Reading Time: 6 minutes When I was 18, I began dating an exceptionally beautiful girl, the daughter of an Italian family who settled in South Africa. I did so to disguise the fact that I was gay. We grew very close through our mutual love of photography. So close that I gave her a key to my front door. […]
Reading Time: 9 minutes I was never one to blend in with the other kids back in 1960s. My mother made certain of that. She set up a fashion store for kids in a small town in South Africa and used me to model the latest fashions, sending me out to gauge public reaction. I was a mere slip […]
Reading Time: 4 minutes There are stark differences in the lived realities of men and women, and sometimes, you just need to listen to learn about gender, as I discovered with my students this semester. It was nearing the end of my First Year Seminar, which of course I’d given the theme of fairy tales, on the premise that […]
Reading Time: 5 minutes This is terrible. It’s a truly awful speech. As the Daily Beast reports: A political-science professor at one of Idaho’s top universities has sparked outrage after openly calling for women to be kept out of engineering, medical school, and law so that they can instead focus on “feminine goals” such as “homemaking and having children.” […]
Reading Time: 8 minutes It wasn’t a boycott. It was an actual walkout. And almost all of the students at this surprisingly-large Catholic school participated.
Reading Time: 4 minutes The Old Testament book of Leviticus prohibits gay sex for a very different reason than modern evangelical Chicken Littles usually imagine. Understand gay sex from the Ancient Near East to see that it makes no prohibition against gay sex or same-sex marriage as we understand them today. But before we get to the scholarly critique […]
Reading Time: 4 minutes Another day, another article whining about same-sex marriage. Let’s run these arguments through the wood chipper and see if any remain.
Reading Time: 6 minutes To learn about trans people, we have to read between the lines of history. Info about trans folks comes to us not from autobiographies or travelogues, but rather largely from legal cases from centuries past. And that info comes to us filtered through the worldview of authority figures who condemned transgender people entirely.
Reading Time: 5 minutes As a body scholar and feminist, I hunger for ways to explore and inhabit our bodies that are not bound by shame, and Sonya Renee Taylor’s book delivers exactly that.
Reading Time: 2 minutes I have listened to the first speaker in this debate so far but will continue to watch the whole thing. But I just thought I’d share a couple of early thoughts. First, this is why debates about conceptual nominalism and realism are important. Once you understand the distinction, you will see how important one’s understanding […]