To My Past: I Wouldn’t Be Who I Am Today Without You

I was raised in a home and a church with certain expectations.  Most of the people I grew up with have lived up to those expectations.  They’re all good Christians, remaining doctrinally pure and behaviorally righteous. Most of them are married and gearing up to raise the next generation of good Christians, in homes where…

Who’s the Boss?

This week has been a heady one for any amateur legal nerd.  I dusted off my three-year-old undergrad knowledge on the topic and got really into the Supreme Court’s rulings.  My twitter feed was up in arms about the VRA ruling, and jubilant over the DOMA ruling.  I prepared to explain what had and hadn’t…

Witches, Misogyny, and the Symbolic Reversal

We would all know a witch if we saw one, right?  I don’t mean someone who practices Wicca, I mean an old-timey, Disney-like witch, the sort that people want to burn at the stake, the sort of thing used to scare children during Halloween.  The popular imagination pictures an ugly old unmarried woman, stirring a…

What I’ve Been Reading (06/12 thru 06/18)

Wednesday again already?  Lucky for you, because I’ve got a really great collection of articles (and a couple videos!) for you.  So strap in, because here we go: First off, here are some substantive articles about the NSA/PRISM news story (by “substantive” I mean they do not pick apart the motives, attitudes, or personal lives…

Stop Trying To Make Anarcho-Capitalism A Thing

When I specify my political views, I like to say “anarcho-socialist” because there’s a philosophy out there masquerading as “anarcho-capitalism” and I want to make sure everyone knows I am not that.  I was, for  a few years, but I’m adamantly not anymore.  Because you see, by definition, if you are properly anarchist you cannot…