You might remember our last interview with writer, biologist, and artist Julia Serano. She blew us away with her 2008 book, Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity, by igniting readers through critiques on both mainstream and feminist views of gender, while challenging assumptions about societal attitudes toward trans women, gender, and sexuality. Continue reading
In my news-travels this week, I stumbled across an interesting mix of surprising and not-so-surprising stories happening around the world. Consider it your end-of-the-week sampler platter, in case you missed the following items:
Previously I wrote about the whitewashing of Tonto in Disney’s The Lone Ranger and some of the harm done by non-Indigenous filmmakers controlling onscreen images of NDN people. One way to combat this harm is to support Indigenous filmmakers, writers and actors in their endeavors to portray our lives, the multitude ways of being Native, and some of the intersections of Indigenous identities with other identities. I’ll get you started by sharing some of my favorite movies about and by Indigenous people. Continue reading
I knew I liked girls before I knew liked boys and I clearly remember the day I discovered this truth. Continue reading
Every once in a while, someone writes a post about how women need to stop playing around and start acting like grown adults. Here’s Jezebel’s from a couple of years ago! Here’s one on “cupcake feminism” that got a lot of play last year (warning: NSFW dessert image.) And recently, Huffington Post published a similar piece by Tracy McMillan. Continue reading
Greetings, poodles and kittens! Welcome back, you wacky lovely bunch of boos, you basket of tappy toes. Continue reading
From a very young age, I remember being subjected to the idea that I needed a man to â€œrescue meâ€ and to â€œmake me complete.â€ We are shown Disney movies in which the princess needs to be rescued, comedies where the leading lady is doing everything she can to nab a man, and movies in which women are portrayed as â€œlackingâ€ if they aren’t married to a man.
This past week on Facebook, lots of people changed their profile pictures to a red equality sign to show their support of overturning the absurdly named Defense of Marriage Act. (Whose marriage does it defend? Not my Christian marriage of 20+ years to my husband, I assure you.) Continue reading
Greeting card companies and the florist industry would never let us forget that tomorrow is Valentine’s Day. In Minnesota, the group Minnesotans United for All Families will gather to celebrate Freedom to Marry Day at the Capital Hill in St. Paul. They support the belief that persons in same gender relationships should be allowed to be married. I can’t be there in person, but I’ll be there in spirit. My Aunt-in-Law, Pastor Anita C. Hill will be there. Yes, she is a woman, and a fully ordained pastor with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. She is also in a committed relationship with another woman. And, she is from Mississippi. Continue reading
This week on The New Normal: Bryan and David visit some friends of theirs who have an infant, and Bryan is enchanted while watching the baby breastfeed.
Though Huffington Post seems to be one of the few news outlets with frequently-occurring articles on bisexuality, I still found myself a little irked with a recent “Bi the Bi” column.
The hardest lesson: no matter how determined and strong your love is for your children, it will never be enough to completely shield them from hate and ignorance. And sometimes all you can do is throw someone’s hate-filled chicken back at them and hope you score a head shot.
Once in a while, I succeed in talking someone out of their opposition to gay rights, and in doing this, I try to figure out why the person harbors prejudice in the first place. Because bigotry hurts so many people so deeply, it’s tempting to say, â€œBecause they’re jerks, that’s why.â€ That’s not specific or accurate, though, and if you’re trying to change someone’s mind, â€œyou’re a jerkâ€ isn’t the most persuasive opening statement. Here are some reasons why I think anti-gay prejudice has been so persistent. Continue reading
Andrea Gibson is a poet-provocateur extraordinaire, a speaker of truths that aren’t always gentle or easy to swallow. The spoken word artist touches on everything across the spectrum from gender and race, to privilege and class, to war and love. She was the the first winner of the Women’s World Poetry Slam and has appeared on C-SPAN, Free Speech TV, BBC, and Air America, as well as performing across numerous campuses across the United States. She’s just released her newest album, FLOWER BOY, half rally cry and half rebirth, speaking truth to power of just how personal the political can be. Continue reading
Physical assault. Sexual abuse. Buckets of urine and cold water thrown on your body. Psychological abuse. Being forced to dress as prostitute and going days without food or water and with shackling and verbal threats. These are said cures for the â€œsick,â€ the â€œdisturbed,â€ and, all distorted language purposes aside, for those who are gay.