Posts Tagged ‘semantics’

Sadism, and the Study of Pain

05/07/2009  |  9 Comments

i have noticed elsewhere online that you have added ’sadistic’ to your lineup of adjectives. i was very interested in... more

Gendered Sources of Physical Power: Beauty vs Strength

02/15/2009  |  12 Comments

I don't know exactly where I first heard it, but somewhere I read once: men want to feel powerful, and... more

Define: The Do-Be-Do-Be-Do Complex

02/09/2009  |  18 Comments

The Do-Be-Do-Be-Do Complex referrs to getting involved in relationships where (especially in retrospect) you were drawn to the person because you wanted to be like them, not necessarily do them. more

Define: “butch in the streets, femme in the sheets”

12/26/2008  |  20 Comments

I ran across the phrase "butch in the streets, femme in the sheets" (again) the other day, and it bothered me (again, still). So I started thinking: It generally means - and correct me if I'm wrong - that this supposed "butch in the streets," once taken to bed, liked to or wanted to get fucked. This is operating on an identity alignment assumption: that butches are tops.more

Define: Courtly

12/08/2008  |  9 Comments

Back in September, I asked for a word for someone who accepts chivalry. We had a lively discussion in the comments about what that person would be called. I really like the word "courtly" - here's why.more

Define: Identity Alignment Assumptions

12/02/2008  |  17 Comments

An identity alignment assumption is the assumption that one's identity categories align with what is either a stereotype or a dominant compulsory cultural norm. more

Marriage is so gay*

10/24/2008  |  6 Comments

Last week, I dreamt of my future wife. That's a strange thing to write down and admit, actually, especially publically;... more

upon returning, a small complaint

09/24/2008  |  14 Comments

I was out of town last week, and now have returned from the other coast, the coast where the sun... more

On Pronouns, Mine

09/16/2008  |  10 Comments

I've had almost half a dozen people ask me in the past few weeks about my pronoun of choice, so... more

define: need a word for …

09/10/2008  |  31 Comments

Now that I'm on the subject of definitions, I have a request. I need a word for something. Sometimes the English... more