Here’s my take: there is a suggestion here (not coming from Susie Castillo, but coming from the wide coverage of this ‘news event’) that the ‘former Miss USA’ was ‘molested’ because she’s so pretty. If this is the narrative–and I believe it’s there, … Read more
This graphic is brought to you by Genderbitch, who describes herself as “Just another pagan, kinky, queer trans chick with disabilities”:
I found the genderbitch blog because of a recent post published there on “calling out” bigoted behavior, and because I’ve been thinking about a recent incident in which I chose not to “call out” a classmate who said something homophobic in front of (but not about) me and a small number of my colleagues. I didn’t say a word … Read more
Here’s why, courtesy of the fantastic webcomic Riot Nrrd:
It’s ableist to call something “lame.” It’s an offensive and marginalizing term, on par with calling something “gay” or “retarded.” Henceforth, I will work to strike “lame” and all other ableist terminology from my vocabulary.… Read more
I just got back from a work-related meeting in Arizona, and I’m therefore feeling a need to counteract my willingness to visit a state whose newly passed anti-immigration law is one of the most deeply and overtly mean-spirited, evil-minded, and willfully ignorant pieces of legislation I can imagine.
Here’s a neat project I heard about while I was in Arizona: VozMob, or Voces Moviles, which I was introduced to by Ben Stokes, in comparison to whom I feel woefully inadequate. … Read more
I’ve been thinking lately about the burden of speaking for others.
Because I’m an educational researcher, and speaking for others is the heart of what we do. We walk into a classroom, watch some things happen for a little while, then make decisions about which stories are worth telling, and how, and why, and to whom. And this is precisely what we’re supposed to do. This is precisely why we head into the classroom in the first place: to tell … Read more
file under: if you’re not mad, you’re not paying attention.
I knew the recession had hit Michigan, my home state, harder than it’s hit any other place in the country; I knew this because I’ve been following the news and because my family lives in Metropolitan Detroit. But my recent trip to Michigan reminded me of just how bad things have gotten.
This is not the Michigan I remember. It’s not just that some stores are boarded up and some … Read more