Spaulding and Big Hollywood.) When we talk about homophobia and transphobia, it’s usually not people who are overtly hurtful. Often such feelings can lie just under the surface of a “supportive,” “I have gay friends,” façade. All it takes is a catalyst and it all comes rolling out. And it can […]

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Faces For Equality: Jaquelline Robertson (aka “Lexi Divine”)

Name: Jaquelline Robertson (aka “Lexi Divine”) Age: 51 Hometown: Burlington, VT Occupation: Master’s Student in Psychology and Counseling (Queer Studies Focus) at Goddard College/”Fairy God Mother”/”Dominatrix on the Side” Why I Found Her at The NEM: Let me just take a moment to say that this woman is fabulous. I mean, take a look at […]

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Now Here Is a Christian That Supports Queer Equality

I’m just going to let Bishop John Shelby Spong speak for himself (but I’ll space out his points so they’re easier to read): I have made a decision. I will no longer debate the issue of homosexuality in the church with anyone. I will no longer engage the biblical ignorance that emanates from so many […]

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Should a Goal of Higher Education Be Enforcing Gender Expectations?

(UPDATE: Inside HigherEd now has an in-depth story on this issue as well.) I was generally displeased with the news I saw this weekend out of Morehouse College. Administrators at Morehouse, an all-male historically black college in Atlanta, have instituted a dress code for their students. While I would prefer to not attend a school […]

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Swedish Middle Schoolers Challenge Toys “R” Us’s Patriarchy

I’ve found that teaching patriarchy and introducing people to the idea of male privilege and gender roles is not always easy. Responses like “it’s not that bad,” or “those messages don’t have a significant effect” are common. Well, some sixth graders in Sweden get it and have worked hard to call it out when they […]

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Juxtaposition: Gender Identity Discrimination and Gender Identity Resistance

This morning, Joe over at Joe. My. God. posted two different videos, and I just had to put them together in the same post. The first video is of a high school student who was more or less forced to drop out because of his gender identity. Here’s his story: Here is this wonderful young […]

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When Is The “Appropriate Time” for Queer Equality?

I loathe that I have to ask such a question. Another great gay PR day for Obama. Check out what his National Security Advisor, James Jones, had to say on CNN’s State of the Union about DADT (Hat Tip Towleroad): “The President has an awful lot on his desk. I know this is an issue […]

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Masculinity (According to Craigslist)

Today on Towleroad there was an article about a portrait project done by photographer Chad States. The Morning News interviewed States and he explained the project as such: I found all my subjects through Craigslist. I began by asking the question “Are you masculine?” in the heading. In the body of the posting I talked […]

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