“I’d like to believe that my music opened up that conversation. There is unbelievable power in ownership, and women should own their sexuality. There is a double standard when it comes to sexuality that still persists. Men are free and women are not. That is crazy. The old lessons of submissiveness and fragility made us victims. Women are so much more than that. You can be a businesswoman, a mother, an artist, and a feminist—whatever you want to be—and still be a sexual being. It’s not mutually exclusive.”
Beyonce told Out magazine that she wanted to get us thinking about sexual liberation when she recorded her latest album. I’m still not sure how I feel about some of Bey’s messages. I hate whenever someone says that women “should” do something as a blanket statement, but I think she’s coming from the right place. And at least she’s encouraging a dialogue about feminism and female sexuality and expression. [Out Magazine] [Photos: Santiago & Mauricio/OUT Magazine]
South Carolina legislators are trying to “punish” two colleges in the state for assigning books they don’t approve of. The College of Charleston and the University of South Carolina Upstate incorporated “books on homosexuality” as required reading as part of their new student orientation. The books in question are Alison Bechdel’s graphic novel memoir Fun Home, about the lesbian author’s father and his struggle with homosexuality, and Out Loud: The Best of Rainbow Radio, which tells the story of South Carolina’s first LGBT radio show.
To exact revenge on the institutions, state House legislators have “tentatively approved” a bill to cut $52,000 from the College of Charleston and $17,142 from USC Upstate. The amount of funds being cut are meant to be similar to the amount spent on implementing the reading campaigns. Republican Representative Garry Smith of Simpsonville says he set the cuts into motion after the schools refused to offer alternative reading for students. Keep reading »
Ivan Cruz spent most of his life praying that one day he’d wake up and not be gay anymore. Instead, one day he woke up with a realization that was even more surprising: he felt ready to come out. After telling his mom, sister, and friends, he decided to make a video about his coming out story, with a special twist — the story is told through the eyes of his dog, Thor. So freakin’ cute. [YouTube]
Five leaders of the Darthmouth Panhellenic Council are boycotting rush week because they feel recruiting tactics used by sororities unfairly consider race, class, gender and sexual orientation. Those taking the stance the President of the Panhellenic council Eliana Piper, two vice presidents and two programming chairs, sent an email to the entire campus list-serve outlining their grievances that the Greek system is inherently racist, classist queerphobic and that there are high incidences of dangerous binge drinking and sexual assault.
While the women were hoping to completely stop winter rush Panhellenic executives and sorority presidents voted to continue as they usually would. The email is better than anything I can summarize so read it on College Candy…
Despite the massive strides that have been made toward gender equality in the workplace, we still have a way to go. Is that the understatement of the century?
According to a report by the Pew Research Center, about 75 percent of young women think the United States needs to do more to create workplace equality. The pay gap is narrowing and women have a better shot at high-level employment than they once did, but that doesn’t mean the playing field is level just yet. Not surprisingly, lots of young women are just as skeptical about workplace equality as their moms and grandmothers were. Keep reading »
Filed under The Sweetest Thing You Will See Today: 13-year-old Duncan McAlpine Sennett spoke out in favor of marriage equality at his Bar Mitzvah last month.In preparing for his Bar Mitzvah (a religious initiation for Jewish men at age 13), he took a look at Genesis, where he noted that the concept of traditional marriage has evolved several times over since the bible was first written. Keep reading »
In today’s depressing news, a couple is suing New Jersey Governor Chris Christie over the state’s recent ban on gay conversion therapy. Christie signed the bill into law this August, which prevents therapists from attempting to “convert” gay teenagers into being straight. Because it’s complete and utter quack psychology bullshit.
But! These horrible parents, who have remained unnamed, claims their 15-year-old son doesn’t want to be gay and “needs” the conversion therapy. Their son has contemplated suicide and has, in their words, “unwanted gender identity disorder and unwanted same-sex attractions.” I don’t think it’s particularly presumptuous to assume that his parents’ — and perhaps, community’s — disapproval is a major factor in his unhappiness. I guess they’re not concerned with that, though. They feel that their rights to free speech and freedom of religion are being violated. (The American Association for Christian Counselors has filed a separate lawsuit over the bill.) Keep reading »