By All Means, Let Your Kid Pick a Nickname if the One You Gave Them Is Not Working

So you’ve had a child. You’ve named her and sent her out into the world. A few years later, she hits a snag you never anticipated: maybe her name rhymes with “dick,” or it means something unfortunate in another language. Either way, she’s catching hell for the moniker you once so lovingly bestowed. Now what? »9/24/15 1:30pm9/24/15 1:30pm


What Are You Really Looking For in Other People's Baby Photos? 

Remember, a Chrome plugin that replaced photos of babies in your Facebook feed with photos of cats? When it launched in 2012, it was briefly a viral hit, racking up the likes, although it no longer exists today—probably owing to most people getting hip to Facebook’s “unsubscribe” option. is a bit… »6/04/15 3:40pm6/04/15 3:40pm

My quasi-complicated relationship with religion

In pop culture, religious people ever only seem to come in two flavors: bible thumpers and one step out the door. The sore lack of middle ground leaves me totally cold 'cause I'm neither. I like my religion very much, but you'll likely never hear me talk about God as my savior, redeemer or what have you-'cept when I'm… »6/09/14 11:05pm6/09/14 11:05pm

Think You Know What 'Queer' Looks Like? Think Again.

What do queer people look like? What does it mean to be LGBT+ when it comes to outward sexual orientation markers and gender presentation? The Identity Project seeks to answer this question through a collection of portraits of people who identify across the LGBT+ spectrum. The results are spectacular and thought… »4/18/14 2:09pm4/18/14 2:09pm

My Daughter Was Teased for Wearing 'Boy' Shoes on the Soccer Field

Today, during a soccer game, a kid on the opposing team made fun of my four year old daughter's 'boy' shoes. I am so sick of this shit I could scream. It is crazy to me that people actually say, actually believe it's "natural" for girls "want" pink stuff. My God, I'm honestly surprised my daughter has stuck with her… »10/30/13 6:20pm10/30/13 6:20pm

The Brave New World Of Gender Nonconformity: Pregnant Men

The concept of gender in mainstream culture is becoming less conservative by the day. Of course it's not like being at Smith, but when Benny Ninja can vogue his little butt off on a graffiti-ed stage with a bunch of drag queens during prime time and no one bats an eyelash, you know things have come pretty far since … »3/20/08 6:00pm3/20/08 6:00pm