Reading Time: 4 minutes When I saw that the CDC director stated that it’s “encouraging” mostly already-ill people will die from COVID, my ableist spidey senses went up. And, judging by the ensuing outrage on Twitter, I wasn’t the only one mentally going, “What the hell?!” We know that anti-vaxxers do not care about the needs or lives of […]
Reading Time: 4 minutes Essentialism is antithetical to secular ethics. As a scholar in the humanities and social sciences, I teach my students about essentialism when I teach about identity. Essentialism, neatly defined by Richard Delgado and Jean Stefancic in Critical Race Theory: An Introduction, is the “search for the unique essence of a group.” They further discuss essentialism […]
Reading Time: 3 minutes Ah, summertime, when academics everywhere finally get to work on our research. Mine, I realize, is focused on queer identities in fairy tales, since that’s the most exciting thing to me right now.
Reading Time: 5 minutes Discussions about cultural appropriation have always loomed large in belly dance, especially its fusion genres. Here, I detail some important insights from workshops I recently took with North African dancers.
Reading Time: 4 minutes The spring semester is over but my brain is still melted from it and the rest of me is burnt out too, so here’s a fun little personal essay I’d submitted elsewhere and that had been rejected (yes, that happens to even the great Dr. Jorgensen). Ruminations on identity and SFF (science fiction/fantasy) follow.