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Think positive!

28 May, 2015 // 0 Comments

Are there any two words more loathsome in the English language? I’m having a tough time coming up with any, because ‘think positive!’ is one of the most pernicious, obnoxious, and frustrating memes in society and culture — ...

Farm reform matters for people too

26 May, 2015 // 0 Comments

The United States is having a big discussion about farm reform right now in spite of the ag-gag laws that are working double time to silence exposés of the reality of conditions on farms and the resistance to conversations about factory farming and ...

Questions People Ask About Tattoos

25 May, 2015 // 0 Comments

I am a tattooed person. For me, being tattooed is very much a part of my personal identity and expression — the same doesn’t hold true of all tattooed people. It’s not just because my tattoos have meaning, because they are visible ...

Book Review: The Shadow Cabinet, Maureen Johnson

24 May, 2015 // 0 Comments

I am unadulteratedly in love with Maureen Johnson’s Shades of London series, which takes us into a strange parallel world of ghosts that lies side by side with our own, where a secret division of the government deals with malicious, confused, ...

The Transparent Transmisogyny of Transparent

23 May, 2015 // 0 Comments

When I first heard about Amazon Instant’s Transparent, I was rather excited. Web-exclusive series are definitely the new face of television, and as established in Orange is the New Black, they’re becoming a place for trans talent to ...

Disability as metaphor, and why you shouldn’t

22 May, 2015 // 0 Comments

The use of disability as a metaphor in pop culture and elsewhere is widespread, but that doesn’t mean it should happen. After all, dog feces are also widespread, and I don’t think anyone is suggesting that we leave them sitting out willy ...

Can we use drones responsibly?

21 May, 2015 // 0 Comments

I confess that until very recently, when I thought of drones, I thought of two things. The first, of course, is the modern weapon of war, the device from which death can be brought from above and across thousands of miles; the drone strikes we see ...

Hunting, fishing, and voting

19 May, 2015 // 0 Comments

There’s a bumper sticker that’s quite popular ’round these parts: ‘I hunt, I fish, and I vote.’ It’s a statement I always find fascinating to break down, because there’s a great deal embedded within it ...
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