Caitlyn Jenner and Sexual Stereotyping

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I applaud Caitlyn! For her courage and for being gorgeous—at 65! There is hope for the middle-aged, and other hope as well.Many (please insert your own negative word here) statements are being thrown at her in the news and social media, by people who are (insert another negative word). She is accused of cashing in on her athletic fame, of doing this only for the money. That sort of bigotry really pisses me off.My immediate reaction to her Vanity Fair cover was: Wow, she is a beacon of h … [Read more...]

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Announcing Mythopoiesis: A Journal of Poetry and Radical Thought

When I have fears that I may cease to beBefore my pen has gleaned my teeming brain . . .At my back I always hearTime’s winged chariot, hurrying near. I edited and published four issues of a journal by that name (to be accurate, the first two issues were called The Catholic Socialist Review) back in the mid-1980s, using the primitive technology of paper and the US mail. There was no way it could have been self-sustaining. Now, the world is changed, changed utterly / A te … [Read more...]

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Lenin, State and Revolution, the One Percent, and Me

In June of 1963, I wrote my first Goddess ritual, for the wedding of my dear friends Larry and Catherine Shaw. I had been planning to graduate from San Francisco State that month, but the administration ruled that my having only 27 transfer credits from UC Berkeley, not 30, meant that I had to take the 18 units of General Education courses that I had thought I could skip. That was too heavy a load for just one semester, I thought; so, since I could still get the National Defense loan, I decided … [Read more...]

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Winning the War Against White Male Privilege

It is obvious that being white, male, strong, bright, and creative is unfair to all who lack those traits. So, in the interests of social justice, I will carry on the legacy of Dean Swift and Ayn Rand by offering a few modest proposals for rectifying such inequality. The most visible problem is that of skin color. If everyone were light brown, the average color for mankind in general, that would solve the problem. Paint or makeup would serve. Especially the darkest-brown people in Africa must … [Read more...]

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Reconnecting, Perhaps, with the Radical Left

Somehow Melinda got sent an invite to the Tacoma Free Skool's first organizing meeting. Since unschooling does not give our girls much social life, we went. Melinda also needed to report back to other homeschoolers on whether it looked like it might be a good resource. So, after looking at their first informational pamphlet, I said to a redhaired young woman, whose name turned out to be SAM, “I bet it would be dumb to ask who's in charge here.” She replied, “Well, yeah, we're sort of all in cha … [Read more...]

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How I Pray

All sensible people pray, no matter what term they use to name what they do.I know that the Gods exist independently of humanity and that prayer works. (That’s know, not believe.)If you are certain that nothing divine exists and that prayer cannot work, then of course it can’t. But if you are at least willing to be openminded about the possibilities that the Gods might be real and that prayer might work, then it will.I began crafting a morning prayer for myself during my first year of … [Read more...]

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America, We Have Eaten Dolphin Flesh

Life's  a little too complicated at the moment to write a new long blog, but I'll post things I hadn;t gotten around to.Friday morning I had a long conversation with a pleasant young woman named Gerry, a customer service representative for Comcast. I did not make her day worse. I told her I was pretty good at customer service myself and therefore appreciated it when I got some. For example, when I did such work for AT&T, sometimes a guy would call in mad enough to spit nails, but by the … [Read more...]

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In the Name of the Goddess, I Say to You . . .

All saints revile her, and all sober men Ruled by the God Apollo's golden mean - In scorn of which I sailed to find her In distant regions likeliest to hold her Whom I desired above all things to know, Sister of the mirage and echo.It was a virtue not to stay, To go my headstrong and heroic way Seeking her out at the volcano's head, Among pack ice, or where the track had faded Beyond the cavern of the seven sleepers: Whose broad high brow was white as any leper's, Whose eyes were … [Read more...]

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Nostalgia as a Root of Reactionary Politics

Now that life has calmed down a bit, I'll try posting  some more of my profound thoughts on here. Or maybe some satire.Tea Party Libertarians look like total nutcases to us liberals, but there is a rational explanation for their irrationality, one that might offer a way to push them toward at least a little more sanity. The problem is the illusion that there was once a Golden Age, which plays out on both the individual and the social level.The individual form of the illusion is our … [Read more...]

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Goody Jones’ Law, or, More on Unteachability

 Goody Jones is your archetypal Ozark grandmother. She’s observed a great deal about humanity in her lifetime, and, although life did not afford her the luxury of college, let alone a doctoral degree, she has always believed that “God gave us brains to use” and has never let hers be idle. Early in life she learned to skeptical about beliefs that seemed not to be backed up by facts, and the modern technology of interlibrary loans enabled her, by making careful choices, to become well-informed in s … [Read more...]

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