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Tag Archive: Education

Jun 17 2014

Chapter 9: Attention

If it had been true I was making being gay up so my peers cared about me, they cared entirely the wrong way.

Jun 13 2014

Chapter 8: Biology

Sometimes, it isn’t tearful.

Jun 11 2014

Chapter 6: The Age of Consent

What Jonathan did was just one gory detail in a much bigger picture.

Jun 10 2014

Chapter 5: Friends with Benefits

In some ways, I’ve lived past this. In others, I haven’t.

Jun 08 2014

Chapter 4: Dress-up

How could any of us defend being queer at a school where you were walloped for defending heels higher than an inch?

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.

Mar 03 2014

Hunger games: food, money and how I grew up feeling fat

Twice in my life, I’ve been a bit rotund. Both times, it was a common enough experience. At eleven I gorged on pizza, chocolate bars and caramel ice creams, more available at secondary school than in our previously welfare-dependent house, and stayed a slightly tubby teenager till added height changed my proportions, though it may …

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Mar 02 2014

Dawkins, Grayling and the New College of the Humanities: secularists should know the dangers of private education

‘It’s high time that the atheist left asserted itself against the atheist right – an Occupy Skepticism, if you will.’ (Jeff Sparrow) Three years ago, A.C. Grayling – till shortly thereafter, the British Humanist Association’s president elect – announced plans for a private university. New College of the Humanities, whose doors have opened since, was thought …

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Feb 22 2014

Chutney, pineapples and flying spaghetti: why atheism can never be inoffensive enough

This month, posters were snatched from an atheist group at South Bank University. ‘Looking for logic?’ they read, Flying Spaghetti Monster in God’s place on the Sistine Chapel ceiling. ‘Pastafarianism is a real religion.’ Not quite The Satanic Verses, but student union officials took them down in the society’s absence, afraid they’d trigger ‘religious offence’. (The …

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Jan 02 2014

The right propelled last year’s ‘segregated seats’ debate – and yes, it matters

‘I am very well aware that journalists, politicians and policymakers alike may have great interest in stories like mine, and may even attempt to use them solely to progress their own agendas, some of which have a distinctly Islamophobic taint to them. That does not mean those stories are not important.’ So writes Shaheen Hashmat (alias @TartanTantrum), one …

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