Monthly Archive: May 2014

May 30 2014

Elliot Rodger was a jihadist – for organised misogyny, if not for organised religion

Like Mohammad Sidique Khan, who set off a bomb on the London Underground nine years ago, Elliot Rodger was young, educated and outwardly respectable. Like Khan, he killed seven people including himself. My guess based on his demographics is that Roger was probably an atheist – but otherwise, the two were in many ways twin …

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May 28 2014

No, entitled queeriatrics everywhere, this angry young queen won’t pipe down


If we’ve so much to learn from you, why did things go to shit before my time? And who am I cleaning up after, if not you?

May 27 2014

No more tears: Michael Sam and the camera’s fetish for queer crying

Queer people have been painted in a narrow colour palette, portraits of moist helplessness lining wall after wall – those of us who chose rage instead are nowhere to be seen.

May 15 2014

Conchita Wurst never needed your acceptance

The Eurovision winner played on the ego of her would-be saviours, as she played those behind the backlash against her.

May 12 2014

Why you won’t catch me mocking ‘think-pieces’

In 1847 the Reverend John MacDonald, missionary of the Free Church of Scotland in Calcutta, succumbed to cholera. A tract in his name nevertheless appeared nine years later, titled ‘The theatre: fourteen reasons why we should not go to it’. MacDonald’s beliefs didn’t outlive him long, but his style survives: were he with us today, …

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May 09 2014

Intern full-time at the Sunday Assembly – for £20 a week

In January, I wrote an article at AlterNet advising secular groups on how to be less economically exclusive: how to remain accessible to hard-up nonbelievers, improve outreach and stop godlessness being a movement for the wealthy. The same week, Sanderson Jones – cofounder and newly appointed CEO of the Sunday Assembly – asked me to meet …

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May 07 2014

John Paul II was a reactionary pope

Lesser evil though he may have been, we shouldn’t rewrite history to lionise the Polish pope, under whom the Vatican’s regress on sex began.