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Ryan Thoreson
Ryan Thoreson is a doctoral candidate in Social Anthropology at Oxford
University, where he is focusing on transnational networks of
activists seeking rights and recognition for sexual minorities. Ryan’s
involvement with queer politics has ranged from local campaigns in
North Dakota and Massachusetts to transnational work with the
International Lesbian and Gay Association in Brussels and the
International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission in New York.
Ryan's pieces on sexuality and progressive politics have appeared in
popular publications like the Advocate, Mother Jones, and the Boston
Review. He graduated from Harvard University with a BA in Government
and Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality and recently completed an
MPhil in Social Anthropology with distinction as a Rhodes Scholar at
Oxford University.

Blog Entries by Ryan Thoreson

The Unkindness of Strangers

(9) Comments | Posted October 19, 2012 | 4:23 PM

Just hours after Tuesday's debate, Mitt Romney's anecdote about ordering "binders full of women" for top jobs in Massachusetts had already gone viral. On Google, Facebook and Twitter, jokes about that moment solidly dominated popular reactions to the debate.

What made binders full of women so laughable? Under other...

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The Swing Vote

(2) Comments | Posted May 25, 2010 | 12:30 PM

The limited view of Elena Kagan's sexuality is disheartening -- especially for queer rights.

Even before Kagan was nominated to the Supreme Court, bloggers and journalists were frantically vetting rumors about her sexuality. As early as mid-April, Ben Domenech floated the possibility that Kagan might be the "first openly gay...

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