School's Out: Looks Ain't Everything, But it Ain't Wrong to Look

If I could time travel without, like, disrupting the space-time continuum, one of the many things I would tell a younger me would be that: It’s not the interest in appearance that’s wrong, it’s how you do it. Fascination with the visual is something as broad as the history of... Read more »

School's Out: I Wanna Hold Your Hand

I’m an affectionate person, almost everyone I’ve dated or been friends with commenting on that. But whenever I am out in public with my fiancée, I become self-consciously affectionate. Not because I’m concerned about what nasty thoughts people might think about seeing such... Read more »

School's Out: Gender Bending and Gender Blending

We’re elaborately taught how to relate to ourselves as gendered beings. It’s been a long time that people have been building on the critical observation that there’s no natural connection between pink/girl or boy/blue, yet kids continue... Read more »

School's Out: Asexy Teens

A few posts ago, in Slut Shaming and the Empowered Young Woman, one reader commented on the way that asexuality is written out of a lot of the most visible debates on what it means to be mature, empowered, and sexually self-aware. She... Read more »

School's Out: Teaching Homosexuality?

After seeing the headline “Catholic School Board Raises Concerns Over Teaching Homosexuality in School” the other day, I got to thinking that there’s still a lot of confusion about “inclusive” education. Teaching homosexuality!? What exactly does that mean? Here’s my take on the... Read more »

School's Out: Popular Media and the Gay Teen Martyr

Kids are indeed the future and so they’re also the site of great moral panic. As more kids are skipping the closet, debate rages on about what is appropriate to “expose” young people to—which also raises the question of what is appropriate to acknowledge as already existing in young people... Read more »

Sexual Inadequacy: Anoka-Hennepin School District

The School District held an investigation you see, nothing too formal, they just sat down amongst themselves and members of the community, and decided they didn’t have a bullying problem. Members of the community formed the Parents Action League, to make certain the neutrality policy, the... Read more »

Political InQueery: To Gay or Not to Gay Educate

In May, Tennessee’s legislators came very close to passing a bill that make it a misdemeanor for teachers of K–8 students to talk about homosexuality. Dubbed the “Don’t Say Gay Bill,” queer activists were unsurprisingly upset about its progress through the General Assembly and state... Read more »

On Our Radar

Friday is linkday! Bitch Leadership Council member and Feminist Coming Out Day organizer... Read more »

Revenge of the Feminerd: More Feminerd Forerunners

Earlier in this series I did a post on the bluestockings and a Facebook commenter suggested I do a follow-up piece on Japanese anarchist feminists. I thought now would be a good opportunity to mention them and some... Read more »