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Kelsy Burke: Christian sex advice websites offer a peek into evangelical politics

On May 4, President Donald Trump signed an executive order that allows churches and religious leaders to explicitly endorse or oppose a political candidate without penalty to their nonprofit, tax-exempt … Continue reading

September 22, 2018 · Leave a comment

Bart Plantenga: A Transsexual, a Chainsaw & a Soiled Toilet

I will always be a stranger who never feels at home Eugene O’Neill . Let me begin by saying that nothing is as it seems and, in this case that … Continue reading

July 12, 2018 · 2 Comments

Leslie Anne Mcilroy: On the Rocks

I love my son so much I no longer call him my daughter. He presses his bound breasts to me when I hug him hello and goodbye. He wants them … Continue reading

June 25, 2018 · Leave a comment

A.E. Housman: “Shake hands, we shall never be friends, all’s over”

Shake hands, we shall never be friends, all’s over; I only vex you the more I try. All’s wrong that ever I’ve done or said, And nought to help it … Continue reading

May 5, 2018 · Leave a comment

Irvin Cemil Schick: What Ottoman erotica teaches us about sexual pluralism

History might be the best antidote to the unthinking, and pernicious, naturalisation of cisgender identity and heterosexuality. When confronted with the fact that, for most of history, people simply did … Continue reading

May 5, 2018 · 2 Comments

Video: illuminate — a cinematic poem about being in the closet

. Nisha Gupta, the director of “illuminate,” says: This short film is based on in-depth phenomenological research interviews with sexual minorities about their lived experiences of being in the closet. … Continue reading

May 5, 2018 · Leave a comment

Steven Singer: Reasons People Hate, Hate, HATE Betsy DeVos

Lesley Stahl: Why have you become, people say, the most hated Cabinet secretary? Education Sec. Betsy DeVos: I’m not sure exactly how that happened… I’m more misunderstood than anything. . … Continue reading

March 14, 2018 · Leave a comment

Sarah Browning: Titian’s San Christoforo

Ducal Palace, Venice, 1523 The saint’s massive muscled arms – arms for the forge, for fighting, for tending   and laboring – reach toward heaven, toward the baby god on … Continue reading

October 1, 2017 · Leave a comment

Video: Clio Cresswell — Mathematics and Sex

. Mathematics and sex are deeply intertwined. From using mathematics to reveal patterns in our sex lives, to using sex to prime our brain for certain types of problems, to … Continue reading

September 17, 2017 · Leave a comment

Charlotte Mew: May 1915

Let us remember Spring will come again To the scorched, blackened woods, where the wounded trees Wait with their old wise patience for the heavenly rain, Sure of the sky: … Continue reading

July 18, 2017 · Leave a comment

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