Gender Theory & Religion, Brought to You by E!

How many viewers of reality shows on the E! Channel have studied gender theory? Thought about the religious roots of homo- and trans-phobia? Taken white male privilege seriously as a factor in shaping political alignment and the worldview of a trans* woman? Given serious consideration to how drag can be a deeply insulting to one [Read More…]

White Conservative Evangelical Heteropatriarchal Terrorism in a Gun Culture Hating Planned Parenthood

I’ve been too unspeakably angry about the terrorist attack on Planned Parenthood in Colorado Springs last week to write much about it. Yes, it was a terrorist attack. Any act of violence that is meant primarily to incite fear in the observing public is terrorism. It’s also a particular form of terrorism in the case [Read More…]

Why #BlackLivesMatter Has to Exist

I wrote the following piece which was first published in the Jacksonville Journal-Courier, my local newspaper, last week. When I saw a cluster of white police officers marching up to my neighbor’s house in military fatigues and helmets with large guns at the ready, my first instinct was to grab my camera and take a [Read More…]

At the Intersections: #BlackLivesMatter Vigils & the (white) Privilege of Growing Up

Many good people live and work at the intersections and I occasionally invite someone to tell a story from where they stand. Linnea Peterson is a first-year student at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, where she is majoring in Economics and English. She wrote for this blog last summer about the film The Fault in Our [Read More…]

Casting Off White Invisibility

In a piece for Salon last week, Brittney Cooper wrote about her ongoing struggle with rage and frustration in the wake of the Ferguson nonindictment: “I woke up in black skin this morning. Frustrated, because for the first time in a long time, I felt the weight, the scourge of this skin. Had visions of [Read More…]

I Am Not Trayvon Martin

In 1903 they were true.  In 2013 they remain true.  The words of W.E.B. DuBois about what it means to be a black man in the United States, with which Melissa Harris-Perry began her program’s footnote the day after Trayvon Martin’s killer was found not guilty: “Between me and the other world there is ever [Read More…]

Telling the Truth About Privilege

On Saturday, the Illinois College Board of Trustees voted to promote me to Professor of Religion.  For those of you not familiar with the academic hamster wheel and ladder, this is the highest ‘regular’ rank that a professor can achieve.  Full Professor.  It’s what comes after lecturer, instructor, assistant professor, and associate professor.  Beyond this, [Read More…]