Giving Notice She asks, did you feel that, or was it Hugo under the bed? Hugo indeed had flattened himself against the floor under the bed, like he does in elevators. I said, I didn’t feel anything. Most significant tremblor in decades it turns out. Tonight there will be fireworks for atrocity children in cages… Continue reading Notice

The Importance of Being Earnest–and Pete?

I've been paying attention, as has most of the country, to the presidential campaign of the young Pete Buttigeig. The mayor of South Bend, Indiana is impressing liberals with his down-home charm, his military service, his happy marriage to the man of his dreams, his easy and winning speaking style, and his apparent working knowledge… Continue reading The Importance of Being Earnest–and Pete?

Capitalism, Socialism, and Mental Illness (delivered as talk to Socialism 2014)

Capitalism, Socialism, and Mental Health Dana L. Cloud Socialism 2014 In the days after Eliot Rodger murdered six students of the University of California, Santa Barbara, commentators rushed to attribute the violence to “angry, resentful, mentally ill individuals” (Time) or “deep and puzzling psychological problems” (NYT). The problem could not lie in the ominpresence of… Continue reading Capitalism, Socialism, and Mental Illness (delivered as talk to Socialism 2014)

Happy Birthday, You’re Not a Person

Today is my birthday. North Carolina voters just decided I'm not fully human. Here is a response. Whereas miscegenation queered the rite's unstable battle, today another state banned endogamy, the joining of like to like, ironically as ever calling difference into being. Not so much for domestication but facing inhumanity ratified by popular declaim, I… Continue reading Happy Birthday, You’re Not a Person

Why Marry at all? A poem by Marge Piercy

Why marry at all? By Marge Piercy Why mar what has grown up between the cracks and flourished like a weed that discovers itself to bear rugged spikes of magenta blossoms in August, ironweed sturdy and bold, a perennial that endures winters to persist? Why register with the state? Why enlist in the legions of… Continue reading Why Marry at all? A poem by Marge Piercy

Speech by Silky Shoemaker to Queerbomb (alternative pride gathering) June 4

Loved this--political, funny, celebratory all at once. This night has been a long time coming. Im so glad we’re all here to celebrate our wild and beautiful queer identities. Tonight we proclaim who we are and what we love, without shame or apology or beer commercials. Pride is strength in what we love and it… Continue reading Speech by Silky Shoemaker to Queerbomb (alternative pride gathering) June 4

The quiet desperation of academic women

This study came as no surprise to me! It resonates with my experience as a faculty member; although none of my male colleagues, Chair, or Dean is intentionally sexist, there are broader institution and cultural patterns that make some barriers to women's accomplishments seem like common sense. The discussion of how women bear a disproportionate… Continue reading The quiet desperation of academic women