When I saw an article titled “The Gay Rights Movement: ISIS without Bullets?” I was intrigued. The idea was so beyond the pale I wanted to know what it was based on. The author of the piece was Gary DeMar. Wait. Gary DeMar? Read more

I thought I was going to come to the end of this piece with some conclusions, but I don’t feel like I have any. Riots are complicated. And honestly, so are uprisings, and rebellions, and so is war. By the end of the Hunger Games trilogy, Katniss, the protagonist, finds herself wondering if it was worth it, given the devastation created in the war her actions sparked, and the thousands upon thousands of lives lost. When is it better to live under some level of oppression, when the alternative is years of uncertain, horrific, and bloody conflict? When is destruction of property justified, and when is it not? When is a riot an act of pent-up anger, and when is it simply opportunistic? Why does a riot lead to change, and other times not? Is there a way to determine ahead of time whether the change a riot causes will be good, or bad? Read more

In the end, “let’s keep things the way they are” will always be the argument of those who are not discriminated against or denied equal rights. And as someone who has benefited immensely from things not being kept the way they were, I say to hell with the status quo. Viva la change! Read more

One last note. Notice that Andree does not appear to actually know any bisexual individuals. Instead, she mentions something a friend of hers told her about a friend of his—this appears to be the closest she is to a bisexual person. Well you know what? I have bisexual friends, and I am somewhere on the spectrum myself. I’m kind of appalled that Andree felt some abstract thinking on her part combined with a second-hand account through a likely unreliable narrator was enough of a basis for a piece voicing such strong opinions. Read more

A Review Series of Anonymous Tip, by Michael Farris pp. 65-66 Having completed their lunch, Gwen and Peter head back to the conference room at the courthouse to meet Stan, June, and Casey. Gwen and Peter made it back to the conference room before Casey and her grandparents. Peter stepped out to the clerk’s office and used the phone to tell Sally that he would be about twenty minutes late. He asked that she apologize profusely to the clients and… Read more

I am not and never have been a gamer. My interest in various fandoms (I’m a Whovian) and my friendship with progressive feminist women who do identify as gamers has given me a window into the community, but it has always been as an outsider looking in. As I’ve followed Gamergate and various controversies over sex and gender in video games and in the wider cosplay community, it has always been with a certain feeling of detachment. Read more

I don’t have a lot of time at the moment, but I did want to drop a quick note to say how disgusting I find white America’s reaction to video footage of a black mother, Toya Graham, beating her teenage son as she drags him away from the violence between protesters and police in Baltimore. This mom has been dubbed “Hero Mom” “Mom of the Year” on media networks and twitter, trending from coast to coast. Read more

And to all of you who are not parents, I’d like to apologize on the behalf of this author and every other similarly condescending and mean-spirited parent you come upon as you go about your life. I realize I can’t actually apologize in their places, but I can at least say that I am sorry you have to put up with that. Because I am. Read more

Okay, so, there are like 150 different things wrong with this letter. I honestly feel like a letter like this ought to be an affront even to a Christian. Isn’t there a Bible verse that warns against adding to the Bible? Things like this read like that to me. And then there’s everything else that’s wrong too, and you’re free to pick it apart on the comments, but I want to focus on something slightly different for the moment. Read more

Before I sign off, let me return to the title of this post. Over the years, Sally and I have had a number of conversations about what it means to be transgender. She thought it was a bit weird the first time we talked about it, perhaps in part because she went through a stage in preschool when who was a “boy” and who was a “girl” was suddenly very important (I think this is an actual developmental stage). But honestly, it never really phased her. It never seemed like a huge deal to her. Just like she knows that some children have two mommies, she gets that some people are born with a body that is one gender and a brain that is the other. Read more

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