Posts Tagged ‘LGBTQ’


“Bette Davis, sumptuously horrific in the title role, in Baby Jane.” Bette Davis as Jane, fake smiling and carrying a tea tray.

A lot of my focus on queer horror this year has been on better representation of queer creators and characters in horror. But what about the films queer folks have reappropriated for themselves?

David Greven’s “Bringing out Baby Jane: camp, sympathy, and the 1960s horror-woman’s film” is an analysis of 1960s melodramas that were reappropriated as camp by (primarily) gay and bi men.


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Bi Visibility Day is Sept. 23, 2017, so to kick off the festivities, I have a new “Ask a Bisexual” for you!

Ask a Bisexual is an ongoing series of posts about bi-erasure and bisexuality, the attraction to two or more genders.

In today’s piece, I’ll be discussing monosexism, cissexism, and visibility in Evan Urquhart’s piece “After Transitioning, I Want to Blend In. But My Lesbian Wife Still Wants to Be Out.” You might notice the slug in the URL is “how can queer couples be out when they look straight?”, which is exactly the point I want to address: How can they be out? Why, just ask a bisexual!


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On counting and reporting sexuality in regards to desire, experience, and identity.

Inequality by (Interior) Design

Cross-posted at Social (In)Queery

When nationally representative surveys first started appearing that addressed issues of gender and sexual identities and practices, most people had the same question.  It was some derivation of, “How many gay/lesbian/bisexual/trans*/etc. people are there?”  And, from a sociological perspective, it’s a question often associated with a fundamental misunderstanding of how complicated a question like that actually is.

0226470202In 1994, Edward Laumann, John Gagnon, Robert Michael and Stuart Michaels published an incredible book on one of the first nationally representative surveys of the American population concerning issues of sexuality, sexual behavior, and sexual orientation–The Social Organization of Sexuality.  In their chapter, “Homosexuality,” they begin a brief section of the book on the “dimensions of sexuality” that encompasses some of my favorite findings out of the study.  In it, they write,

To quantify or count something requires unambiguous definition of the phenomenon in question.  And we…

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I apologize for the lack of a July gender reader. I always end up gathering links right as a topic explodes in the media, and my own fandoms have gone a bit mad lately, which resulted in a Sherlock marathon in between the Olympics, traveling, and trying to sort out my thoughts about Elisabeth. Lately I’ve been collecting links on two subjects: geek culture and bodies. Some of these are old news, but I hope that by gathering them in one place, I can show trends in subsections of this subject.

Warning: articles contain spoilers for some series; discussions of sexism, rape.


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