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Proclamations of the Red Queen

Entries from 2009 November

30th November 2009

Dr Who and the Enigma of the Gay Fanboyz

Posted by: Craig Young

Doctor Who fandom appears to have a large proportion of gay fanboys. Why is this?
I think it’s largely due to the appeal of its core character to us. We have an instinctive identification with the Doctor’s raison d’etre, as explained in the Second Doctor’s final outing, War Games (1969). It was then explained that the […]

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Tags: General

30th November 2009

Zombie Apocalypses and the Erasure of Identity

Posted by: Craig Young

Motivated as I am by popular culture, I thought I’d note the plethora of books, movies and related ephemera to do with zombies yet again, and ponder their significance for the hackneyed concept of  ‘identity politics’ eg anything that isn’t Class Analysis.
During zombie apocalypses, humanity tends to unite against their ravenous anthrophagic predators, usually suppressing […]

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Tags: General

30th November 2009

Saturn’s Greetings

Posted by: Craig Young

Over the next few weeks, we’re going to be bombarded with relentless Christain propaganda that is legitimised due to the alleged anniversary of that mythological figure’s nativity.
However, classical historian Mark Salusbury offers hope to those of us who are unregenerate pagans or infidels. It turns out that the Emperor Constantine and Catholic hierarchy simply resorted […]

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Tags: Religion

28th November 2009

Book review: When Gay People Get Married

Posted by: Craig Young

Review: Mary V.L. Badgett: When Gay People Get Married: New York: New York University Press: 2009.
University of Massachuesetts lesbian economist Mary Badgett is one of the stars of LGBT academia, providing indispensable quantitative data to LGBT legislative reform politics.
In this book, she deals with the question of LGBT relationship equality. At times, we may […]

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Tags: Politics

26th November 2009

Canada: Polyamorists and Section 293

Posted by: Craig Young

Canadian polyamorists are seeking help. They want input into a forthcoming case before the British Columbian Supreme Court, which will determine whether Section 293 of the Criminal Code, which bans polygamy, is valid under Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
These Canadian polyamorists argue that Section 293 infringes on their own “constitutional rights of association, religion, equality, and the life, […]

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Tags: Politics · Religion

24th November 2009

Risk, Consequences and Morality: A Response to the “Manhattan Declaration”

Posted by: Craig Young

In the United States, several Catholic bishops, Greek Orthodox leaders and evangelical/fundamentalist Protestants have gotten together to produce a predictably skewed so-called “Manhattan Declaration: Call to ‘Christian’ Conscience.” It is noteworthy that there are no liberal Protestant, Jewish or liberal humanist groups cited in this context- probably because of its highly sectarian content.
Yes, it’s all […]

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Tags: Politics · Religion

21st November 2009

United Kingdom: The NHS and Intersexed Community

Posted by: Craig Young

The Times has constructively used the Caster Semenya controversy to focus attention on the situation of the intersexed in the United Kingdom.
According to columnist Helen Rumbelow:

For 1 in 4,000 expectant parents a year, there is no answer to that first question: is it a boy or a girl? That almost certainly someone you know has […]

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Tags: Politics

21st November 2009

UK Times: “Lesbians Are Better Parents”

Posted by: Craig Young

The United Kingdom has provided yet more research about the benefits of same-sex parenting, according to Stephen Scott, research director at the  (UK) National Academy for Parenting Practitioners, told a meeting last month.
The NAPP was established by the Department for Children, Schools and Families in 2007.
As a featured speaker at the think-tank Demos, which launched a report on […]

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Tags: Politics

20th November 2009

Ontario: Hopes for Trans-Inclusive Antidiscrimination Bill

Posted by: Craig Young

Yesterday, December 20th, was the Trans Day of Remembrance, when members of the global and national trans communities commemorate those local fallen to transphobic violence and homicide.
In Canada, it coincided with a transgender anti-discrimination law reform initiative. This has some relevance here. While former Clark administration Solicitor-General Michael Cullen produced a Crown Law Office opinion […]

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Tags: Politics

20th November 2009

Uganda: Civil Society Groups Against Anti Homosexuality Bill

Posted by: Craig Young

Anti-Homosexuality or Anti-Human Rights Bill?Statement from the Civil Society Coalition on Human Rights and Constitutional LawHon. Bahati’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill which was tabled in Parliament on October 14, 2009, and is currently before the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee of Parliament covers much more than the title alone proclaims. A much better title for this bill […]

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Tags: Politics · Religion