As a gestational parent, I am among many who have ambivalent feelings about Mother’s Day.

The issue with this holiday is that it compounds so many things that need to be considered separately. So let’s deconstruct Mother’s Day!

First: the history. The contemporary Mother’s Day holiday was actually established to celebrate feminist activism — specifically, women’s advocacy of peace over war, and the movement for votes for women, which would give these peace advocates a political voice. It arose out of the volunteer work of Victorian women. The Victorians invented the idea of “separate spheres,” where (white) men would work…

Creating social panics about sexual problems that don’t actually exist has been a favorite of reactionaries in the U.S. in response to civil rights movements.

In the 1950s, reactionaries claimed that ending racial discrimination would lead to white women getting sexually-transmitted infections from Black women in public bathrooms. If schools were racially integrated, they said, white schoolgirls would get syphilis from Black girls in shared school bathrooms.

These claims were racist and ridiculous. But many white people believed them, and this fear was harnessed to generate waves of resistance against racial integration.

In the 1970s, reactionaries claimed that prohibiting sex…

On March 6th, 2021, the hashtag #superstraight was one of the top trending topics on Twitter in the U.S. and Canada. There was a #SuperStraight Discord server bursting with activity. #SuperStraight TikToks were suddenly appearing.

What is “SuperStraight,” you might ask?

Supposedly, #superstraight people are a newly-recognized sexual orientation group who are only attracted to cis men or cis women. The claim is that anyone who defends LGBT rights must recognize, respect, and fight for the rights of SuperStraights.

“Superstraight” logo uniting the Mars male symbol and Venus female symbol on their sides into an infinity sign, in a post decrying “Superphobia.”
“Superstraight” logo uniting the Mars male symbol and Venus female symbol on their sides into an infinity sign, in a post decrying “Superphobia.”

Soon, the #SuperStraight posts were joined by posts from people claiming to ally with, or have identities as, #supergay, #superlesbian, or #superbi, being also only attracted to cis people.

But let’s be clear. The #SuperStraight campaign is really is a trolling attack hatched in the cesspit of the /pol board on 4chan. …

Cary Gabriel Costello

Sociology professor, intersex and trans advocate, scholar studying intersectional identity and the body, gendernaut. He/him or ze/zim. Cheers!

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