preaching from the patriarchal pedestal

preaching from the patriarchal pedestal

Humans are a social species, and we communicate with each other in a variety of verbal and non-verbal ways, including by conforming to and transgressing against normative ideas about clothing. All clothing is costume, and all costume is theatre. Dressing to enter public space is a performative act that positions the individual as a conscious decision maker in relation to sartorial aesthetics and social relations.…

choosing to put yourself at risk

choosing to put yourself at risk

In the current cultural climate, critiquing the alleged ‘privilege’ various people possess as a means of judging the legitimacy of their values and behaviours is commonplace. For example, consider this common scenario. Many straight men expect to have unprotected sex with women without caring about contraception (which they view as women’s responsibility) and without suffering any negative consequences (such as an unwanted pregnancy).…

cis and proud

cis and proud

Many people are straight; some are queer. Many people are cis; some are trans. The majority has had the greatest impact on our culture to define its values as normative, and normativity has become pervasive and sometimes coercive. The historic and current wrongs committed against queer / trans people by straight / cis people are crimes against humanity and their significance should not be underestimated.…