Yearly Archives: 2010

on cheating, standardized testing, and the coming decade

A few iterations of myself ago, I was a college composition and literature instructor. Anyone who’s taught this particular category of courses knows that cheating is an enormous issue: take the ramped-up pressure on young people to set themselves apart from their peers in an era that has seen the highest rate of college enrollment in the history of America; add to that the increasingly fuzzy borders around what counts as ‘plagiarism’ in this mixed up, multimodal, shareable world; … Read more

film review: The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest

***spoiler alert***

***foul language alert***

If you’re keeping track, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest is the third in a series of mystery novels by the Swedish writer Stieg Larsson. It’s also the third in a series of film adaptations of the novels. I’ve written before about some of the feminist critiques of the books, though I haven’t read the books myself. I have seen all three films; I praised the first, The Girl with the Dragon Read more

QUILTBAG

http://www.farflungquilts.com/hproduct0.html

stands for:

Queer/Questioning
Unisex / Undecided
Intersex
Lesbian
Transgender / Transsexual
Bisexual
Allied / Asexual
Gay / Genderqueer

It’s a term I like an awful lot.… Read more

a thought about twins and gender identity

I have a twin sister. We are identical twins, which means: same egg, same sperm, same DNA. She’s in a relationship with a biological male (for ease of discussion, let’s just call him a ‘man’) and appears to love him very much. I haven’t dated a a biological male (a ‘man’) in years and years and I don’t imagine I will ever date one again.

We’re mirror twins, which means that our biologies are organized as if we’re looking at … Read more

arrest warrant issued in recent Bloomington anti-semitic vandalism

As I’ve mentioned before, the only daily non-collegiate newspaper in Bloomington, IN, is the Herald-Times. The Herald-Times sticks its news behind a paywall. This is deeply problematic, perhaps even egregiously so. When it seems useful and important, I post full stories from the Herald-Times Online here.

Bloomington has recently been the host to a spate of anti-Semitic vandalism attacks, and today a warrant was issued in relation to at least one of those attacks. When it comes to hate speech, … Read more

Read this blog post I found. Read it immediately.

here’s a post from SpiltMilk called Who hears you, when you speak about rape?

I have nothing more to add except to tell you that it’s a brilliant, beautiful post that you should read immediately. The first part is below. Click on the link at the end to read the whole thing.

**Trigger warning for discussion of rape and rape apologism. Please note also that the comments may be triggering.

Here’s the thing.

Julian Assange. Rape charges. Rape apologism.

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someone spewed hate speech all over my car.

On Friday morning, I walked outside and found these things written in the snow on my car:

peace symbol and the word 'AIDS' written in the snow on the hood of my car

This was written on the hood of my car: peace symbol and the word 'AIDS'

(backwards) swastika next to the words 'nig nogs are smelly'

written on the hood of my car: (backwards) swastika next to the words 'nig nogs are smelly'

on the rear window and trunk of my car: the phrase "I ♡ penis" below a drawing of a penis

on the rear window and trunk of my car: the phrase "I ♡ penis" below a drawing of a penis

I don’t believe these were random markings from some drunk undergraduate; … Read more