June 24, 2016

Once the past has passed, one can not recreate it, without force. Or, alternatively, one can become a delusional madwoman sweeping about in a fifty year old debutante gown, waiting for a lover who will never come: either way, it means passing into the realm of the gothic, where violence always lurks Read more

June 20, 2016

One of the first uses of “pro-life” to denote opposition to abortion was in 1971, by a group of hippie peaceniks at the University of Minnesota, who saw opposition to abortion as a logical corollary to their opposition to the Vietnam War. Read more

June 17, 2016

I can handle a trip to Mordor if I get to come home and plant gardens, but not if I’m told I’ll never get to come home again. Read more

June 16, 2016

Celebrating Bloomsday means we leave the preset cycles of an institutionalized society and behave surprisingly; we reject violence and choose friendship; we reject ideology and make a dirty joke, or maybe just have a cheese sandwich. Read more

June 13, 2016

I like the feel of a gun in my hand. But here’s the deal: what I like isn’t the point. What I like might even be wrong. Read more

June 11, 2016

The archetypes of male dominance and of female erotic power are both infected with germs of rape tolerance, and this infection goes back to the founding texts and ideals of our civilization. Read more

June 7, 2016

Our existing prison systems do nothing to eradicate rape mentality: they only shift the focus, making rape punitive, instead of making it disappear. But if you want to make the plea that prison would have a “severe impact” on Brock Turner, I want to see that same argument made in the case of every single young man of color who is sentenced for much longer periods for much less troubling crimes. I want to see the excuse that “he was drunk, and couldn’t help himself” extended to every single person, male or female, black and white, who makes a grave moral error. Why is it that whenever a young black man is shot for resisting arrest, it’s added damnation of him, if it can be proven that he had alcohol or drugs in his system, while this same proof is an excuse for rich white rapists? Why is it that the future of rich white men, especially if they happen to be athletes, is so precious, that we can wave aside the gravity of their crimes, when we apparently care nothing for the future of women, or the poor, or persons of color? If Brock Turner gets off with a wrist-slap for rape, why should Jane Laut be sentenced to life in prison for shooting her abuser in self-defense? Read more

June 6, 2016

Looking back, I am ashamed. Now I wish to mend whatever flaw in my soul allowed me to harbor racist tendencies, whatever failure of love or magnanimity blurred the face of Christ. Read more

June 5, 2016

Or is it that we who laud death-dealing violence as an aspect of manliness, the supposed “strength” touted by the likes of Trump – and who accept the spectacle of a woman with a gun as long as it’s sexualized, fetishized, all the phallic connotations of a gun in the hand of a woman there to meet the delectating eye – are unable to excuse the use of force by a woman raising her hand against that most glorious of American idols, the male sports star? Read more

June 3, 2016

It is ironic that in our quest to overcome all boundaries, we have enclosed other animals within boundaries of our own making, for the sake of our own increased experience. Read more

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