August 2009

Dear City of San Francisco

23 August, 2009 // 2 Comments

I have a suggestion which I believe will radically reduce your chronic congestion problems! It’s a two parter, so you’re going to have to bear with me, but I think you will agree that it is a good one. Here’s step one: Publicize ...

Stories From My Father: Drunk in the Castro

22 August, 2009 // 0 Comments

Any attempt to record stories my father has told me would be bereft without some tales from the Castro. My father lived in the Castro in the 1970s, back when it was much more ethnically, culturally, and economically diverse (as opposed to being ...

Mad Men It All Again

22 August, 2009 // 5 Comments

So, I finally got through season two of Mad Men, and, as promised, I’m writing about it. It took me longer than I thought, primarily because it’s not a show which you can gorge on: I made the mistake of watching four episodes in a row on ...

Sex, Gender, and Caster Semenya

21 August, 2009 // 10 Comments

Have you heard about Caster Semenya? You might have, because she’s been in the news rather a lot lately. Ms. Semenya is an 18 year old South African, who happens to be a blazingly fast runner. She was introduced to the international athletics ...

A Wild Encounter

21 August, 2009 // 0 Comments

My father, my Chinese mother, and I recently went on a stroll along the Haul Road to the Pudding Creek Bridge, in all its glory. While we were leaning over the rail of the bridge to look at the tiny tourists scampering below, I noticed what I ...

Advocate This

18 August, 2009 // 0 Comments

I’ve decided that I have really gotten tired of people “playing the devil’s advocate” in discussions about issues like feminism, racism, ableism, LGBQT rights, and so forth. These people are usually male, usually white, ...

Devaluing the Disabled Body

17 August, 2009 // 4 Comments

Two separate posts about disability issues have had me thinking lately about the way in which our society systematically devalues the disabled body. One, on Feministe, about a casting call for someone to play a disabled character, and another, on ...
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