Monthly Archives: May 2011

notes on Straight privilege

She gave me for my pains a world of sighs;
She swore, in faith ’twas strange, ’twas passing strange;
‘Twas pitiful. ’twas wondrous pitiful,
She wish’d she had not heard it, yet she wish’d
That heaven had made her such a man…
Othello Act 1, scene 3, 158–163

I’ve been thinking lately about the politics of passing.

In my case, passing means passing as a straight, cisgender woman. For most of my life, until the last year or … Read more

things I’ve started doing since the New York Times erected its paywall (and a workaround that works!)

1. I’m much slower to click on a link to a news item, whether the link is in my Google News feed or posted by a member of one of my social networks. There’s a 20-article limit each month, see, after which point readers are required to pay for access.

2. I’m likely to scan NYTimes headlines and page fronts, then search elsewhere for articles about the issues that interest me.

3. I’m extremely unlikely–one might say ‘completely unlikely’–to post … Read more