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

July 25, 2019

Morocco has a very intense colonial history, and its specter lingers in both obvious and subtle ways, such as at border crossings. I also learned more about the struggle for indigenous rights, which had not previously been on my radar. Read more

July 24, 2019

Traveling in Morocco as a woman was definitely interesting; it was probably for the best that I was in a group and not by myself, given that I was obviously an outsider. Read more

July 23, 2019

This was my first trip to North Africa, and hopefully it won’t be my last, despite how new much of it was to me. Read more

July 19, 2019

I recently had the opportunity to explain to someone what I think is a key distinction for when we use the term emotional labor and when we talk more generally about how humans work with emotions in their daily (and sometimes professional) lives. I thought it was worth replicating here. Read more

July 11, 2019

Understanding misogyny is a grim topic, but a necessary one, as I struggle to make sense of the ongoing violence against women that surrounds me (not to mention what I’ve also experienced). Read more

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