This Is How Change Happens

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Some weeks ago I was a bridesmaid in a friend's wedding. The other bridesmaids and I went out on the town and spent some time hanging out, just chatting and enjoying our time together (and trying to keep the bride's stress level down!). Then, as we were chatting, one of the bridesmaids---we'll call her Amy---mentioned that her cousin had just come out as transgender. There was a momentary pause. Amy said she wasn't sure about the whole pronouns thing, and she just seemed really unsure about it … [Read more...]

Upworthy, Duke, and Ableist Slurs

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I recently came upon an Upworthy article that asked the following question: Which one of these is not like the others: 1. That's so dumb. 2. That's so stupid. 3. That's so annoying. 4. That's so gay.To me the answer was obvious: The first two are ableist slurs and the last one is a homophobic slur. Only the third one does not personal characteristics like sexual orientation or physical or mental normatively as derogatory slurs. Given this introduction, I assumed the article as going to … [Read more...]

Let It Gay? Subversive Messages from Disney’s Frozen

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Over Christmas break I visited my parents to find not only my younger siblings but also my conservative evangelical mother obsessing over Frozen. I was shocked. I had to ask myself---did they even watch the same movie? Did they not see the messages I did? Did they hear the same lyrics? How could they see Frozen and not realize that it was about self acceptance and freedom from others' expectations---and moral standards?It seems at least one blogger did pick up on some of those themes: The ga … [Read more...]

Guest Post: Why I am a Radical Activist for All Things Evil

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A Guest Post by Ryan StollarOriginally posted on Overturning TablesI’ve never thought of myself as a radical activist. I’ve never fought for something that I thought was “evil.” What I value most in life are compassion, love, and respect. Compassion for the abused, love for my neighbor, and respect for marginalized voices. I fight for these things, so I guess in that sense I am an activist.But somehow, over the years, I have found myself maligned by old friends, distant acquain … [Read more...]

It Matters Too Much Not to Speak

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It may or may not surprise regular readers to hear this, but I have never pushed back against my parents' homophobia. And it's not that it doesn't come up, it does. When it does I don't participate. Instead, I just sit in silence. But I can't justify doing that anymore. I can no longer remain silent.My former coworker Dave was sixteen when he attempted to take his life, ten years ago. He grew up in a Baptist home in a family very involved in church activities, and he could not reconcile his … [Read more...]

I Am Not an Anti-Theist

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I may not believe in God, gods, or the supernatural, but I don't have a problem with other people doing so. It's funny, at some point I think I did have a problem with that. In the earlier days of blogging, even, I felt more opposed to theistic beliefs. Indeed, there are things I wrote several years ago that I might well not write today. Of course, I still am opposed to some religious beliefs. I am opposed to beliefs that hurt people, to beliefs that cause people to hurt others, and to beliefs … [Read more...]

Problematizing “Bad Romance: Women’s Suffrage”

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Earlier today I posted this video at the end of a post on women and the vote:I am reposting it because in searching it on youtube and embedding it in the post I was suddenly confronted with something that I had not noticed before. Something I should have noticed before. Something I shouldn't have had to only realize after my eyes strayed to a youtube comment.The video has no women of color. While some white suffragettes believed in racial equality and at least verbally spoke in … [Read more...]


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