Can Pornography Be Feminist?

Pornography appears to be the nemesis of feminism. It is an industry that is unabashed in its upholding of patriarchy and misogyny, blatantly banishing the figure of the woman to a commodity to be looked at, to be exploited for sexual pleasure, and yet the woman is the first one to be excluded as a masturbatory viewer/ […]

Pornpower

Yesterday, I read a “half-serious” article on Buzzfeed which celebrated the 10th anniversary of Pornhub (it is hard to be serious when talking about porn in a society that is so obsessed with the performance of sexual sterility… but also it’s Buzzfeed). Among some of the mind-blowing data quoted there, Pornhub now ranks as the the #44 […]

A Queer Survival Kit: Part III

This is a 3-part article on queer survival and queer politics. Part I: Art Part II: Gaydar and Sex Item 4: Failure Failure is perhaps the most counterintuitive tool that appears in my toolkit. Compared to the last three items, failure takes on extremely negative connotations and seems completely irrelevant to the queer survival project, […]

A Queer Survival Kit: Part II

This is a 3-part article on queer survival and queer politics. Part I: Art. Part III: Failure and Dance.   Item 2: A perfectly functional Gaydar Gaydar is a pun on the word radar, which refers to the ability to spot who the queer ones are in this overwhelmingly straight world. In the heterosexual discourse, […]

A Queer Survival Kit: Part I

This is a 3-part article on queer survival and queer politics. Part II: Gaydar and Sex. Part III: Failure and Dance.   At a time when the illusion of social progress is dominating the mainstream discourse, I find that it is important to constantly remind ourselves that it is not easy to survive as a […]