I Am A Cis-Woman

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I was born with all the biological markers of the female sex. I was not born with all of the classic traits of the female gender.I was born different. Different enough that I've spent a lot of my life pinpointing that difference. That means I've given a lot of thought to my gender identity and sexual orientation. I am female and I am attracted to men. The fact that I have female reproductive organs almost seems incidental to this.My personality makes more sense in a male gender. … [Read more...]

What We Mean By Rape Culture

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I debated over this post. My colleagues genuinely believe it's wrong to give things like this attention, and maybe they are right. I prefer to expose these things to the light of day. Maybe I'm wrong. I should go ahead an warn that some folks may find triggers in this post, and it does contain NSFW content.I think the PNC did a fine job of covering PSG and Melissa Murry's story. You can read the coverage here and here and here and here and here. I recommend you read through all of it. Having … [Read more...]

Gender, Sex, Fat Acceptance and Other Weird Stuff

Because y'all know I would NEVER do that...

Buckle up. This is going to be a rambler.All across my social media I'm finding really interesting ideas about gender politics, sexuality, and fat acceptance. And all these posts seem to be connected in tenuous ways that I don't have the mental bandwidth to explore deeply today.The first post is by the fabulous Jonathan Korman, who shares my deep love for comedian Louis C.K. You seriously need to take time to read the entire thing. It's fantastic: When I was a young fella I lived an … [Read more...]

On Being Internet Famous: A Tip From Half Of Your Audience

I just unsubscribed from a popular tech feed on all platforms: Twitter, Facebook, G+ and Youtube. The person behind the brand produces quality content and I have enjoyed his videos, to the point that I endure his excessive self-promotion. It's seriously a never ending cascade of Look at me! Subscribe! Watch my videos!People gotta make a living, and if I appreciate your work I will submit to this neediness in order to be updated on your latest work. I prefer people who manage to self-promote … [Read more...]

A Dog’s Perspective on Paganism

Not Willow & Reuben, but pretty darn cute all the same.

I turn 30 tomorrow. Not particularly thrilled about it. Everyone wants their birthday to be a little bit special, even if it just means getting a cookie with your lunch. I honestly didn't want to sleep alone on my birthday. While I could have made plans for sexytime, I'm instead pet-sitting for a friend. In a way, that's better.  At night Reuben wriggles under the blankets and curls up at my waist. Willow leaps atop the bed and settles down in the crook of my knees. All night … [Read more...]

Violence, Children and Women

There seems to be a theme of violence in the news this morning, and before I attempt to wrap my head around the concept of idol-worship (stay tuned!) I want to talk about violence.The first regards a local story on WSB of an investigation into child abuse because of a Santeria ritual. A daycare called the police after finding cuts on a 4-year-old girl's chest. Apparently the cross-shaped cuts are made as part of a religious ritual in order to boost the girls strength. This isn't a ritual I … [Read more...]

Imagining A Post-Gender World

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This morning I was puttering around my kitchen, fussing with toast and coffee, listening to Fleetwood Mac. I'd read Steve Provost's post on gender discrimination in Paganism (a response of sorts to Devin Hunter's post on the same topic) and I was trying to decide what, if anything, I should write about it this morning. I've touched on the topic before and it wasn't well received. I think I argued that women who behave in traditionally masculine ways are admired while men who behave the same way … [Read more...]

Guest Post: Scott Reimers’ Separate but Equal is a Lie

There was recently a large conversation regarding people being turned away from rituals at Pantheacon due to gender.  As a man who was ineligible for 3 different women only rituals, my only complaint was the lack of clarity regarding requisites for attendance.I intuited that the specific ritual Thorn mentioned in Duality and Diversity: Gender at Pantheacon was women only.   You rarely see AMAZONS hold a Skyclad, "ecstatic, undulating, life-affirming ritual in honor of Lilith"... and as … [Read more...]

Jezebel VS The Daily Show: Pagan Perspective

This morning a story about a war of words between Jezebel and The Daily Show caught my eye in between Warren Buffett acting cute and Lindsay Lohan going to jail. It seemed to suggest The Daily Show was sexist, and as a fan I wanted to get to the bottom of it. So I read all the sides and as a feminist I'm really peeved at Jezebel.Here's the scoop: Jezebel ran a story interviewing women who lost their jobs at The Daily Show and who couldn't get hired at The Daily Show about how the show is run … [Read more...]

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