Hands Off

Sexual Identity: a
Step Beyond Anatomy

When President Obama declared his support for same-sex marriage last week, a wave of optimism and hope swept the nation. It is as if in what this issue is concerned, the U.S. has finally entered the 21st century.
After all, it’s been some 50 years since the sexual revolution took western societies by storm. Despite the good news, though, we’re far from seeing meaningful changes in people’s attitude towards sex.

The slow and arduous process that marriage rights for same-sex couples is taking in the U.S. has been a sobering reminder of how much we still lack in awareness about this issue.
Still, as residents of New York, the sixth state to legalize such unions, we have reasons to be proud for having helped this crucial issue of social justice to get the president’s attention, and things seem to be moving forward. We’re just not quite as far as we wished, after so many years since the first gay parade took to the streets.
WHAT’S IN BETWEEN, WHAT’S INSIDE
But if we think progress has been slow for gender acceptance and equality, we haven’t yet been acquainted with the struggles of another sexual minority, now grouped under the Disorders of Sex Development banner, no doubt, for absolute lack of a better name.
The expression “anatomy is not destiny,” used so appropriately to describe and protect the needs of minorities, is even Continue reading

Reax Shots

Dissenting Views
On Women’s Issues

Every Monday, a number of Colltales readers receives a Newsletter with the issues that may dominate the week ahead. It’s a way to offer them a platform to be part of meaningful discussions over current affairs. This week it was mostly about the International Women’s Day.

Afonso G. has this to say about the state of women’s issues, circa 2011.

“I’ll take stand for life and the unborn – as unpopular and out of fashion as it is.
“I hypothesize there is something more going on here than just the rights of women. I write all of this as a former supporter of the so called ‘pro-choice’ movement and join Mrs. Roe and many others.
“When you write of the for-profit Planned Parenthood, assuming Continue reading