Short thoughts: avoiding linguistic imperialism in gender discourse

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Teen Vogue’s short article Sam Smith shouldn’t be called non-binary: here’s why reflects my exact thoughts on the headlines about Sam a week or so ago. None of the articles claiming Sam had come out as “gender non-binary” (not just “non-binary”, which seems like a meaningful distinction regarding group membership) actually quoted anything from Sam that said this was the … read more

Cissexism is everywhere, every day

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Cissexism is everywhere, every day Cissexism is the toxic masculinity, societal anti-femininity and transmisogyny that shapes the way I present The dresses I would’ve worn had I not feared the thump and the dent And the times I look in the mirror and what I see I resent Cissexism is everywhere, every day Cissexism is the assumptions made about my … read more

Research participants needed: “Talking beyond the binary: queer and genderqueer speech”

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I’m in the process of recruiting participants/informants for my PhD research focusing on queer and genderqueer speech. I come at this as a queer and genderqueer/non-binary (as well as trans) person, therefore the research is being conducted from inside the community. I need participants from the following social/identity groups across a range of ages: genderqueer and/or non-binary people trans women … read more

Share and critique: “Polyamorous relationships may be the future of love”

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Melissa Hogenboom writes Polyamorous relationships may be the future of love, a potentially controversial headline and one with which I’m largely inclined to agree. A good article on the whole – reasonably broad and thorough, and providing much-needed visibility for poly people. What follows are a couple of short highlights and a number of critical comments on the content. A … read more

Short thoughts: EU referendum, the future, governance and education

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A few short thoughts following the United Kingdom’s (UK) European Union (EU) membership referendum, in part inspired by this and other recent journalism and reportage: We need a second referendum. The consequences of Brexit are too grave [trigger warning: one instance of a mental health term being used derogatorily by author]. It’s not over yet 52% is a wholly unreasonable … read more

Short thoughts: yes to LGBT-only student accommodation

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This is a quick response to the article No straight people allowed: students share views on LGBT-only halls. I agree with having the option of LGBT-only university accommodation in halls of residence in the same way that I agree with having the option of women-only or international-only (for instance) accommodation and for the same reason people still appreciate dedicated LGBT … read more

“Lavender white green” or “Me, myself but not Irene” or “Time to be seen”

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Hello people. This is an open, emotionally uncharged/neutral, frank, matter of fact and honest message about me. It’s adapted from a message originally sent to my close family on International Trans Day of Visibility (Thursday 31 March 2016). Hence some of the assumptions made here about understandings of gender may not apply more generally, but given the huge variation in … read more

Unrequited hate and the hierarchies of evil

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Our cultural memory is flawed if we universally dislike anyone who dislikes us, or anyone who commits an act we consider to be evil. We need only travel back decades, not centuries, to find a time when it was the norm to ‘disagree’ with homosexuality. Are today’s younger generations filled with hatred at the very thought of their close ancestors … read more