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Gender & Sexuality

How should LGBT activism think about state power?

Samual Clowes Huneke, Hugh Ryan

Two prominent litigators discuss decades of progress, the backlash today, and the road ahead.

Paisley Currah, Jennifer L. Levi, Shannon Minter

The Pope’s call for gay blessings is not what it seems. 

Richard D. Mohr

The post-work movement reckons with reproductive labor.

Rachel Fraser

A long line of films tracks the solidarities that arise when prohibition makes friendship too perilous.

Judith Levine

Chantal Johnson’s debut novel, Post-Traumatic, makes the case that we can—by moving away from representations of individual suffering.

Anna Krauthamer

Our ideas about sexuality and gender have changed before, and now they’re changing again.

Hugh Ryan

Even in states without bans on abortion or gender-affirming care, hidden religious restrictions in secular hospitals harm patients.

Elizabeth Sepper and James Nelson

Feminist arguments against body modification are a dead end.

Becca Rothfeld

Trans-inclusive policies are essential, but efforts to establish them must not lose sight of the structural oppressions that trans people face. 

Paisley Currah, Robin Dembroff

Just as abolitionists fought the Fugitive Slave Act, those resisting the criminalization of reproductive health can employ jury nullification.

Sonali Chakravarti

What would it look like if we put our desires at the center of our politics?

adrienne maree brown

Harm reduction strategies have the best chance of stopping this disease.

Joshua Gutterman Tranen

The gender politics of Positive Psychology valorize the nuclear family and heterosexual monogamy.

Micki McElya

Freedom means a world where how I parent is simply mundane rather than overburdened with meaning. 

Jennifer C. Nash

The late author of Nickel and Dimed played a major role in women’s liberation and U.S. socialism.

Lynne Segal

Cruising extends the political value of the city as a space that brings us into contact with people who seem unlike us until we realize our shared desires.

Jack Parlett

Our well-being depends on a better understanding of how the logic of labor has twisted our relationship with pleasure.

Breanne Fahs

Boston Review speaks with Rachel Rebouché on the post-Dobbs legal landscape.

Rachel Rebouché

Sex workers are labor's vanguard. The left ignores them at its peril.

Heather Berg

The patchwork of government regulations around sex and gender causes endless misery for transgender people.

Samuel Clowes Huneke

A new book offers a compelling, if imperfect, account of the bad feelings with which trans people often struggle.

Jules Joanne Gleeson
Rosie Gillies
As Roe is struck down by the Supreme Court, we bring together recent and archival essays to assess what is at stake—and how we might move from reproductive rights to reproductive justice.

Tinder and OkCupid should drop the gender binary. Doing so would help all users—queer and straight alike.

M. Andler

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Associate Professor of Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies at Yale University and author of Sex and Harm in the Age of Consent

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