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Wednesday 14 April 2010


Proclamations of the Red Queen

Entries from 2008 April

30th April 2008

Capillgate: Would “Castrating Paedophiles” Work?

Posted by: Craig Young

During debates about the appropriate strategies to treat paedophiles, one periodically hears the populist catchphrase about how nice it would be to premanently surgically or chemically remove the paedophile’s ability to reoffend through chemical or surgical castration.
However, does this strategy of preventing recidivism (repeat offending) actually work in this context? And shouldn’t gay men in […]

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Tags: Politics · Religion

29th April 2008

Capillgate : What Happens at Parole Hearings

Posted by: Craig Young

For those who haven’t had a look at it, the Gaynz.Com forum thread on Capill’s parole is quite firmly on the side of the fence that any parole would be premature. Courtesy of Forum contributor jjw, I’ve decided to provide some light to the proceedings through spelling out what will happen next at Capill’s actual […]

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Tags: Politics · Religion

28th April 2008

Inclusive Adoption Reform: A Meagre Bridge?

Posted by: Craig Young

When New Zealand LGBT communities finally do get inclusive reform of our national adoption laws, how will it compare to other forms of same-sex parenting?
Based on my reading of the sociology of families, I’ve discovered that the Rubicon has already been crossed. When the Human Rights Act 1993 was passed to outlaw discrimination on the […]

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Tags: Politics

27th April 2008

Bountiful Headache?

Posted by: Craig Young

In British Columbia, Canada’s Opposition New Democrat Party (NDP) and the federal Harper Conservative administration are having a blazing row about the possible plight of young female children in Bountiful, British Columbia- an outpost of schismatic fundamentalist Mormonoid polygamists. So, why is the Harper administration apparently so reluctant to act in this context?
Vancouver area NDP […]

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Tags: Politics · Religion

26th April 2008

Canada’s Conservatives Versus Creative Industries (Part Four)

Posted by: Craig Young

Censorship policy has been traditionally rather socially conservative in Canada, at odds with the country’s increasingly progressive reputation, especially now when it comes to LGBT rights. So, how have LGBT Canadians dealt with Bill C-10, whose provisions threaten to cripple Canada’s thriving film and television industries?
And the latter is not hyperbole, for that matter. According to Heritage […]

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Tags: Politics · Religion

25th April 2008

Capillgate: Severity, Significance and Suggested Reforms

Posted by: Craig Young

Given recent revelations that convicted serial paedophile Graham Capill will be eligible for parole as early as June 2008, there is a palpable mood of outrage and disgust on Gaynz.Com’s bulletin board.
Why is this the case? In my own context, it is because I am related to two women were the subjects of incestuous paedophile assault. One […]

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Tags: Politics · Religion

23rd April 2008

Tinky Winky: It’s Over, at Last

Posted by: Craig Young

Purple Teletubby Tinky Winky has been finally cleared of Being Gay. This morning, Polish Children’s Ombudsman Ewa Sowinska resigned from her position, after launching a highly unoriginal attack on the handbag carrying, befrocked metro-tubby:
“Look, how could I be gay? It’s not as if we have any physiological markers of gender in the first place,” commented […]

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Tags: General

22nd April 2008

Wrong End of the Spear?

Posted by: Craig Young

For the second time in its maligant existence, the Society for Promotion of Community Standards is trying to get the Office of Film and Literature Classification to reduce the censorship classification of a film downward. It’s entitled “End of the Spear.” It’s a fundamentalist propaganda film. And it should not be treated leniently.
Why? On their […]

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Tags: Politics · Religion

22nd April 2008

Review: Jeff Weeks: The World We Have Won (2007)

Posted by: Craig Young

Jeffrey Weeks: The World We Have Won: The Remaking of Erotic and
Intimate Life Since 1945: London: Routledge: 2007.
Apart from HIV/AIDS and associated prevention issues, we’re reaching the end of our battles for equality of access and opportunity. So, what world of different gender and sexual opportunities has opened up for us?
As fortysomething academically bent readers […]

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Tags: Politics · Religion

22nd April 2008

Those Filthy Christians!!!

Posted by: Craig Young

Whenever conservative Christians get all het up about ‘cleanliness’, ‘purity’ or ‘hygiene’ metaphors, it might well do to remind them that at the beginning of their faith’s existence, they themselves regarded malodourousness as next to ‘godliness.’
When one examines the history of personal hygiene, one should not readily assume a consistent history of ever more sanitary […]

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Tags: General