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Something old, something new — trans identities are not up for outsider debate

Earlier this year (way back in March), columnist for The Nation Katha Pollitt wrote an article titled “Who Has Abortions?” Pollitt’s thesis was essentially that as some organizations shifted to move inclusive language around issues of reproductive rights, women were being erased. For instance, saying “pregnant people” as opposed to “pregnant women.” (Why “pregnant people?” Well, […]

By |November 6th, 2015|Culture, Politics, Transgender|3 Comments

I don’t travel much. Here’s why.

I don’t really travel much.

Why? Well, for one, my work rarely requires that I travel, so that’s one aspect of it, I suppose. Another reason I’m reluctant to travel is that my dog Meatball is kind of a handful, so I feel bad trying to ask friends or family to watch her for any extended […]

By |September 25th, 2015|Culture, Personal, Transgender|1 Comment

It’s not “politically correct.” It’s just “correct.”

“Is the world becoming to ‘politically correct!?'”

You’ll find no shortage of articles, op-eds, YouTube videos, or television segments asking this very question. Between that, the handwringing over whether or not trigger warnings are a good or bad thing, and accusations of “censorship” (that 99.9% of the time have very little to do with actual censorship), […]

By |September 21st, 2015|Culture|0 Comments

It’s about ethics in journalism.

After the CFO of a media company was publicly outed as being gay (or bisexual) last week, I watched as “media Twitter” erupted in debate about the ethics of outing.

Now, I’ve written about this topic several times before. The first was in January 2014, after a Grantland published an article written by a freelancer named Caleb […]

By |July 20th, 2015|Culture|2 Comments

Serena Williams is the greatest of all-time. Deal with it.

You may not be a huge tennis (or even sports, in general) fan, but you might want to stick around for this post, anyway.

On Saturday, Serena Williams won her 21st career Grand Slam title when she defeated 21-year-old Garbine Muguruza handily 6-4, 6-4.

By |July 13th, 2015|Culture, Sports|0 Comments

VIDEO: About Caitlyn Jenner’s wardrobe (and why it shouldn’t matter)

By |June 3rd, 2015|Culture, LGBT, Transgender|0 Comments

It’s a shame that you didn’t get a say in whether or not trans people exist, but get over it.

If I pointed out every time someone wrote an article in which a trans person’s identity was treated as a debate topic, well, I wouldn’t write about much else. As such, I tend to just sit back, roll my eyes, and move on with life. There was one post, however, that caught my […]

By |May 5th, 2015|Culture, Personal, Politics, Transgender|5 Comments

No, Transgender Rights Are Not Destroying Women’s Colleges

Over at The New Republic, writer Monica Potts argues that “Trans Activism is Threatening Women’s Colleges’ Mission.” This statement — bold, hyperbolic, and just generally ridiculous — heads an article that swings wildly back and forth between a seeming belief that it’s one’s gender identity that should determine enrollment eligibility or that it’s […]

By |February 17th, 2015|Culture|6 Comments

Jon Stewart is Leaving The Daily Show, and I’m Not Heartbroken: Am I a Bad Liberal?

Maybe I’m a bad Liberal.

Yesterday, Jon Stewart announced that he’d be leaving Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, where he’s been for the past 16 years. During that time, Stewart has won 20 Primetime Emmy Awards, 2 Grammys, 7 Producers Guild of America Awards, 8 TCA Awards, a Writers Guild of America Award, and […]

By |February 11th, 2015|Culture|0 Comments

A Letter Re: Why blaming Leelah Alcorn’s parents only compounds the bigotry.”

Hi, Meghan; I’m Parker.

Earlier today, I had an opportunity to read your L.A. Times op-ed, “Why blaming Leelah Alcorn’s parents only compounds the bigotry,” and I can’t help but feel as though you’ve misconstrued a number of factors in the path to forming your opinion.

Now, I noticed that though you had a chance […]

By |January 15th, 2015|Culture, Transgender|2 Comments