February 4, 2020

Pausing to reflect on one’s social positioning in regard to one’s writing is a good thing to do…preferably before publishing said piece of writing. Here are a few thoughts on my recent work on the belly dance debates. Read more

January 23, 2020

Naming discussions are rocking the North American belly dance communities, especially the tribal fusion and tribal improv subsets. Apart from our usual conversations about cultural appropriation, the main question is: who gets to use the word tribal? Read more

January 21, 2020

There’s a discussion brewing in the belly dance community about genres that go by the name tribal and whether we (white Americans, among others) should get to use that word. What follows is some reflections on language and meaning. Read more

December 31, 2019

The answer, obviously, is yes on some level, because this folklorist is definitely blogging right now, but I want to dig in a bit deeper as to why we might want to blog, or why we might want to abstain, and whom this benefits. Read more

December 26, 2019

Part of grappling with sexual assault from a folklorist’s perspective means taking into account how it impacts communities and their cultures, and wow are there some ethical considerations to be discussed. Read more

October 26, 2019

One of the highlights of the recent American Folklore Society meeting was a panel discussing events in #MeToo, what folklorists can specifically contribute to the discussion, and continuing problems with abuse/assault in our field. In what follows, I’ll summarize some of the highlights of the panel on #MeToo (labeled “Take Two” because we had an excellent #MeToo panel at last year’s conference). Mild trigger warning for discussions of sexual violence, though there’s little that’s very graphic. …Actually, I’ll start by… Read more

October 21, 2019

I’ve been wanting to get back to blogging, truly I have, but this semester has been rough on me not just in terms of time (over) commitment, but also due to the exhaustion of burn-out. Read more

August 26, 2019

As we all know, I like to nerd out about trauma. But sometimes, it hits too close to home, and I need help in continuing to do the work that brings me into contact with trauma (in addition to continuing to, like, be a human in contact with other humans). Read more

August 13, 2019

I’m glad, on the one hand, that toxic masculinity has practically become a household word; however, wanting to broaden the conversation to toxic femininity is misleading and misses the point. Read more

August 7, 2019

In the wake of yet another mass shooting, I’ve seen men on Twitter suggesting that we legalize sex work in order to give these poor sexless dudes an outlet so they don’t go on shooting sprees. But this is just as bad as the enforced monogamy nonsense from Jordan Peterson, and it relies on women’s bodies and emotional labor to build peace. Read more

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