• NSFW: It’s Better (For Me) On Top

    NSFW: It’s Better (For Me) On Top1

    I own a hoodie that says “It’s better on top” across the front of it. It was my high school senior sweatshirt, now it’s my stealthy queer-coded clothing item. Recently I explained to my mother what it means to be a lesbian “stone top.” Even though my mother is more like an annoying older sister, it

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  • Science in a Gothic Fairy Tale: Porcelain by Benjamin Read & Chris Wildgoose

    Science in a Gothic Fairy Tale: Porcelain by Benjamin Read & Chris Wildgoose2

    I read both Porcelain: A Gothic Fairytale and its sequel Porcelain: Bone China in a single sitting. And it’s a good thing I did because had I stopped after just A Gothic Fairytale, had I told myself I’d come back to Volume 2 later on, I probably wouldn’t have felt overly motivated to follow through

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  • Vox Day: In the Hall of the Troll King

    Vox Day: In the Hall of the Troll King2

    Content warning: this article contains discussion of sexual abuse, including paedophilia. The history of fantasy and science fiction has no shortage of colourful figures. In some cases, of course, “colourful” can be used only in a somewhat euphemistic sense. It is therefore with requisite air-quotes that I introduce one of the most colourful men working

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  • Starting from Scratch: How I Self-Published an All-Ages Graphic Novel about a Kitten

    Starting from Scratch: How I Self-Published an All-Ages Graphic Novel about a Kitten2

    Some writers sweat out their masterpieces in the wee hours after a day job or put all their efforts into one heroic month. My Great American Novel took eight years and $5,000 of my own hard-earned cash. It wasn’t a discourse on my generation or an allegory about consumerism. I self-published an all-ages graphic novel

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  • Mom’N’Pop Culture: Girl Scouts Are More Than Just Cookies

    Mom’N’Pop Culture: Girl Scouts Are More Than Just Cookies1

    I missed my usual Mom’N’Pop Culture post at the beginning of the month, and I’m going to blame the cookies. Thin Mints, Samoas, Tagalongs, Dos-si-dos, and about four other varieties of cookies peddled by little girls wearing adorable, sometimes toothless smiles, and patch-covered vests, are to blame for every missed deadline over the past two months.

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  • Women Who Shaped Me: Lessons from My Mother

    Women Who Shaped Me: Lessons from My Mother2

    I’ve only just recently, in the last few years, come to call myself a feminist. I’ve only just recently, in the past few years, come to understand what feminism actually means. Prior to that, I was very much anti-feminist, because of my limited understanding of the term. Turns out, if I’d had a better definition

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