For Love of the Tale: A Musing on the Power of Nerd Culture

The hippies of my parent’s generation, real acid-dropping psychedelic flower children, and their ideological off-shoots who founded the America neopagan movement, were very into comic books and science fiction. A lot of other leftists took up this interest as well; for a modern example I highly recommend the scifi/speculative fiction collection “Octavia’s Brood.” Current nerd…

What We Really Mean When We Are Anti-Trans

When I discovered feminism, it felt like coming home. I grew up in an insular fundamentalist Christian culture which glorified patriarchy, and even when I moved out of that culture, I found that patriarchy continues to infect the whole of Western society. So to discover a movement that affirmed my femininity as good, that uplifted…

The Breath

As I observe the turning of the year, November and December become an in-between time, a liminal space; everything has died and the days are getting darker and colder. First there is the absence of breath, as though we are all afraid for a moment that this night will last forever. And then we choose…

Changing the Stories

Even in this postmodern age, we in the West like to think of ourselves as fundamentally reasonable beings.  We can be persuaded by logic and order our lives by intelligence and reason.  We like to believe that being a human means logical brain-power.  The capitalist system that rewards STEM fields and penalizes the humanities backs…

On Sacrifice and Climate Change

When you’re creating a new life for yourself, sometimes you don’t think about a certain concept, idea, or myth with much depth for a long time.  Sometimes you need to run away from something that’s deeply damaged you until you can heal a little bit.  Among the many things I had to step away from…

“What Happens After You Die?”

I was raised to believe that what happen after you die is the most important question one can ever ask.  In the past few years, of course, I’ve come to realize that what happens while you’re alive is a much  more meaningful question, as it’s one you can actually answer and one you can actually…

Reactions and Actions

I have a confession to make: sometimes I get frustrated at social justice spaces online. I get frustrated by all the information that I have no background for, the conversation that at times evolves so rapidly I can’t catch up, the continual learning, the process of over and over realizing that something else is oppressive…