Author Archives: futuresummers

Gone Home

In this exploration game released in 2013 and set in 1995, you play as Kaitlin Greenbriar, a 21-year-old woman who’s just returned from traveling in Europe. Arriving in the middle of a rainy Oregon night, she finds her family’s home … Continue reading

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Everything You Have Is Mine

“Why didn’t Mark’s mother get custody?” “Oh, don’t you know about that?” She purses her lips disdainfully. “The mother is a lesbian. Or was. Well, I suppose she still is. Anyway, one couldn’t have one’s son raised by two of … Continue reading

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Sex-Crime Panic: A Journey to the Paranoid Heart of the 1950s

Miller, Neil. 2002. Sex-Crime Panic: A Journey to the Paranoid Heart of the 1950s. Los Angeles, CA: Alyson Publications. In 1955 in Sioux City, Iowa, two children were sexually assaulted and killed. These crimes spurred one of many sex-crime panics … Continue reading

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Pronouns and Gender

Originally posted at Future Summers. Edited 11/8/2018 to change some slightly adult examples to be all-ages friendly, and to clarify an awkward statement. Third person pronouns are words we use to refer to someone who isn’t you or me (such … Continue reading

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How to Get Eighty-Sixed from the Restaurant or Cocktail Lounge of Your Choice Eschew reservations. Force your way past the maître d’ or the bouncer, insisting that you are “on the list.” Dress inappropriately. Go to Lutèce in inexpert drag; … Continue reading

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A stranger from the internet with a mutual interest in John Waters pointed me toward Gregg Araki, so I checked out Kaboom. It’s his second-most recent film, released in 2010, and the recipient of the first Queer Palm award at … Continue reading

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Transgender(ed), Trans(s)exual, Trans(*), and more: which should I use?

Cristan Williams has been doing great work on the emergence of these words, primarily looking at ‘transgender’: check out Tracking Transgender; Transgender*: The Rhetorical Landscape of a Term (with K.J. Rawson); and Transgender Timeline. Same with Zagria, whose Cross-Gender, Transgender, … Continue reading

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