Pope Francis said things that would lead a reasonable man to conclude that he believes people like Kim Davis have a right to refuse discharging duties they consider immoral: On the flight back to Rome, he was asked if he supported individuals, including government officials, who refuse to abide by some laws, such as issuing… More Pope Francis: conscientious objection ‘is a right’
Bored easily, concise to the point of indolence, François Ozon makes films that are not so much about women as about feminine archetypes in movies. He understands how the male gaze often forces women into curious and unnatural poses. Douglas Sirk, another director who fooled critics for years into thinking he skimmed surfaces, also loved… More The New Girlfriend – François Ozon’s insouciant transgender drama
An intermittently watchable screen presence without demonstrating much acting ability, Tom Hardy is a menace whenever he growls at reporters. Then he worsened the situation by pleading for sympathy: I’m under no obligation to share anything to do with my family, my children, my sexuality—that’s nobody’s business but my own. And I don’t see how… More Tom? Hardly.
Thank you, Samuel Bagenstos, for explaining in plain English what the Rowan County judge could have done with Kentucky clerk Kim Davis without turning her into a martyr: In Rowan County, Bunning could have simply ordered that, if Davis would not carry out her constitutional obligation to issue marriage licenses on an equal basis, she… More The madness of jailing Kim Davis
Fuck you, Kim Davis. Here’s your oath: I, ….., do swear that I will well and truly discharge the duties of the office of ………….. County Circuit Court clerk, according to the best of my skill and judgment, making the due entries and records of all orders, judgments, decrees, opinions and proceedings of the court,… More ‘In a way, she’s out George Wallace-ing George Wallace'”
The Q&A’s revelation: that the adverb “agentically” exists: Q:A lot of these ads, which are, after all, written by ostensibly straight men seeking out homosexual contact, are couched in this hyperhetero language. A: Yeah, and a lot of people read those and they say, “Oh, come on. I think these are really gay men who… More Straight men and gay sex
Here’s a test: when was this passage written? People used to meet their partners through proximity, through family and friends, but now Internet meeting is surpassing every other form. “It’s changing so much about the way we act both romantically and sexually,” Garcia says. “It is unprecedented from an evolutionary standpoint.” As soon as people… More Dating and punishment U.SA.
I’ve written about this scenario: hooking up with a guy whom I thought was gay because he had more experience but was just a guy with same sex experience and, as a result, married and lives happily ever after. Mason Hsieh grapples with the age-old question: is a man who hooks up with another man… More ‘Everyone is straight until proven guilty’
Ignoring “gay-sounding” voices on dating/sex profiles happens often. I read these profiles every day. The binary: gay-sounding vs straight-acting. The former doesn’t sound like the latter. Acquiring credit in the straight world adds to your desirability; “passing off,” according to gay men who hold these noxious views, means not being “limited” by one’s sexuality. For… More The stigma of sounding gay
I have read a couple of dissenting reviews of Kate Bolick’s Spinster, but Briallen Hopper’s is the liveliest and most allusive. The crux of her counterargument: although Bolick is correct to reclaim spinsterhood as a desirable state, the assumptions on which this state rests still get defined by men. “Whom to marry, and when will… More Reclaiming spinsterhood and bachelorhood
Years & Years – Communion From their photographs they could be a boy band. But notice the ripples on the surface (as I’ve spotted with every boy band I’ve heard). This British trio plays keyboards. Frontman Olly Alexander is an out gay man, although this fact is not appreciably noticeable until “Real,” about how painful… More Years & Years and Alan Jackson
The column I’ve been waiting for. Rebecca Traister: But the other thing that’s so revolutionary about fighting for marriage to be about love and companionship – and not about a strictly gendered economic or social power construct – is that it acknowledges human connections that are also available to millions of people outside of marriage… More Options available!