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Bi-erasure: Constantine

Bi-erasure: Constantine

Content description: Discusses bi-phobia and bi-sexuality. Mentions smoking. Excessive use of sarcasm. So there has been some sad, but none too surprising news recently, NBC’s new show Constantine which I’ve been looking forward to, is bi-phobic. As this new adaptation of the Hellraiser comics portrays Constantine, a canonically bi-sexual character as straight (I can scent the doucheba... »

Like a Girl

Like a Girl

This one’s a little personal. I’ve been growing my hair out on and off since I was about thirteen years old. Normal enough for a teenager, especially given my inclination towards metal music, you might think. Yet it was only when I got broad and tall-ish and got stubble that the ‘cut your hair’ heckles died down. There was a time when I would scarcely go a day without a ski... »

The Cool Kids: Why To Be One

The Cool Kids: Why To Be One

This last weekend I was at Skeptech along with Skepchick Heina Dadabhoy and many other lovely friends of the network (as well as our fearless leader). Heina was one of the speakers this year and her talk was about becoming one of the “cool kids” online, e.g. how to get followers, become a popular blogger, get people to watch your vids, etc. She had some great tips, but when question ti... »

International Aid to Uganda in Light of Human Rights Violations

International Aid to Uganda in Light of Human Rights Violations

An earlier version of this article was published at In Tanzania.  With Coffee.  In response to recent virulently anti-gay laws passed in Uganda, a lot of nations are cutting off aid to Uganda, or considering doing so.  I don’t think this is a particularly good response.  More to the point, LGBTI organizations in Uganda say this, and they are far more expert than me on the subject. I realize ... »

You’ll Agree With Me When You’re Older

You’ll Agree With Me When You’re Older

Recently (and by recently I mean a month ago) I was in an online argument with someone when they decided to use, as an argument, that I was young and that when I got to be older I would change my mind and come around to my opponent’s point of view. Needless to say, I nope’d out of that conversation too quickly to sum up all the reasons “You’ll agree with me in twenty years&... »

Changing the World, One Small, Doable Action at a Time

Changing the World, One Small, Doable Action at a Time

This is Peace Corps week, and as you darling readers may have noticed, I talk about my Peace Corps service in Tanzania a lot.  It was a wonderful experience, and I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to do volunteer work right, with a long term commitment that allows time to build relationships with a community, and performing only those services that are requested.  We do not do the voluntour... »

Why We Dress How We Do

Why We Dress How We Do

One of the basic discussions in feminism revolves around how women dress. It’s actually a topic that, in my opinion, best illustrates the divides between earlier feminists and modern feminists. Early feminists fought- and still do fight- against clothing like high heels and short skirts being forced onto women. More modern feminists, while agreeing that no woman should be made to feel obliga... »

I choose you, oppression!

I choose you, oppression!

It’s been a long time since I’ve discussed feminism with someone who hasn’t read a word of feminist theory and I use the word ‘discussed’ lightly. Alas my lucky streak ended a few weeks ago when unlike misdemeanours in the past where I angrily begin ranting about something, someone else flew off the handle at me. It’s a harsh shock into the reality of how the wo... »

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