Archive for April, 2012
More than once people have complained that these Periodical Political Posts are mostly featuring bad news. And while this won’t change anytime soon since closing our eyes in view of the vast injustice all over the world would certainly be the wrong answer I do see where you’re coming from. We live in times of 24/7 news coverage and sometimes it would be nice to get away from these reports about war, death and corruption. So, without further ado: Have some upbeat stories :)
- New research enables engineered stem cells to seek out & kill HIV
- Violence is on decline worldwide & humans are more peaceful than ever
- UK same-sex couples have significantly lower divorce rates than straights
- Hungarian court overrules police, orders Budapest gay pride to proceed
- "Q High" school wants to give safe, bully-free alternative to queer teens
- Transsexual artist takes Angola (where homosexuality is illegal) by storm
- Swedes push ‘gender neutral’ toys to abolish out-dated gender roles
Do you have any good news to share? Let us know in the comments :)
Some people just want to see the world burn. Even if it’s just to rebuild it on the ashes of its blatant injustice. One of these people who always seem to be out to make trouble, who just can’t stay away from controversy is indie publisher Karl Andersson. Not too long ago he pointed out the hypocrisy & utter hysteria within the modern queer culture when it comes to teenage boys with his infamous Destroyer Journal (and using Comic Sans in its blog’s header wasn’t the only controversy about it
But now that Destroyer is (queer) history, Karl couldn’t keep his feet still. In-between several trips to Japan he found the time to not only bring something to Europe’s bookshops that was hardly ever seen there before, he’s also making a point in a political & cultural debate that is dividing (not only) Europe’s gay culture, art scene and literary circles. It’s the debate about not only a legal issue but a matter that will be a crucial part in forming our future; a matter of free speech & common sense.
He is publishing what is, as far as I can tell, the first commercially distributed shota manga in Europe: Entartete Shota 01 by Japanese manga artist Tsukumo Gou, translated to English by Karl and, unlike in Japan, uncensored. As he explains on his blog “Shotacon (shota) comics are drawings of young boys having sex. The genre is popular among male as well as female readers in Japan, and the artists too are of both sexes. The girl equivalent is called lolicon (loli).”
Even though no real boys are involved at any point in the the production of shota manga, they are illegal in many countries. The Supreme Court of Sweden, Karl’s homeland, is about to decide if these laws, which you could just as well use to ban thousands of years old depictions of boy sex in classical art, are constitutional. A decision that could become a precedent for the world.
If you want to become a part of this little piece of queer history you can order one of the 500 available issues at I <3 Mags or win one right here. Just leave a comment under this post and let us know if you think shota should be legal or not and explain why you think so. We’ll pick a random winner tomorrow!
14-year-old Kenneth from Iowa took his life on Saturday after severe bullying from classmates via Facebook and texts after recently coming out as gay. Towleroad has more.
"People that were originally his friends, they kind of turned on him," said his sister Kayla Weishuhn. Teasing started in school, according Kayla, a sophomore. She says it was the boys in her class, that bullied her brother over his sexuality. "A lot of people, they either joined in or they were too scared to say anything," she said. They took their teases online, to websites like Facebook, creating a hate group against gays and adding Kenneth’s friends as members. However, it was only the beginning, family say he started receiving death threats from students on his phone.