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22 Weird Christmas Presents I Found on Etsy

I love Etsy. In fact, that’s where I did most of my Christmas shopping this year. It’s a wonderful place to find unique, handmade trinkets, personalized gifts, or just something you otherwise wouldn’t find in a store. The “small batch” attitude many sellers have on Etsy allows them to create super-specific, niche items.

For every awesome […]

By |December 19th, 2014|Culture, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Reading the Chicago Bears’ Twitter Account is Nothing Short of Depressing

Last night, my beloved Chicago Bears continued their emulation of Chicago’s other Ursidae-christened sports team (the Cubs, obviously), by losing to the Dallas Cowboys 41-28, all but eliminating them from playoff contention.

 

I’m not surprised that the […]

By |December 5th, 2014|Culture|0 Comments

New Year’s Resolution: 5 Phrases 2015 Can Do Without

This month, I’ve committed myself to updating PTC on a much more regular basis. In classic “12 Days of Christmas” style, I’ll be churning out 12 new posts here (a few will be exclusively available to those who donate to my Patreon, so… check that out).

To kick things off, here’s a quick list […]

By |December 1st, 2014|Culture|0 Comments

Breast Cancer Awareness Month Is A Marketing Scam

It’s October, which only means one thing: pink ribbons, yogurt labels, football jerseys and buckets of fried chicken will be popping up everywhere. Breast Cancer Awareness Month is upon us, and it’s with that news that I warn: it’s all a scam.

Susan G. Komen For the Cure

Since 1982, Susan G. Komen For the Cure has […]

By |October 1st, 2014|activism, Culture|1 Comment

Deep Pockets and Empty Promises: What ESPN’s Suspension of Bill Simmons Say About the Company’s Standards

Earlier this week, ESPN suspended Grantland founder Bill Simmons for three weeks for his statements regarding NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s handling of the NFL’s current domestic violence-fueled PR nightmare, and about whether or not league executives had seen the now-infamous video of former Baltimore Ravens star running back Ray […]

By |September 26th, 2014|Culture, Sports, Uncategorized|1 Comment

Can We Please Stop Asking Abuse Victims Why They Haven’t Left?

Earlier this week, TMZ released video of a February incident involving former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice and his then-fiancee Janay Palmer. In the video, Rice is seen punching Palmer in the face, knocking her unconscious, and then dragging her lifeless body out of a casino elevator. Amid outcry, the Ravens released the 3-time […]

By |September 11th, 2014|Culture|0 Comments

About that New York Magazine Cover Story

Last night, someone sent me a link to the cover story for the current issue of New York Magazine, “The Trans-Everything CEO,” a profile of Martine Rothblatt, the highest-paid female CEO in the America (who also happens to be transgender). As much as that headline made me a bit […]

By |September 8th, 2014|Culture|3 Comments

Lady Parts: How the Euphemism Reinforces Biology as Destiny

In my latest piece for Slate, I wrote a bit about the inherent biological essentialism that goes into terms like “lady parts,” “boy bits,” “man meat,” and other cutesy, euphemistic ways we avoid having to say much more clinical terms for genitals and reproductive organs.

I anticipate that this one will be deemed ridiculous […]

By |July 21st, 2014|Culture|0 Comments

Science Magazine’s Attempt to Highlight HIV Epidemic Backfires

By |July 17th, 2014|Culture, Transgender|1 Comment

“the first trans person to _______”

What I’m about to write is going to be seen by most as nit-picky, and to be entirely honest, it is.

“_________ becomes first trans person to ________”

Anytime I read that phrase, I ask myself, “How does this person know?”

I mean, there could have been a dozen, a hundred, or a million trans people to do […]

By |July 10th, 2014|Culture, LGBT, Transgender|3 Comments