Author Archives: Sam

About Sam

A friend claims I derail conversations like a reversed magnet on a maglev train. I even derail my own conversations.

It’s been real

My sincerest thanks to Jill, Cara, Holly, Jack, zuzu, and kactus for allowing me this opportunity to share your space. Also thanks to my fellow guest blogger Amanda—it’s been a pleasure writing alongside you these past two weeks. Finally, thanks … Continue reading

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Some thoughts on gender and Judaism

Following up on my most recent post about some different Jewish theoretical approaches to the issue of homosexuality, I would like to offer one or two thoughts on how Judaism approaches gender. Can we devise a modern Jewish theoretical framework … Continue reading

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Some thoughts on homosexuality and Judaism

Consider these two very basic facts: the Bible condemns homosexuality, yet lots of Jews are homosexuals. How is Judaism to understand these two things in light of each another, as well as in light of modernity? For this essay I … Continue reading

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I Can’t Believe It’s Not The Taliban

I strongly urge you to read this piece by the terrific Shmarya Rosenberg of the blog FailedMessiah. Ultra-Orthodox Jews in Israel are doing terrible things to women—beating them for sitting in the “wrong section” of officially section-less buses, breaking into … Continue reading

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Translation and the Virgin Birth

The doctrine of the virgin birth—that Mary conceived and bore Jesus without ever having had intercourse with a human male—is one of the oldest Christian doctrines. It dates all the way back to the early Church and has remained a … Continue reading

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Textual transmission and the silencing of voices

Words and texts change in transmission, but sometimes the result can be the silencing of a voice or an idea. This phenomenon is, of course, well-attested and recognized. Think of the game “Telephone” (or “Chinese Whispers” or “Russian Scandal”, depending … Continue reading

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Vancouver Pride Recap

So this weekend, as I previously mentioned, was Pride Weekend in Vancouver—a little bit late, compared to many other places, but carefully scheduled to coincide with B.C. Day so lots of people got a three-day weekend! The night before, the … Continue reading

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Diminished happiness on Pride Weekend

It’s Pride Weekend here in Vancouver. Assuming it stops raining, there will be a parade, a festival, fireworks from the finale of the Celebration of Light, and general merrymaking as is wont to occur during a Pride Weekend. Yet this … Continue reading

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Grisly attack on bus in Canada

(Trigger warnings apply.) I’m very sorry to punctuate your day with something like this, for those of you who haven’t seen it yet, but this is a piece of news that I simply haven’t been able to get out of … Continue reading

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Orson Scott Card is a hateful homophobe

Unlike Paul Constant, the author of this piece in the Slog, I have read Ender’s Game (summary judgment on the whole series: interesting in parts, mediocre at best as a whole—all right, Internets, flame me to a crisp). But this … Continue reading

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Gender testing for female Olympians

Well, that didn’t take very long. China’s state media is reporting that female athletes suspected of “really” being males will be made to undergo gender screening at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, set to open in a few short … Continue reading

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Yet Another Guest Blogger Introduction

Good day, Feministe readers! My name is Sam, I blog at the Xyre, and I am absolutely tickled as punch to be guest blogging here for the next two weeks. The guest bloggers so far this summer have been terrific … Continue reading

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