Category: Sexuality

: Moving towards solidarity

For decades, the feminist movement has been split over the status of trans people, and of trans women in particular. High-profile feminists such as Germaine Greer, Jan Raymond and Julie Bindel have spoken out against what Greer terms “people who think they are women, have women’s names, and feminine clothes and lots of eyeshadow, who Read more…

Rory Carroll: Fat, Gay and Proud: A New Kind of Venezuelan Beauty Queen

(December 8th 2009) — Music swells, lights flash and the contestants strut on to the stage, waving and blowing kisses. All wear high heels, bikinis and wide smiles.   It is another beauty pageant in Venezuela, a self-styled "beauty superpower" which worships physical perfection and has won the two most recent Miss Universe titles. But this Read more…

Khin .: Cousin Marriage: Shaking Off the Shame

Who says cousin marriage is wrong? Who says it’s not a legitimate political issue? I am supposedly on blogging hiatus right now, but I just had to announce the arrival of this awesome new article from the New York Times by writer Sarah Kershaw. WHEN Kimberly Spring-Winters told her mother she was in love, she Read more…

Khin .: Getting Cousin Marriage on the Legislative Agenda

How can we get repealing bans on first cousin marriage on the US legislative agenda? I think it would clearly help in getting started to consider why it has not already been raised as an issue, given facts like that no other Western country prohibits it and that the genetic arguments have been shown to Read more…

Khin .: Cousin Marriage Should Be Legalized!

Marriage between first cousins is currently illegal in about 30 US states. But in contrast to the tremendous attention that gay marriage receives, this issue receives close to zero. This is despite the fact that in some countries 50% of all marriages are between cousins. Even in supposedly liberal circles you are liable to be Read more…

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Michael Bronski: New Culture Wars Over Gay Teens?

We are beginning to see a small but gradual shift in the ongoing culture wars around queers, away from the issue of same-sex marriage back to the 1970s preoccupation with children. The issue of same-sex marriage has been front and center for anti-gay right wing organizing for the past decade. Ever since Baehr v. Miike, Read more…

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Sherry Wolf: We’ve just begun to fight

Sherry Wolf, the author of Sexuality and Socialism and a leading organizer of the National Equality March last weekend, looks at what made the demonstration a success.   THE FIRST mass protest of the Obama era–the tea-bagging gatherings of bigots aside–was a colossal success.   In defiance of the corporate-run LGBT establishment, Gay Inc., and Read more…

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Dave Zirin: Can the NFL Tackle Homophobia?

In the recent past, LGBT issues were only part of the NFL landscape when players held press conferences to assure fans that despite the rumors, they are not gay (without even adding the requisite "not that there’s anything wrong with that ").   But as a direct result of the movement for marriage equality, there Read more…

Ron Jacobs: An Injury To One Is An Injury To All: An Interview With Sherry Wolf

On October 11th, 2009, a march billed as the National March for Equality will take place in Washington, DC.  The organizers of the march are organizing under a single demand: "Equal protection in all matters governed by civil law in all 50 states."  Their website states their philosophy in an equally succinct manner:  "As members Read more…

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Dave Zirin: Stop the Savage Sex Scare in Sports

The salacious sports media and the puritanical zealots that run international track and field have joined forces to hit a new low. Someone in the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) leaked to the press that Caster Semenya, the 18-year-old 800-meter track champion from South Africa, is, in the words of Oren Yaniv in the Read more…

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