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एक मुलायम चांटा

I apologize to my non-Hindi speaking readers for the title to this piece, in true nuance-sucking style the literal translation of which would amount to a ridiculous equivalent such as ‘a soft slap.’ Unfortunately, the English carries neither the restrained rage nor the purposeful levity of my intentions. 268 more words

Policy, Culture & Current Affairs

More Thoughts On Labels, or, Sisyphus Unchained

Wow, what a start to the year. I’ve got a few things on my mind, and some of this may be familiar to people who follow me on FaceBook (in other words, I worked out a lot of this in public or semi-public). 1,218 more words


Chocolate and the Diva Complex

The world of chocolate as we know it today, is a complex realm that is intertwined with a tumultuous history of brutal exploitation and sweet confections. 1,056 more words

Multimedia Essay 3


Heteronormativity is a fancy name for people believing that heterosexuality is natural and normal.

We play into this belief system as a society. Almost everything we do is programmed into this way of thinking, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s normal or natural. 318 more words

The Means Justify Themselves: Queering as End-less Pleasure

This piece was originally published in Issue 3 of Bluestockings Magazine.

On October 19, 2013, The Observer published an article on the increasing disinterest of Japanese citizens in sex and romance, entitled “Why have young people in Japan stopped having sex?” Abigail Haworth, Observer contributor and Marie Claire senior international editor, centers her piece around the figure of a dominatrix-turned-love-doctor, one Ai Aoyama, who helps train the pathologically sexual (or sexually pathological) in human intimacy—a phrase that codifies heterosexual, cisgendered reproduction. 1,019 more words


There are homosexual AKP supporters, TOO, honey!

Source: Azizi, Beren. (2014). Ak Partili Eşcinseller DE Var Tatlım! (There are homosexual AKP supporters, TOO, honey!) kaosGL.org, 03 April 2014, http://www.kaosgl.org/sayfa.php?id=16237

AK Party LGBT: Of course, as LGBT people, we do not endorse the Justice and Development Party’s (AKP or AK Party- AK means “white”) attitude towards LGBT people. 2,181 more words


We Weren’t Born This Way: Smashing Heteronormativity and Repairing Fluidity

“The master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house” – Audre Lorde

Today the phrase “sexual identity” is so common and familiar we barely think about it. 3,607 more words

Ethical Writing