The Difference Between Sexuality and Gender

Culture wants masculinity to be absolutely separate from femininity and heterosexuality to be absolutely separate from homosexuality.

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In Their Own Words is recorded in Big Think's studio.

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Why We Need to be Suspicious of Identity Categories

I'm not sure we can harness desire into identity in a way that doesn’t do some violence to it. 

I was walking down the street in Berkeley when I first arrived several years ago and a young woman who was I think in high school leaned out of her window and she yelled, “Are you a lesbian?"

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How to Break the Habit of Provincial Thinking

If I'm looking to find out what is the case with the war and whether the war is legitimate, I'm probably not going to be fully satisfied with the New York Times or theWashington Post or Fox News or CNN.

I'm a citizen and I want to know what my government is doing because my government is supposed to represent me, so I look to the news to find out what they’re doing and to form a judgment on whether I think that is right or whether I think that is wrong.

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Why Torture Fails to Dehumanize

Is there something left of the human that can’t be dehumanized and what is this power to humanize or to dehumanize?

I think that we’re used to hearing that people are dehumanized by acts of torture and of course that is right and I would never dispute that, but I think we don’t always know what we mean when we say that someone or some group of people have been dehumanized or someone or some other group of people have been humanized. 

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