Three women laughing, Photo by Ben White on Unsplash

Just a Joke

How often have to heard someone say something blatantly offensive or purposely incendiary, only to fall back on the excuse, “It’s just a joke!” when someone calls them out on their bad behavior? “Lighten up!” they’ll say, as they belly laugh over something that definitely wasn’t funny in the first place. “Learn to take a joke,” they’ll insist, as though you’re the problem here. Humor … Continue reading Just a Joke

Mulan © Disney 1998

Mulan, Trans Hero of my Heart

This was not the post I was going to write today, but after getting called “transphobic” and “a piece of utter shit” for saying I read the character of Mulan as transgender, I thought I might as well go all in. Let’s start with some background: Hua Mulan was not a real person. Mulan is a “historical figure” in the same way that Odysseus is … Continue reading Mulan, Trans Hero of my Heart

“I’m not a lesbian, but…”

Straight, curious, and heteroflexible friends, It has come to my attention that we need to have a little chat. Last night I was watching an episode of the ever-delightful Hannah Gadsby’s “Renaissance Woman“–a short YouTube series she did featuring her area of expertise, art history. I noticed there were a lot of comments and being both curious and a masochist, I decided to read them. … Continue reading “I’m not a lesbian, but…”