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

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