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“I’ve recently given significant thought to how faith, religion and spirituality can impact and shape the idea of sexual liberation, and reached out to a few people of different faiths and sexual identities to get a sense of their thoughts and experiences for a broader perspective.”

SEX AND THE SACRED: HOW RELIGION IMPACTS OUR SEXUALITY

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“Recently, the media has exploded with news of a Twitter battle between rapper Azealia Banks and gossip blogger Perez Hilton. After Hilton inserted himself in an altercation between Banks and fellow female rapper Angel Haze, taking Haze’s side, Banks denounced him as a “messy faggot”. She then went on to say that she used the word to describe “any male who acts like a female”. Rumours have since abounded that Banks is being dropped from her record label as a result of her speaking out against Hilton. Rather than taking sides, I believe it is most important for us to examine the context within which this media escalation has happened. Instead of writing off Azealia Banks, herself a queer woman, as homophobic, we should instead be exploring the femmephobia and racialized sexism at play in the public’s response to this debacle.”

ON AZEALIA BANKS AND WHITE GAY CIS MALE PRIVILEGE

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