Monthly Archives: December 2011

The Emperor Has No Clothes

December 6 stands out as a significant date in history for many reasons, chief among them the Montréal Massacre in 1989. That day, an anti-feminist, female-hating man murdered 14 women at the École Polytechnique for daring to study engineering. Because, you know, females aren’t supposed to study engineering. Rigid adherence to sex stereotypes allowed that murderous man to think […]

Difference Exists

Written by E. Hungerford and Cathy Brennan Something has gotten lost on the way to liberation for the GLBT community – females. Females have been the backbone of the movement, with lesbians playing key roles in the 1980s fighting the “Gay Plague” of their gay male brothers, working to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, and fighting […]

A Way Forward

Late last month, a small group of concerned folks gathered in front of the KAGRO building at the corner of Maryland and North Avenues in Mt. Vernon.  After a few minutes, another small group joined the assembled people, having just marched from Maryland Institute College of Art. The reason for the gathering? A series of […]

Same Song, Different Verse

Anyone who has been paying the least bit of attention to Baltimore City politics knows at least two things – incumbent Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is under attack from a number of corners for her perceived inability and perennial candidate Carl Stokes thinks he is the man needed to reshape the city and take the helm […]

Group Protection vs Individual Rights

Last April, the world watched in horror as video of Teonna Brown and a juvenile beating Chrissy Polis at a Rosedale McDonald’s aired repeatedly on major national and international media outlets and spread virally over the World Wide Web. In response, a number of local activists, including me, organized a rally against hate and violence. […]

Baltimore Pride History Lesson

Every June, gays and lesbians across the country celebrate Pride, an event marked by festive parties, parades, and copious amounts of alcohol consumption. The current incarnation of Pride has seemingly lost much of its sense of history as a time to recognize the progress made politically by gay and lesbian people since the Stonewall Rebellion […]

Porn Occupies Everything

Almost every woman I know has been sexually abused. Let me repeat this. I am 41 years old, and I know lots of women – and almost every woman I know has been sexually exploited. Usually, more than once.

Preserving the Distinctly Private and Personal

On November 21, the Howard County Council will take up County Bill 54-2011, which intends to ban discrimination based on “gender identity” in housing, employment law enforcement, financing and public accommodations.  Like many of the bills pushed by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and others, the bill defines “gender identity or expression” as […]

Solidarity of Interest

For as long as I can remember, I have been interested in the political world around me. I blame my mother for this, as I recall her making me write a letter about how I felt when the U.S. hostages in Iran were freed under Ronald Reagan in 1981. My mother taught me that we […]

The Economy is a Feminist Issue

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last few years, you know that no other issue has dominated nightly news discussions like The Economy.  We’ve heard endless iterations of the reasons why The Economy tanked and what needs to happen to fix it.  Currently, the Tea Party Occupy Wall Street Movement both seem […]