2009:4 – Religion & Sexuality

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Bone window I am coming through in sin, bearing seed, vertebrally, I stand with structural faults, held by blind nails hiding the salt in the marrow. I cruise through blue veins with murderous intent, through delicate cartilage and mucous membrane, to cup a hip or breast I am sexed. Share PostTwitterFacebookGoogle +1Email

by elvis santana

The Cure for What Ails You

One of the worst, or at least most difficult things about being gay and Muslim is that…well, you’re not really both gay and Muslim at the same time. At least, I haven’t been able to find that reconciliation in my own life just yet, and it’s frustrating, because I don’t think that sexual orientation should inevitably lead to a sense… Read more →

Bride Denied: Media Coverage of Mukhtaran Mai

Bride Denied: Media Coverage of Mukhtaran Mai

In early April, Mukhtar Mai, the Pakistani survivor of a tribal-ordered gang rape who prosecuted her rapists rather than accepting a tradition of suicide after rape, married her bodyguard, Nasir Abbas Gabol. Scathing condemnations of the marriage came from Pakistani writers, women’s groups, and news outlets. While the circumstances under which she married are troubling, the way that Pakistani media… Read more →

Where Have All the Cowboys Gone?

And by cowboys, I mean straight people. When we conceived of Chay Magazine, we did not imagine that we would lack for content about heterosexual life – heterosexual love, heterosexual sexuality, marriage, divorce, dating, harassment. We were expecting all of these things. What’s more, we were really worried about finding enough content by or about anyone who wasn’t straight. Gosh,… Read more →