Category Archives: Queer Issues

Amazon censors women and queer people

So, I’m sure everyone has heard by now, but Amazon has recently made the decision to remove the sales rankings of so-called “adult” books in order to ensure that they don’t show up in some searches (like the default search) … Continue reading

Posted in Anti-oppression activism, Books, magazines, etc., Censorship, Companies Behaving Badly, Gender issues, Privilege, Queer Issues, Sex, sexuality, and sexual politics, The Evil -ism's | 2 Comments

Responsibility of comedy writers

Although I had never heard of Graham Linehan before, he’s apparently a writer for some fairly popular UK comedies, including one called The IT Crowd. Now, apparently there was a recent episode of that show that included a sub-plot involving … Continue reading

Posted in Anti-oppression activism, Film and televison, Queer Issues, Sex, sexuality, and sexual politics, The Evil -ism's | 9 Comments

Shame on you, BBC

The BBC has chosen to defend some transphobic comments made by a gay comedian whose show they sponsor. In this clip where he’s talking about Thomas Beatie, he says: “If he hasn’t had genital surgery surely that just makes him … Continue reading

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Reasons why unisex bathrooms are good for all

When we talk about replacing gendered bathrooms with unisex ones, the conversation tends to focus on the important issue of giving those who don’t fit easily into the gender binary (whether they be trans*, genderqueer, intersexed, or even engaging in … Continue reading

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Who's the butt of the joke?

On the over-the-top offensiveness of God Hand (the game the above clip comes from), pat of Token Minorities says: I don’t think this is accidental. I think this says something about us, as the kinds of people who enjoyed and … Continue reading

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The problem with feminism lite

I apologize for rehashing an old debate, but I came across a Facebook cause yesterday called Forward Feminism. Their tagline states “Bring back the true values of Feminism” and they say that they are “[b]ased off the book Full Frontal … Continue reading

Posted in Feminism, Privilege, Queer Issues, The Evil -ism's | 11 Comments

Happy National Coming Out Day

Hopefully I’m still in time. The timezone stuff is weird.

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Debunking rumours: Chinese MMO's anti-genderbending policy

Doubtless many of you have heard (from Kotaku or other sources) about Shanda Entertainment, a Chinese MMO publisher, requiring photographic proof of a person’s sex in order to allow them to play a female avatar. This information is most likely … Continue reading

Posted in China, Gender issues, Queer Issues, Skepticism, Video Games | 1 Comment

Male normativity in the usage of "homosexual" and "gay"

The terms “gay” and “homosexual” aren’t technically gendered; homosexual women often refer to themselves as gay, and the fact that the previous clause is correct English in itself should be self-evident as to my point. And yet, over and over … Continue reading

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More real world Privilege in Action: Casual heterosexism

I wrote about my language school for another PiA post here, but I’d like to bring it up again today. My topic here is heterosexism and it’s in similar vein to the first post and, again, about a reoccurring pattern. … Continue reading

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