May 14, 2019

For once while traveling I’m not bringing my laptop, so I can’t yet promise to start posting more regularly now that the semester is over. That might actually be a good thing. Read more

May 3, 2019

This post contains spoilers for Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame. Consider yourselves warned (fyi, the blog image is from the trailer, so it is not itself a spoiler for anything). Read more

April 29, 2019

I get to be part of a 6-week masterclass called Seeking the Witch in traditional tales and everyday magic, how cool and perfect is that? Read more

March 13, 2019

I see a lot of excitement about Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris running for president of the U.S. And yeah, I’ll vote for them if it’s them or a Republican, but I’m not thrilled about their policies on sex work. Read more

March 12, 2019

In the midst of a busy semester, I’ve been focusing on the structure & detail of how I teach. There’s no universal rule to make it better, no magic trick, just the hard work of understanding what it is we’re trying to accomplish and being there for the students. Read more

January 22, 2019

Sexual arousal does not leap from person to person like a virus, duh. But what if what many conservatives actually fear is not physical, but rather moral, contagion? Read more

January 14, 2019

One of the biggest anxieties around sex education is the fear that if kids learn about sex, they’ll want to DO it. But guess what: sex is not a virus that takes over your system once you’re exposed to it and forces you to perform perverse acts. Read more

January 2, 2019

The anti-sex-worker bias seen in the American Plan dovetails with forced sterilization and medical experimentation, as well as straight-up misogyny. It was enforced until the 1960s and 70s, if you can believe it. Here’s a rundown of the American Plan’s impact. Read more

January 1, 2019

We can blame war for a lot of things; among them is America’s decision to lock up women suspected of being sex workers, and to do so indefinitely while forcing dangerous medical treatments on them. Read more

December 31, 2018

In 1917, the American Plan became law, authorizing doctors and the police to indefinitely imprison women assumed to be sex workers, sexually loose, or infected with STIs. This law was on the books until the 1960s and 70s, but practically no one has heard of it. Read more

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