The truck has become an enduring symbol of rural life, but sometimes a truck is just a truck, no matter what conservatives think.
Ellen Page is being hailed for her travel series Gaycation, which purports to show a window into gay lives around the world. Really, though, it’s just another example of colonial attitudes.
Alex Gino is a fat genderqueer glitter liberationist who attracted considerable media attention earlier this year with the release of their chapter book George, about a transgender fourth grader. The book joins the growing canon of books expanding trans representation in media and pop culture, but it also hits a critical age range, as children’s books with trans […]
14 years ago, we woke up to a very different landscape in the United States, and not just in lower Manhattan. The metaphorical and cultural landscape of this country changed radically with the fall of the Twin Towers as well as the collision into the Pentagon and the crash in Pennsylvania that likely averted an attack […]
When I was first introduced to various schools of philosophy, there was one I was almost instantaneously and inevitably drawn to. It’s perhaps not a surprise to learn that it was utilitarianism, focusing on the greatest good for the greatest number of people and creating a society that operates at maximum efficiency. Some people seem […]
It might seem odd to compare a constantly-mocked social group with a 15th century ‘explorer,’ but the similarities are closer than you think: Both seemed to specialise in charging rampantly into territories they boldly claimed were unchartered, stumbling around in the woods a while when they hit land, and then declaring that they had discovered […]
Few things irk me more than seeing a man receive accolades for saying or doing something that women have been saying and doing for years. Which basically means that I am irked all the time, because this happens continually — even in ‘progressive’ circles that should know better — and I’m thus endlessly frustrated. It’s […]
We know. You love hating on millennials, that shiftless, whiny, useless generation overrunning the streets with their brunch and their black-rimmed glasses. We never had it as hard as you — oh, except for how many of us have endured war for over half our lives, along with multiple economic downturns, skyrocketing costs of living, […]
One thing that fascinates me about WisCon is a key difference between moderators that might seem subtle to someone who isn’t paying attention. During Q&As or audience commentaries, they handle picking people in two very different ways. Let’s say, theoretically, that a person with a red dress stands up or raises a hand to ask a […]
If I were to tick off a list of my closest friends and where I’d met them, at the moment, a large percentage of that list would be people from the internet. People I met on Twitter. People I met on an ancient BBS. People I met on online dating sites. People I met through […]