On President Trump, Negging, and Women’s Bodies and Blood: It is Time to Subvert Shame

When people want to dominate, control, and silence women, they shame their bodies. This is often effective. Body shame shuts down women. Why does this happen? Malignant Messages Women receive messages all the time that their worth as a person is directly tied to arbitrary standards of beauty that someone else decides for them. Women … Continue reading On President Trump, Negging, and Women’s Bodies and Blood: It is Time to Subvert Shame

Peaceful Political Discussions: How Not To Be an Idiot in Five Easy Steps

Qualifications and Clarifications First, I am highly qualified to write this post because I am a recovering idiot (I will define what I mean by idiot very shortly), and I still lapse back into it occasionally. That is the most important thing to state. The second important thing to state is that idiocy is not … Continue reading Peaceful Political Discussions: How Not To Be an Idiot in Five Easy Steps

Why Everyone is Politically Correct and No One is Politically Correct: Why the Phrase *Politically Correct* is Unhelpful and Misleading

The phrase politically correct has been around for some time, but it became a dominant feature of cultural discourse this last election cycle. Donald Trump made political correctness or rather ‘anti-political correctness’ the centerpiece of his political campaign. He portrayed himself as a maverick, bucking political jargon and certain political agendas. In one of the … Continue reading Why Everyone is Politically Correct and No One is Politically Correct: Why the Phrase *Politically Correct* is Unhelpful and Misleading

Interrogating Power: A Meditation on Love, Bombs, and the Resurrection

Contemplating Power I have been contemplating power lately. Power. Our last election was a shake-up in power, and much of the political debate during the election focused on what does or does not make our country powerful. Power. We have also experienced many protests lately, and in these protests, it seems that power confronts and … Continue reading Interrogating Power: A Meditation on Love, Bombs, and the Resurrection

Five Really Good Things the President Taught Me (In Spite of Himself)

This was me after the 2016 election. Also me. It got really bad in late January and February.  I started doing things like this. And this. I turned into a churning stew of anxiety, anger, fear, and melancholy. I wanted to do something. To change something. I wanted to help. To make things better. But … Continue reading Five Really Good Things the President Taught Me (In Spite of Himself)

How President Trump’s Attack on the Media Undermines Our Ability to Be Brave and to Think Critically

I consider myself extremely fortunate because all of my life I have been exposed to a wonderful variety of both conservative and liberal ideas. It has made me a better thinker and a more brave and loving person. I grew up in a large, conservative and republican family. My grandpa idolized Ronald Regan, and when … Continue reading How President Trump’s Attack on the Media Undermines Our Ability to Be Brave and to Think Critically

The Politics of Force and the Strange Work of Love: On the Power To Be In Trumpland

Donald Trump’s election has troubled me profoundly, and I have not always been able to articulate why. It is not just the troubling language that dominated Trump’s campaign, although this is definitely a significant concern. It is not just that my preferred candidate didn’t win the election. My preferred candidate has lost an election in … Continue reading The Politics of Force and the Strange Work of Love: On the Power To Be In Trumpland