Pope Francis: conscientious objection ‘is a right’

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’

The New Girlfriend – François Ozon’s insouciant transgender drama

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

Tom? Hardly.

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.

‘In a way, she’s out George Wallace-ing George Wallace'”

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 stigma of sounding gay

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

Reclaiming spinsterhood and bachelorhood

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

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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!