More Slut Shaming

A judge said a 14 year old girl who consented to sex with a 49 year old man who was also her teacher was “older than her chronological years” and “as much in control” as the man was. The man… Continue Reading

Subscription Problem

Hello all! I’ve been having a problem with the subscription widget for this blog lately and haven’t yet come up with a fix. Once I do, I’ll announce it here – and/or hopefully be able to send an email to… Continue Reading

Women & Math

How does biology explain the low numbers of women in computer science? Hint: it doesn't. from Terri Oda

Seattle Times, Too

As I previously mentioned, an article in The Seattle Times has also called for Chelsea Manning to receive medical care for her transition if she desires it, but emphasizes the issues of violence and assault faced by trans women in… Continue Reading

Trans Archiving: March 21-23, 2014

SAVE THE DATE! Don’t miss the first-ever conference on Trans* archiving! Moving Trans* History Forward University of Victoria Transgender Archives Symposium March 21—23, 2014 Victoria, British Columbia, Canada A 3-day symposium on Trans* archival collections focusing on acquisition, preservation, and… Continue Reading

NYC Editorial Board Calls for Manning’s Humane Treatment

This is what I call a Big Fucking Deal: The NYT Editorial Board wrote a piece calling for medical transition care for Private Manning and for other trans prisoners like her, making the important point too that her housing should… Continue Reading

Outagamie County Considers Benefits for Domestic Partners

On Tuesday afternoon, the Outagamie County Legislative Committee will consider adding Domestic Partner Health Coverage for gay and lesbian county employees in a domestic partnership. You can contact the Committee by emailing them and telling them it’s the right thing… Continue Reading


Madelaine Ashby, the scifi writer, has a great blog post about how to write about periods. Why? Because they take up a fuckton of a woman’s life is why. In 20 or so bullet points, she sums up some of… Continue Reading

Islan, & Harlem, & Me

I went to college in Harlem, slept with men in Harlem, lived a little north of Harlem and a little south of Harlem for most of my 20s. I cut my teeth on womanism, which was the first form of… Continue Reading

First Listen: Franz Ferdinand

I love Franz Ferdinand, if that’s unclear, and this new one sounds as good as the rest – check it out at NPR.

Hello, #NPR?

National Public Radio will continue for now to refer to Private Manning as “he,” according to a spokeswoman, Anna Bross. “Until Bradley Manning’s desire to have his gender changed actually physically happens, we will be using male-related pronouns to identify… Continue Reading

RIP Islan Nettles

As if another side of the universe is heard from: Islan Nettles, a 21 year old trans woman, died of wounds inflicted Saturday night. She died yesterday in Harlem hospital. She and her friends were attacked by a group of… Continue Reading

Chelsea (nee Bradley) Manning: Being Trans and in Prison

As many of you know, a photo of the person we know as Bradley Manning presenting as female was released by the Army before she was sentenced. As you also probably know, Manning is to serve 35 years for leaking… Continue Reading

Guest Post: Trish Mifflin

Trish Mifflin recently wrote a short review of the book True Selves that she posted on our community forums, and I thought it was worth posting here for others to read. Do you agree? Disagree? I know this has been… Continue Reading

NYC Cyclist Rides in Bike Lanes, Only

It’s a PSA: Casey Neistat got a ticket for not riding in the bike lane – which, btw, is NOT illegal – and decided to ride in the bike lane no matter what obstacles were in it with him. Buster… Continue Reading

Neil Gaiman on Art, Work, & Happiness

This is for my wife, who loves Mr. Gaiman at least as much as I do. This is my favorite bit: People keep working in a freelance world because their work is good, they’re easy to get along with, &… Continue Reading

Walker Watch

I’m not sure people are aware of this, but Scott Walker has been having people arrested for singing, or watching people sing, in the state capitol’s rotunda. This is the same place where all the protests happened a few years… Continue Reading

On Vaccinations

I have a lot of friends with children, and I’m increasingly chagrined that my own peers are taking their political views on Big Pharma to a place that puts all of us at greater risk of dying of things we… Continue Reading

Gay Men Stay Gay….

… when they date trans men, that is. Artist Bill Roundy wrote a comic about what it’s like to be a gay man who dates trans guys is actually pretty damned amusing. <—– Here’s one snippet. What we have learned:… Continue Reading


8/20 UPDATE: “The storm of emotions going through us was incredible. And if we, accidentally, while congratulating each other, touched lips, excuse me. We think the whole fuss is more of a sick fantasy not grounded in anything.” — Russian… Continue Reading