With no formal government data collection method, the full scope of LGBQT experience isn’t really understood on a national level. It’s time for that to change.
Until very recently, almost no data specifically addressing discrimination against the trans community were available, beyond extremely limited datasets, many with biased samples—like self-reporting individuals from a small geographic or demographic base. Hearing, for example, from a group of white transgender people in an affluent region of a city doesn’t really provide a broad spectrum of […]
I confess that until very recently, when I thought of drones, I thought of two things. The first, of course, is the modern weapon of war, the device from which death can be brought from above and across thousands of miles; the drone strikes we see on the news and the things that trouble at […]
In pop culture, few things irk me more than poorly researched representation. Whether we’re talking about depictions of places from people who have clearly never been there and didn’t even pick up a map, or obviously troped and inaccurate depictions of other people’s lives, the first thing that comes to mind is: Did you even TRY […]
So every now and then there’s a news story about new words being added to the dictionary that’s framed as both hilarious and awful because they’re all horribly outré modern words that are all gross and icky. Most of them come from the internet, though others may incorporate other new usages in English. People express […]
I read a lot of social science journals. I’m probably not alone in that. There’s a lot of interesting stuff in there, including complex and detailed studies of individuals, populations, and phenomena. Sociology journals, for example, help me understand my own society as well as that of others, and they shed light on specific things […]
In the constant fight to improve representation of minorities in fiction, performance, and other media, the concept of writing the other often comes up; the media are dominated by people who have certain social advantages, and they’re the ones writing the representations, for the most part. Which means that one way to increase representations is […]
The origins of the Food and Drug Administration lie in a sort of wild West of unregulated medical practice, a world where anything could be slapped in a bottle and called a tonic, even if it killed people, where no regulations existed to protect food products, where people could merrily push contaminated cheese and whatever […]