Author Archives: Ampersand

Peter S Beagle, author of “The Last Unicorn,” is in dire need! Here are three ways you can help. (UPDATED)

Peter S. Beagle, the author of three novels that were foundational for me (The Last Unicorn, A Fine and Private Place and The Folk of the Air), and many other novels and stories, is having financial trouble – trouble severe … Continue reading

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New Comic Strip: “If It Looks Like A Duck”

I have a new comic up at The Nib today! This is a very unusual comic strip for me – it’s autobio, a genre I almost never do. It’s about what happened to me when I took a job playing … Continue reading

Posted in Cartooning & comics, Feminism, sexism, etc, Homophobic zaniness/more LGBTQ issues, Men and masculinity | 8 Comments  

Open Thread and Link Farm, Spiders Will Eat Us All Edition

LSE Business Review – Gender quotas and the crisis of the mediocre man “Quotas aren’t anathema to meritocracy: they increase competence levels by displacing mediocre men.” White Women Are Less Likely to Protect Black Women From Sexual Assault, Study Finds … Continue reading

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Cartoon: On The Creation of the Electoral College

If you enjoy these cartoons, please support them on Patreon! Even a pledge of $1 means a lot to me! This cartoon was largely inspired by reading “The Proslavery Origins of the Electoral College ,” by historian Paul Finkelman . … Continue reading

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Feminism Test – What Kinds of Feminist Are We?

So I took this what-type-of-feminist-are-you test that someone created. It’s 42 questions, but only took me a few minutes. Is this a meaningful result? I’m skeptical. I did expect to be pegged as a liberal feminist, but the test said … Continue reading

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Cartoon: What Bathroom Bills Do

If you enjoy these cartoons, please support them on Patreon. Another week, another cartoon! This is something I’ve seen trans friends and advocates point out – that access to public bathrooms is, to a great extent, a prerequisite for access … Continue reading

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The Electoral College Was Created To Protect Slavery

The common belief that the electoral college was created to protect the interests of smaller states is a myth. Historian Paul Finkelman writes (pdf link): The implication of Hardaway’s argument is that the electoral college was created to placate the … Continue reading

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Cartoon: On Stopping Bigots From Speaking

If you enjoy these cartoons, please support them on Patreon. :-) I’m not shy about being partisan; most of my cartoons are unambiguously from the left. But I don’t agree with all lefties about everything. This is one of the … Continue reading

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Open Thread and Link Farm, Pie In A Mirror Edition

The case for having the federal government guarantee a job for every9oe who wants one – Democracy Journal I’m worried about unintentional effects if this were to happen, but I’m also intrigued by the idea. One of the “Death Panels” … Continue reading

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Health Care Policy, Controlling Costs, And Not Admitting What You Want

The AHCA, also know as “repeal and replace,” has suffered an embarrassing defeat, and that makes me happy. It’s looking likely that Obamacare is going to survive. For now. The Republicans are in an interesting position. Most conservative intellectuals seem … Continue reading

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