Category Archives: Queer Issues

And THIS is how you do satire

The views I am about to express are not very fashionable. They are certainly not politically correct. But I believe what I am about to say must be expressed to protect the institution of marriage. Too often in the media, … Continue reading

Posted in Queer Issues, Teh Funnay | 6 Comments

Just because you can't see it, doesn't mean it's not there

Today’s PiA post comes from the Girl Wonder forums. It is, in part, a reaction to my privilege list, which the poster in question was linked to among other posts. I have lived my life bullied and dismissed and marginalized … Continue reading

Posted in Classism, Gender issues, Privilege in Action, Queer Issues | 5 Comments

Do we have the right to express our opinion anywhere, anytime?

If I tell myself, “this will be a short PiA post” will that make it true? Anyway, this post is halfway between real life and internet, as it happened to me while I was playing Final Fantasy XI last night. … Continue reading

Posted in Privilege in Action, Queer Issues, Video Games | 3 Comments

Report on Violence Involving Sexual Minorities in Japan

I was recently made aware of a report from the Institute for Global Health by Anthony S. DiStefano documenting violence involving sexual minorities in Japan in 2003-2004. The report, entitled Report on Violence Involving Sexual Minorities in Japan, is available … Continue reading

Posted in Japan, Queer Issues, Sex, sexuality, and sexual politics, Studies | 2 Comments

Fox News on genderblind college rooming

On a related issue, Fox News contributes to the skyrocketing divorce rates with this insulting piece. Seriously, if their relationships are that bad that they believe that kind of BS, why are they married in the first place? Via queer_rage

Posted in Gender Caste, Gender essentialism, Gender issues, Media and journalism, Queer Issues, The Evil -ism's, USA | 6 Comments

Feminist SF Carnival: 4th Edition

Welcome to the Fourth Edition of the Carnival of Feminist Science Fiction and Fantasy Fans! We’ve got quite a collection here this time, a whole host of topics organized by medium: Comic Books and Novels, Film and Television, and (my … Continue reading

Posted in Carnivals, Blog Against -ism Days, etc., Comics, cartoons, manga, and anime, Feminism, Film and televison, Personal, Queer Issues, Racism, Sex, sexuality, and sexual politics, Video Games | 9 Comments

Dividing to include, including to divide?

So, as y’all should know by now, I currently live in Japan, but I consider my home area to be the Washington and British Columbia areas. My mom lives there and she recently e-mailed me a news article about the formation of GLBT Month in Jefferson County. The reason she did this was because of one letter to the editor that angered her very much.

In a nutshell, Connie Rosenquist, the letter writer, is angry over Jefferson County’s decision to have a GLBT Month. My mother said that most of the responses to the original article were positive, but this negative one pushed her buttons for a reason she couldn’t name. I read it and knew immediately what it was; it was the same attitude that opponents of this proclamation in the original article expressed. An attitude that oppression activists are intimately familiar with.

I’m talking about privilege.

In this case, the ability to believe that one’s privileged state is the “default” and therefore see any attempt at equality as the non-privileged groups to get “special” rights, or to see them as trying to shut you out of “your” community. I’ve taken this on from the perspective of helping potential allies, but now I want to examine exactly why these attitudes are actually harmful to the expressed goals of equality, neutrality, and inclusion. Continue reading

Posted in Eradicating Divisive Discourse, Politics, Queer Issues, USA | 3 Comments

A Declaration of Ambiguity

As I find myself being more and more vague when talking about dating, I realize that nobody knows what my sexual orientation is. Maybe I’m becoming more aware from getting closer to my queer friends, or finally feeling comfortable enough to talk about sex when I talk to other women (of all persuasions).

Well, it’s about time I outed myself in honor of Blog Against Heteronormity Day because heteronormity is what made me default to straight. Well, this is my first public admittance: I don’t consider myself a heterosexual.

It feels good to say that. So what am I? Continue reading

Posted in Carnivals, Blog Against -ism Days, etc., Personal, Queer Issues | 20 Comments

Today is Blog Against Heteronormativity Day

Today is “Blog Against Heteronormativity Day” (April 22). Instigated and hosted by Nubian at Blac(k)ademic, this blogging event aims to raise awareness about heteronormativity. If you’re participating, or if you just want to show your support, you can pick up … Continue reading

Posted in Carnivals, Blog Against -ism Days, etc., Gender Caste, Queer Issues, Sex, sexuality, and sexual politics, Related | 2 Comments

To my fellow sisters-in-arms:

Stop it. Stop invalidating me because of my reproductive choices. Stop telling me what is and is not worthy of discussion. Stop calling me names because I have a different sexual expression than you. Stop discriminating against our sisters just … Continue reading

Posted in Childfree Issues, Eradicating Divisive Discourse, Feminism, Gender Caste, Personal, Popular Culture, Queer Issues, Sex, sexuality, and sexual politics | 5 Comments