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FOUND: What makes Amy Ray smile

Back in 2012 I posted about Amy Ray’s performance at The Saint in Asbury Park, NJ and noted that while she was terrific, as ever, she was also characteristically scowly, so much so, in fact, that I posted a challenge, offering $50 to anyone who could get photo or video of Amy Ray smiling and/or giggling. My proviso was […]

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8 Things You Didn’t Know about Vaginas

Everyone likes a good list. Listicles come up on our social media feeds in record numbers. Typical entries include: 11 Things You Can do to Prevent Your Inevitable Divorce The 9 Habits of People Who Commit Suicide 32 Ways to Prepare Halibut Top 111 Reasons to Avoid Snake Bite A New Yorker article from 2013 tried to explain why lists get […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: The Queer Anxiety of Whiplash

The film Whiplash by Damien Chazelle, is based loosely on his experiences in the Princeton High School Studio Band. The film’s protagonist is Andrew, played by Miles Teller, a gifted young drummer at a fictional music conservatory in New York. His mentor and nemesis is his Studio Band conductor, Terence Fletcher, played by JK Simmons, who won the Best […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: “The Imitation Game”

Last night “The Imitation Game” won the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay. Here I will evaluate it on the merits and consider it from a queer perspective. If you haven’t seen it, be aware, many spoilers lie ahead. ***                       I saw “The Imitation Game” in one […]

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Bananas are not butch…but they are a bitch

This post isn’t precisely about queer studies, but, to my mind, the crap we shill out to children is pretty queer in itself and deserves occasional examination. Lots of gays and lesbians are parents, and gay parenting seems to be having its moment. Just this summer the Supreme Court voted down the Defense of Marriage […]

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f to 7th

REVIEW: F to 7th Season 1 had moments of brilliance

F to 7th: A homoneurotic web series started its first season (8 episodes) a month ago, after securing funds through a Kickstarter campaign. The series features the writing and acting of Ingrid Jungermann a thesis student at NYU: Tisch School of the Arts in the Graduate Film Program (according to her webpage bio). F to […]

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I am not “just like you!”

I saw Bishop Gene Robinson on The Daily Show this past week explaining how loving gay and lesbian families are, just like heterosexual families. Bishop Robinson is a brave person and I respect him as a faith leader , but his argument is both inaccurate and dangerous. It is one I hear all the time […]

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Slate sucks at vagina politics

Slate sucks at vagina politics

Okay, Slate, an article about how to do your make up so you look like a porn star? I cannot get my head around it. You put it on the XX factor and do not appear to have thought about the ethical implications. You’ve created this segment of your news and culture site specifically to address […]

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U of Cincinnati women putting their vaginas to good use

Last May the Genocide Awareness Project did a presentation at the University of Cincinnati that featured images of aborted fetuses. This past week the UC Feminists and UC Alliance responded with a gender empowerment demonstration featuring photos of their own vaginas. Sporting one of the best news headlines of the week —Vagina Demonstration Causes Flurry […]

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No, Emily Saliers’s baby won’t make her less gay

In a recent article on AfterEllen.com Sarah Terez Rosenblum notes that Emily Saliers of the Indigo Girls is expecting a baby with her partner. Rosenblum waxes poetic about her own disinterest in marriage and child rearing and her fondness for lesbian life in part because it seems to offer a way out of these burdens. If […]

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