Fly Young Red: Challenging Hip-Hop’s Heteronormativity

  The first time I saw the video for ‘Throw That Boy Pussy’ by Fly Young Red (FYR), I instantly fell in love with the song, but with a kind of tongue-in-cheek fervor that was more an appreciation for how over-the-top it was.  However, after a second viewing, it’s clear that in the context of hip-hop, […]

The Metamorphosis, by Franz Kafka: The Absurdity of Alienation

    Up until recently, I was devastatingly ashamed of the fact that I had read 50 Shades of Grey (which might be more aptly titled 50 Shades of Shit) and not read Franz Kafka’s The Metamorphosis (also known as Die Verwandlung), though in my defense I did read The Trial number of years ago.  So, it […]

Alan Turing And the Problems With Posthumous Pardons

On December 24th, 2013, Queen Elizabeth singed the pardon of Alan Turing, employing the Royal Prerogative of Mercy and superseding the legislative process that was set to pardon Alan Turing in February of 2014.  Turing, a mathematical genius who was an instrumental code breaker during WWII whilst working at the now famous Bletchley Park, had […]

The Misamator, or the Homophobe?

The term ‘homophobia’ has been employed to describe those with prejudicial attitudes towards individuals from the homosexual community.  But this term  seems inherently flawed to me.  According to the Oxford English Dictionary (OED), the word ‘phobia’ means “A fear, horror, strong dislike, or aversion; esp. an extreme or irrational fear or dread aroused by a […]