Zoë Noble was 32 when her doctor told her “the clock is ticking.”
The hysterectomy Ms. Noble needed to remove a fibroid was not up for discussion so far as her doctor was concerned, despite the fact that she didn’t want children. It took years of pain and an emergency room visit before she was finally granted the surgery at 37.
The practice of a physician denying a patient surgery on the assumption that a woman will change her mind about wanting children is common.
“It’s as though a woman’s p...
Bullfight-lover. Big game hunter. Deep sea fisher. Brawler. Boxer. Drinker. War hero. Ladies' man. Even for his time, Ernest Hemingway was masculinity in hyperbole. The outsized writer of stripped-back prose was also, a new documentary argues, an explorer of gender fluidity in the bedroom – both in his literature and his life. At a cultural moment which favours simplistic interpretations of iconic figures as villains or heroes, American filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick muddy the waters of...
Derek Jarman's "The Garden" at Reina Sofia Museum and the Spanish Film Archive's retrospective "Queer Punk"
The Garden is Jarman’s fragmented low-fi revisioning of the Passion, starring Tilda Swinton as the Madonna and queer lovers, Johnny Mills and Keith Collins (Jarman’s partner), as Christ. Set in the stark, otherworldly landscape of Jarman’s garden home in Dungeness, Kent, the film expresses fury over...
When boys want to play princess and wear dresses, Diane Ehrensaft, director of mental health at the Child and Adolescent Gender Center at the University of California, San Francisco, says parents come to her asking, “What’s wrong with that little boy?” She hears, “Oh, that’s a trans girl.” Before that, it was, “He must be gay.” Actually, Ms. Ehrensaft said, “All we know is, it’s a boy in a dress.”
Es algo común. Es digno de vergüenza. Y, algunas personas podrían argumentar que ha sido documentado desde al menos el siglo XVII. Se produce en Twitter. Sucede en el trabajo y en las cenas de Acción de Gracias. En los bares y en las aulas. Lo hacen los hombres famosos. Lo hacen los tíos. Los políticos, los colegas, los hombres que conocem...
“Would you please please please please please please please stop talking.”
– The girl, from Hills Like White Elephants (1927), by Ernest Hemingway
It’s common. It’s cringeworthy. And it’s been documented, some might argue, since at least the 17th century. It happens on Twitter. It happens at work and at Thanksgiving dinners. In barrooms and in classrooms. Famous men do it. Uncles do it. Politicians, colleag...
It’s common. It’s cringeworthy. And it’s been documented, some might argue, since at least the 17th century. It happens on Twitter. It happens at work and at Thanksgiving dinners. In barrooms and in classrooms. Famous men do it. Uncles do it. Politicians, colleagues, bad dates, bureaucrats and neighbors do it. (Some of you may do it, ironically, in response to reading this.) Yes, we’re talking about mansplaining.
On the flat, otherworldly, shingle expanse of Dungeness, a headland in southern England, stands a wooden cottage with a small garden. The tar-black cabin with its canary-yellow trim is surrounded by rambling flowers and driftwood totems bedecked with sun-bleached crab claws and snail shells: a quaint scene thrown off-kilter by a nuclear power plant that looms in the background.
The house, called Prospect Cottage, was home to the British fi...
A FRESH BITE OF PEACHES: The multimedia artist and pop provocateur continues to fight for erotic liberation—this time with the help of a dexterous sex toy (PRINT)
A new era for Peaches began with an online review of a men’s pale-pink silicone double masturbator she happened upon in January 2019. The multimedia artist, best known for her sex-drenched music, found herself shocked by two facets of the clip.
“The first was the look of the object,” she says. “It was so disembodied, like ‘Danger!’ Here’s what a woman could be reduced to: a mouth with some red lipstick and a vagina.”
Then there was the reviewer himself. “It became clear he’d never had sex wit...
André Aciman Wants ‘Total Fluidity’: The ‘Call Me by Your Name’ author on sexual labels and the ever-changing nature of desire
I sat down with André Aciman to talk about his new sequel novel and how bisexual desire, fluidity, and open relationships are missing from discussions of Call Me By Your Name, why those aspects make it such a powerful, resonant story, and what their erasure says about our culture.
Did you know that the vagina is not the source of female orgasm—for anyone? (It's the clitoris.) The vast majority of women don't orgasm from vaginal sex, but language, movies, museums, and even medical textbooks used to train doctors gaslight girls and women into thinking they should.
A museum show explores the British writer and the painter Don Bachardy’s partnership, which lasted through uncertainties and ecstasies for 33 years.
I talked with the artist David Hockney, writer Edmund White, and painter Don Bachardy about Christopher Isherwood and his open relationship.
“I don’t see ecosexuality as an identity [or] another letter to be added to the already ridiculous LGBTQ list. We don’t need identities, but processes of critical de-identification.”
I talked with gender theory luminary and documenta 14 curator Paul B. Preciado, Peaches, Annie Sprinkle, and more about ecosex in contemporary art.
From Lourdes to the Berlin metro, artists are continuing the tradition of stripping off in public – but is it still radical, or just lazy?
I talked with artists Spencer Tunick, Carolee Schneemann, Deborah de Robertis, Nona Faustine and others about the politics of nude art.
Questioning the Modern Obsession With Identity: A Convo With German Literary Star Sasha Marianna Salzmann
Our contemporary moment is obsessed with identity. Sexual identity. Gender Identity. National identity. So when a novel emerges that deals with all those themes—plus some Shakespearean influence thrown in for good measure—one should take notice. German writer Sasha Marianna Salzmann has created just such a novel with Beside Myself, a debut that challenges the idea of fixed, immutable identities and whether they are even worth having.
Salzmann was born in Volgograd, grew up in Moscow and emigr...