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It Gets 0.86 Percent Better For The Gays And Lesbians Every Year

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  • Public opinion of homosexuality improves by 0.86 percent per year worldwide. [The Daily Beast]
  • The Ku Klux Klan says that it’s embracing racial diversity in order to work toward building a “strong America.” OK. [The Root]
  • The Bath Film Festival has a feminist rating for movies this year. [Marie Claire]
  • Nico Lang dissects the cultural trope of the “crazy bitch” in relation to Taylor Swift’s new video. [Daily Dot]
  • Amanda Palmer regrets making a snap decision to continue extending an invitation to Jian Ghomeshi to join her in Toronto on her book tour. [Salon]
  • Read about the relationship between body hair and femininity. [YouBeauty]

6 Outdated Myths People Still Believe About Homosexuality

6 Outdated Myths Everyone Still Believes About Homosexuality

Only half a century ago, homosexuality was society’s worst-kept secret — everyone knew it existed, but you didn’t see gay people on TV or movies, and you didn’t talk about them at Thanksgiving dinner. Understandably, there were a lot of ridiculous misconceptions about the homosexual community back then, but today there shouldn’t be any excuse — we have openly gay celebrities, politicians, and plenty of well-written fictional examples in pop culture to pick from.

Yet, the misconceptions persist. Read more on Cracked…

5 Things To Know About Cartoonist Alison Bechdel, Winner Of A MacArthur “Genius” Grant

Alison Bechdel

There are plenty of people in the world who get nice things that they don’t (IMHO) deserve. So it’s especially nice when someone completely and utterly deserving is recognized for their greatness. I felt all the warm and fuzzies this morning when I heard on the news that the cartoonist and graphic novelist Alison Bechdel is a 2014 recipient of a MacArthur “Genius Grant,” one of the world’s most prestigious prizes. Bechdel draws the popular LGBTQ comic strip Dykes To Watch Out For and is the author/illustrator of the memoirs Are You My Mother? and Fun Home, the latter of which is one of the most esteemed books in the graphic novel genre (and a favorite of mine).

As a winner of the “Genius Grant,” which is awarded to between 20 and 40 individuals who “show exceptional merit and promise for continued and enhanced creative work,” Bechdel will receive upwards of $625,000 paid out over five years. The intention is for winners to use the prize money to continue doing their good work. Past winners have included people like “The Wire” creator David Simon, authors Chimamanda Ngozi Adihie, Junot Diaz and Edwidge Dandicat, and critic Susan Sontag.

After the jump, here are five things to know about Alison Bechdel, her cartoons and her important mark on pop culture! Keep reading »

Two Malaysian Women Arrested For Alleged “Same-Sex Relations”

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  • Two female students in Malaysia were arrested this weekend by religious police for allegedly having “same-sex relations” in a hotel room. The young women, ages 20 and 21, had their room searched and a sex toy confiscated. Lesbian sex has been criminalized since 1997, where it carries a fine, three years in jail and six strokes with a cane. [Autostraddle]
  • Mississippi Public Broadcasting refused to air the documentary “After Tiller” on Monday night, which describes the state of late-term abortion in this country after the 2009 murder of Dr. George Tiller. The executive director of MPB said he would not air the documentary because it was “too heavy” and would be “truly alarming” for viewers. [Cosmopolitan]
  • My friend Lena Chen has a take on having private nude photos leaked — from personal experience. [TIME] Keep reading »

On Making The Case For Kink As A Sexual Orientation

Dominant Sex
I just want to be dominated in bed! Read More »
Submissive Sex
Newsflash: feminists are not against submissve sex. Read More »
Kinky Sex Myths
Five myths about kinky sex from "50 Shades Of Grey." Read More »
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Today on Slate.com is an excellent piece about why “kinky” should be considered a sexual orientation. Writer Jillian Keenan posits how we define a person’s sexual orientation should include what kind of energies turn a person on — dominant or submissive, for example — because for people like Keenan and myself, our sexuality is more complicated than just the gender and genitalia of the person to whom we are attracted. Keep reading »

On Cosmopolitan‘s Lesbian Sex Guide: Thanks, But No Thanks

I Left Men For A Woman
leaving men for women
One woman's journey to being in a relationship with another woman. Read More »
RIP Lesbian Bars
lesbian bars
On the death of lesbian bars. Read More »
On Gays & Attraction
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Just because Shanelle is gay doesn't mean she's attracted to all women. Read More »
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Cosmopolitan, after almost 50 years of being one of the most aggressively heteronormative women’s publications from newsstand to screen, has finally decided to throw the queers a bone — specifically, 28 (ways to) bone, if you wanna get punnily Cosmo-esque — by publishing its first ever lesbian sex guide.

The NSFW slideshow up at Cosmopolitan.com has been garnering praise from mainstream media. “Finally,” said Salon.com, “Cosmo is reaching out to lesbians.” “Hurrah,” cheered Huffington Post UK. The coverage has accompanied acknowledgement of Cosmo’s recent forays into broader LGBTQ editorial content, with pieces like “8 Things Not to Say to a Transgender Person,” “14 Things You Should Never Say to a Gay Man,” and (the extremely wonderful) “My Life as an Invisible Queer.”

With wide circulation of the lesbian sex guide, Cosmo continues to ride a PR high on its perceived social progressivism. The Hollywood Gossip trilled the slideshow “will receive no criticism from any sane male OR female.”

So now, here I am, an Allegedly Crazy Female Gay, arriving right on cue to crash this positivity party. Keep reading »

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