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Essays and videos offering insights into the self, relationships, cognition and neuroscience
Disarming transphobia | Aeon
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Gender and identity

Disarming transphobia

‘Rapid-onset gender dysphoria’ is a popular weapon in the anti-trans arsenal. It is nothing but unscientific bunk

Quinnehtukqut McLamore

The legacy of Sappho | Aeon
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The ancient world

Sappho’s homoerotic poetry was beloved in ancient Greece – and burned centuries later

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Five years after the war | Aeon
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Gender and identity

Timothée built his identity around his absent father. What happens when they meet?

17 minutes

Eadem cutis: the same skin | Aeon
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Gender and identity

‘When you’re done, you stay human!’ What gender transition means to John

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Her body is a problem | Aeon
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Art

Her body is a problem

When 1970s women artists put the female body under the female gaze, why did the critics see only obscene monsters?

Lauren Elkin

Gloria’s call | Aeon
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Art

A mindbending trip that summons the forgotten women of surrealism

17 minutes

The Black cop: a villain, a victim and a hero | Aeon
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Gender and identity

What happened when a gay Black man joined the Metropolitan Police in London

25 minutes

The gallery that destroys all shame | Aeon
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Teaching and learning

The vulva dialogues – inside a sex-ed class that rebels against genitalia shame

11 minutes

Senior prom | Aeon
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Gender and identity

LGBTQ+ retirees celebrate their hard-earned self-acceptance at a belated prom night

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George Sand’s boots | Aeon
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Gender and identity

George Sand’s boots

How the rebellious novelist left behind her provincial self to learn about life, charging around Paris dressed as a man

Belinda Jack

The queen of basketball | Aeon
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Sports and games

You’ve likely never heard of the only woman drafted into the NBA – and that’s fine by her

22 minutes

The view from her | Aeon
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Thinkers and theories

The view from her

Is there something special about the way women do philosophy or is that just another essentialist idea holding us back?

Elly Vintiadis

You are a network | Aeon
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Philosophy of mind

You are a network

You cannot be reduced to a body, a mind or a particular social role. An emerging theory of selfhood gets this complexity

Kathleen Wallace

Shameful | Aeon
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Stories and literature

Shameful

Women who write about their pain suffer a double shaming: once for getting injured, twice for their act of self-exposure

Katherine Angel

Not only the stranger | Aeon
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Biography and memoir

Not only the stranger

Growing up in the shadow of a serial killer I came to understand that danger within a locked house might exceed that without

Alicia Foster

What makes a woman’s body | Aeon
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Gender and identity

What makes a woman’s body

A pang of hunger, a stab of pain, a sense of dread – these experiences emerge on the shore where biology and culture meet

Mallory Feldman & Kristen Lindquist

The necessity of Kripke | Aeon
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Thinkers and theories

The necessity of Kripke

No one with an interest in philosophy or debates about identity can afford to be ignorant of the work of Saul Kripke

Stephen Law

Sexual dinosaurs | Aeon
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Gender and identity

Sexual dinosaurs

The charge of ‘feminist bias’ is used to besmirch anyone who questions sexist assumptions at work in neuroscience

Cordelia Fine

Ming | Aeon
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Gender and identity

Mind racing, body still – for Ming, being a nude figure model is emotionally fraught work

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What we can learn about respect and identity from ‘plurals’ | Aeon
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Gender and identity

What we can learn about respect and identity from ‘plurals’

Elizabeth Schechter

A woman philosopher calls out misogyny in the 17th century | Aeon
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Gender and identity

A woman philosopher calls out misogyny in the 17th century

Allauren Samantha Forbes

Is artificial-womb technology a tool for women’s liberation? | Aeon
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Human reproduction

Is artificial-womb technology a tool for women’s liberation?

Sasha Isaac

Reviving the Roost | Aeon
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Gender and identity

Dancefloor politics – who’s in and who’s out at one of Edmonton’s oldest gay bars?

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Is crip the new queer? | Aeon
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Human rights and justice

Is crip the new queer?

Disability activists who look to queer theory for their politics end up limiting their real transgressive potential

Rahila Gupta