jaythenerdkid

jaythenerdkid

jaythenerdkid is the nom de net of Aaminah Khan, a queer Muslim writer, activist, tutor, former medical student and terroriser-of-bigots for hire. When she’s not tweeting, tumblr-ing, blogging, arguing with conservatives on Facebook or being blocked by Richard Dawkins, Aaminah reads fantasy novels, plays video games, argues with her husband about Game of Thrones and gets angry that there aren’t more characters like Abed Nadir on television.
  • The 2015 Racist Hallowe’en Costume Round-up

    A bizarre thing about Hallowe’en is that we seem to feel like donning costumes absolves us of many of the expectations society has of our regular, unmasked selves. This can be a positive, liberating thing – costumes are the next best thing to the internet when you want to...
  • The Hugo Awards Controversy and Sci-Fi’s Diversity Problem

    Even though I’ve been a lifelong fan of science fiction and fantasy, I’ve never much cared about the Hugo Awards. I mean, I’ve followed them in a vague way since my teens, and I guess I’ve bought books because their authors were winners at least once or twice in...
  • A Quick Word on Cultural Appropriation

    Of all the questions I receive on ask.fm and other websites, a great number of them are about cultural appropriation. My white followers seem endlessly baffled and befuddled about the topic, even though there’s a huge body of work on the subject by writers and activists the world over....
  • Chicago Tribune Editor Wishes Katrina-esque Disaster on Poor Black Folks

    So here’s something that happened: a Chicago Tribune editor, Kristen McQueary, expressed her fervent wish for a natural disaster to wipe out Chicago’s poor. That sounds like an exaggeration, doesn’t it? But like almost all things you wish were too horrible to be true, it isn’t. Someone really sat...
  • Art Imitates Life in The Wicked + The Divine

    Over the weekend, I had the pleasure of attending the Let’s Play Gaming Expo in Dallas, TX with my husband. I was pleasantly surprised to find that almost none of the men present belittled me for being there or questioned my geek bona fides, even when I displayed my...
  • I Went to a Bernie Sanders Rally So You Don’t Have To

    This Wednesday, a small group crowded around a borrowed TV in an outdoor pavilion at a local park in Lake Charles, LA. The air was heavy, typical of our bayou summers, and there were many muttered comments about the lack of an air conditioned venue. The crowd was older than...
  • Lafayette Shooting Will Spark Yet Another Gun Control Debate We Shouldn’t Need

    One of the very first articles I wrote for the Hub was about gun control. I wrote it soon after John Crawford was gunned down in a Wal-Mart for playing with a toy gun, and it was about the terrifying lengths to which gun owners will go to silence people...
  • My Vacation Auto-Responder for White Liberals

    Dear White Liberals, Thanks for contacting me. I’ll be out of state for the next two weeks and therefore probably won’t see your email protesting [pick one of the following: my religion/my queerness AND my religion/my non-binary identity/my pronouns/my religion AND my non-binary identity AND my pronouns/other (please specify):...
  • The Confederate Flag is Racist, But it’s Not Our Only Problem

    Here’s something I never thought I’d write – in southern state after southern state, the Confederate flag is finally coming down. From coast to coast, from Hattiesburg to Montgomery and farther still, even the staunchest conservatives are calling for the removal of the flag, known colloquially as the “stars and...