Prof. of Gender & Sexuality Studies, U. Ill. Springfield

Reproductive and LGBTQ civil rights are closely entangled

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In the wake of the passage of some of the most restrictive bans on abortion ever adopted in the United States, it might be difficult for some LGBTQ people to understand why they need to take a stand in support of abortion rights. After all, we’re already under attack on…

Football’s toxic culture is tacitly acknowledged as one of its own speaks his truth

If you’re alive right now you’ve probably already heard: Las Vegas Raiders defensive end Carl Nassib has come out as gay. He makes history as the first active NFL player ever to acknowledge his homosexuality publicly.

His announcement avoided all the pitfalls of major celebrity confessions. There was no publicist…

I appreciate your connecting this issue to larger issues of power is society, namely patriarchy. It's also worth mentioning the historical importance of "the mother" and "mothering" in fascist ideologies about "the nation." The defense of pregnancy and childbirth as solely the province of women and "mothering" is also a tool of fascist White supremacy, which is why so many on the Right got their knickers in a knot when Cori Bush (my representative in Congress!) used the term "birthing people." She undermined their White supremacist project and the way it knits together White people, national identity, and reproduction.

1. I would encourage you to read more about biological determinism. It cannot be reduced to "everything's decided by your genes."

2. I would encourage you to read more about social constructionism. It cannot be reduced to "nothing is decided by your genes."

3. The best integrative argument about the relative balance between biology and society regarding sex/gender I've seen is by Anne Fausto-Sterling. She's a professor emerita of Biology at Brown University. Start with her book Sex/Gender: Biology in a Social World. Then read her book Sexing the Body.

Our common history, experiences, and struggles demand it

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Recently, I’ve become disgusted by the prominent White gay men using their platforms to engage in trans-antagonistic or transphobic behavior (or defend those who have).

In December, Andrew Sullivan played ‘concern troll’ in a string of Tweets interrogating trans actor Elliot Page’s gender pronouns, claiming he was merely exercising “skepticism…

This is a very important question I wish more trans people would take seriously. "Transphobia" is simple and short enough to fit on a bumper sticker but doesn’t really answer the question. It’s also frequently wrong.

Trans haters don’t always suffer from an "irrational fear or hatred of trans people."…

"With all due respect" to the responder, who doesn't have the courage to use their own name or photo, not everything written or thought needs to focus on heterosexuals or heterosexuality. You're not the center of the universe. Other people and experiences exist. If you want to read a piece about why straight people don't want to date trans people, you should write one. I didn't. And none of the claims about "rights" you make in your last sentence appear in what I wrote. Take your reactionary, colonizing, "super straight" B.S. elsewhere.

M. J. Murphy

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