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Some Clarifications on “No One is Born Gay”

I wrote this post a while back and had I known how many people would read it and how many excellent questions and comments I’d continue to receive, I would have addressed the subject more exhaustively.  And yet, the fact that … Continue reading

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How We Ask about Gender and Sexuality Matters More Than You Think

[This is part of a two-post series on a recent study assessing the reliability of existing survey data on the size of the LGBT population and the state of sexual prejudice.  This post deals primarily with the first of these … Continue reading

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Weigh in on the ASA’s new Gender Categories

Guest post by Tina Fetner; cross-posted from Scatterplot. What should the asa’s gender categories be? The ASA is trying to respond to a request from its members to expand the options for gender on its membership form. Right now, the choices are female, male, … Continue reading

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Video from “When the Professional becomes Political: Responding to the New Family Structures Survey” at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association

This panel grew out of the controversy following the publication of Mark Regnerus’s article “How Different are the Adult Children of Same Sex Parents? Findings from the New Family Structures Study” in the journal Social Science Research. The article’s claims … Continue reading

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Queer Numbers: Social Science as Cultural Heterosexism

This is the text of a talk presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, on a panel entitled “When the Professional Becomes Political: Responding to the New Family Structures Survey,” on August 12, 2013. It was offered … Continue reading

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The Sad Demise, Glorious Triumph, and Mysterious Disappearance of the Gayborhood?*

   Cross-posted at Inequality by (Interior) Design   This post is part of a series of posts I’ve written on sexuality and space, specifically addressing issues of where LGBT populations live and why.  See “Can Living in the City Make you … Continue reading

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Banality of Evil, American Style

Originally posted on Arlene Stein:
Margarethe von Trotta frames her new bio-pic, Hannah Arendt, around the philosopher’s coverage of the trial of Adolf Eichmann. Arendt is perhaps best known for describing the “banality of evil” at the heart of Nazism, and von…

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The End of Normal? We’re Not There Yet

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Being normal isn’t all that its cracked up to be. In 1963, Betty Friedan exposed the dark underside of “normal” femininity in a book that helped launched the women’s movement, The Feminine Mystique. Michael Warner’s…

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Ambivalence at the Altar by Arlene Stein   Cross-posted from Arlene Stein’s blog.   Last week, the man who washed my hair in a beauty parlor –he was perhaps 30– nonchalantly referred to the person he shares a home with … Continue reading

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Nonsexual Community in Sexual Communities

(Note: This post first appeared on Queer Metropolis) Conferences are lonely. Two years ago, Cameron Macdonald and I flew out to the Eastern Sociology Society meeting in Philadelphia to sit on a panel with Myra Marx Ferree to discuss to … Continue reading

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