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Yes! Women are Funny!  by Kaj Hasselriis
Yes! Women are Funny!

Yes! Women are Funny!

It’s one of the first warm nights of spring, and the venerable queer venue is shaking with laughter at a stand-up comedy show headlined by young women comedians.  Avery Edison strolls onstage, with her small round glasses and short red Sinead O’Connor-style hair, and the mixed-gender, mostly 20-something audience welcomes the young British comic with the same polite applause it gave to the five young women who performed before her. Not long into her set, Edison comes out to the crowd as transgender and, seeking to prove it, starts to unbutton her black jeans.

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Why Cougars Deserve Respect  by Jeanie Keogh
Why Cougars Deserve Respect

Why Cougars Deserve Respect

Ever since The Graduate (1963) and Harold and Maude (1971), the older woman-younger man paradigm has been a topic of cinematic curiosity. However, it wasn’t until the term “cougar” emerged 25 years ago that the relationship gained a more public profile.

The term was reportedly first coined in the 1980s by members of the Vancouver Canucks hockey team to refer to older female fans who sought to date hockey players.

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The Lure of Bonnie Marin  by Shawna Dempsey
The Lure of Bonnie Marin

The Lure of Bonnie Marin

At 6 a.m., Bonnie Marin begins another day cooking over a hot grill. Breakfast orders pour in, but as always her mind is elsewhere. She daydreams of giant storks standing on wet floors.

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The Women of Casa Xochiquetzal  by Annuska Angulo
The Women of Casa Xochiquetzal

The Women of Casa Xochiquetzal

Xochiquetzal (pronounced So-chi-ke-chal) is an Aztec goddess whose name means flower-feather. She represents the divine and spiritual side of the pleasures of the flesh. Xochiquetzal was adored by the ahuianime, the pre- Hispanic prostitutes.
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Gender Outlaws  by Mandy van Deven
Gender Outlaws

Gender Outlaws

In the 15 years since Kate Bornstein’s groundbreaking
Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women and the Rest of Us
exposed the cracks in the construction of gender,
the world has seen some significant changes.

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Tegan and Sara  by Anna Lazowski
Tegan and Sara

Tegan and Sara

While working on their latest album, Sainthood, Tegan and Sara spent a month at Sound City Studios in Van Nuys, California, where Tom Petty, Pat Benatar, Fleetwood Mac and Nirvana have recorded. One day, Sara Quin found herself in the midst of a truly memorable moment.

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Rhymes With Cubic Pear  by Renee Bondy
Rhymes With Cubic Pear

Rhymes With Cubic Pear

Back in its heyday, I performed in a local production of Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues. I performed the monologue called “Hair,” in which a woman tells her story of being pressured by her husband to shave her pubic hair. After shaving, she feels “puffy and exposed and like a little girl.” Her husband is turned on. After she refuses to keep shaving, he is unfaithful, they attend couples’ therapy and ultimately, they divorce.

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Tattoos More than Skin Deep  by Alexis Keinlen
Tattoos More than Skin Deep

Tattoos More than Skin Deep

When Patricia Roe was 46, her 20-year-old son, Adam, died while mountain climbing in Guatemala.

Several of Adam’s friends got tattoos to mark the loss of their friend. A few weeks later, Roe got the same design tattooed a few inches above her knee, while Adam’s father had the tattoo applied to his shoulder. The design is an impala—a type of deer—surrounded by a sun. The deer was an important symbol for Roe’s son, who loved speed, movement and freedom; he also loved the sun.

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Passion For Revolushun Inspires Dub Poets  by Sheila Nopper
Passion For Revolushun Inspires Dub Poets

Passion For Revolushun Inspires Dub Poets

nah-ee-lah and d’bi young are creating sparks with their word sounds. These second- generation dub poets—who are also noteworthy playwrights and actors—rhythmically fan those sparks into flames of resistance against injustice as they burn new pathways toward social liberation.

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Funny Girl Elvira Kurt  by Karen X. Tulchinsky
Funny Girl Elvira Kurt

Funny Girl Elvira Kurt

We 'd barely sat down, Elvira Kurt and I, for double moch-a-cinno lattes (don 't laugh-this is Vancouver, after all and there 's an espresso bar on every corner) at a funky Yaletown cafe, when we were hounded (or rather, she was) by a small group of fans wanting autographs.

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