On The Erasure of People of Colour From Dystopian Fiction

I've been thinking a lot about the comments made by Noah co-screenwriter Ari Handel that have been circulating recently. Asked about the extreme whiteness of the cast, Handel said that the "the race of the individual doesn't matter." Presumably this was meant to be a defense: » 4/19/14 12:00pm Today 12:00pm

Turkey Now Wants to Build All Gay Prisons For 'Protection'

The current administration heading Turkey has announced plans to house gay prisoners in yet to be built all gay prisons. Gay rights groups in the country have expressed concerns about further marginalising LGBT+ persons in a society generally hostile to homosexuality, and where gay prisoners are usually housed in… » 4/19/14 11:10am Today 11:10am

What Exactly Are We Talking About When We Say "Rape Culture"?

I've read a few things the past few days that have made me wonder what, exactly, we're talking about when we talk about "rape culture", and what things fall into that. One of the comments to the Gawker article on the guy who confessed to raping his masseuse was, "this is rape culture." At the time, I rec'ed it, but now I'm … » 4/18/14 8:37pm Yesterday 8:37pm

The benefits of a martial art (Part 1)

As is obvious, I'm a huge proponent of martial arts for people from any age (especially for kids, but I'll write this in general.) And not just for the typical "discipline" reasons that most people propose (though that's one big reason.) There's a litany of reasons, so therefore in the spirit of the Internet, I'm going… » 4/18/14 7:58pm Yesterday 7:58pm

Game of Threads: How to Dress for the Purple Wedding

First of all I will apologize that this post is a titch late, but I don't think you can blame me: I've only now just stopped giggling in schadenfreude over last week's episode of Game of Thrones. What was I giggling about? Dudes. What wasn't I giggling about? The Lion and the Rose gave us endless giggle-worthy moments. … » 4/18/14 1:42pm Yesterday 1:42pm

Think You Know What 'Queer' Looks Like? Think Again.

What do queer people look like? What does it mean to be LGBT+ when it comes to outward sexual orientation markers and gender presentation? The Identity Project seeks to answer this question through a collection of portraits of people who identify across the LGBT+ spectrum. The results are spectacular and thought… » 4/17/14 9:05pm Thursday 9:05pm

The Real Losers in #MommyWars: Freaking Everybody Else

This week, a "viral video ad" (barf barf barf) from a greeting card company aimed at the vital Mother's Day market started making the rounds on the internet and results have been...mixed, to say the least. But the really great thing is that it's revived the age old debate of who's worse: self-righteous stay at home moms, … » 4/17/14 2:56pm Thursday 2:56pm

Should we pay high risk populations to get vaccinated?

As most of us learned through both common sense and the evidence thoughtfully provided by anti-vaxxers in the form of measles outbreaks, the greater the number of individuals vaccinated, the greater the public health benefit. IV drug users (IVDU) are at a particularly high risk for hepatitis B. Fortunately, we have a… » 4/16/14 10:54pm Wednesday 10:54pm

An Ode to Action Flicks and Fictional Women Who Kick Ass

I'm an unabashed lover of action films. I grew up watching films like Die Hard, Point Break, Total Recall, Passenger 57, Top Gun, and The Terminator franchise, so I spent a good deal of time as a kid running around my backyard screaming, "YI PEE KAY YAY MOTHERFUCKER" and "SAY HELLO TO MY LITTLE FRIEND." » 4/16/14 10:10pm Wednesday 10:10pm

Gender Transition as Social Experiment?

Alexa Huang, Professor of English at George Washington University, writes about her experiences of the intersection of gender identity and race by looking at how her transition as a trans woman of color, specifically as an Asian trans woman, has altered the way privilege is applied, not applied, restricted, or revoked… » 4/16/14 7:31pm Wednesday 7:31pm