Why the GOP is actually angry about the potential Hilary Clinton documentary

A lot of fuss has been made over this the last couple days. Fox News has been running features with titles like “Reince Priebus blasts NBC, CNN Hillary Clinton film projects,” while Politico reports “GOP to NBC and CNN: Drop the Hillary Clinton Documentary, Or We’ll Drop You.”

At the core, there are really two reasons that the Republicans are all in a tizzy about the Hilary Clinton documentary. The GOP is both: A) angry that they cannot be the party representing the women’s movement and feminism in the upcoming elections, and B) assuming that the documentary will be flattering pro-liberal propaganda. The first is (largely) accurate; the second is (mostly) stupid. Continue reading

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Making Sure History Is Made Relevant

At the start of each history course I’ve taught so far, I ask a few introductory questions to the students. Foremost among them are “what is history?” and “is history important?” 99% of my students have answered “yes” to the second and then gone on to provide explanations that usually center around something like, “it helps us avoid past mistakes” or “ it can give us insight about today.” Continue reading

What you haven’t read…

My partner sent me a link to an interesting article from the Chicago Tribune the other day:

“What your ‘unread books’ list reveals: Do the books that we haven’t read — and won’t — say more about us than the ones we repeatedly devour?”

In the article, Nara Schoenberg argues that it’s the books we decide not to read—and won’t—that really tell us about another person. And it’s a cool idea. And, I want to know what books you’ve consciously decided not to read and why. I’m also curious about what things we decide to watch as well. And yes, I will soon reveal myself to be a huge elitist jerk. Continue reading

‘Vaginas’ is spelled wrong

http://www.owningpink.com/blogs/owning-pink/sperm-trumps-vagina-wtf<–I just had a really intense response to a homework assignment about this article and Devin suggested that I share it.

It will take me a few days or weeks to get over learning that my vagina can fall out (#5). Regardless, I can’t help but think that this example of a “crazy thing about the vagina” is a wonderfully vivid metaphor for what Lissa Rankin is trying to do with her spreading awareness about the vagina and the discourse about vaginas– let’s stop hiding them! (Google Chrome is telling me that ‘vaginas’ is spelled wrong. I think this might also be symbolic of the fact that in our society the vagina is a personal and hidden thing between a female’s legs. If the discourse about the vagina were more public we could probably all get our vaginas together and have wonderful discussions…and Google Chrome might then accept the vernacular instead of only the pompous Latin medical term ‘vaginae’. There is no squiggly red line under ‘penises’.)  Continue reading

Occupy: Awakening from…

Two and a half months in and looking as formidable as any party con-demonstration.  The movement to bring corporate opportunism (polite way of saying ‘kicking ass at capitalism’) to justice, which began in the streets of the Western financial district of Wall Street, has been invigorated by global solidarity.  The buzz queries around the corporate media began and have remained as follows: “What are your demands?” “What are your solutions?” “How long will you stay?”.  All of these questions can be summed up with a cohesive question “What have you done?”

To quickly move past these reductive questions from a colluding media, here is Zizek to do some human mic’ing, so i can move on to what i am really wanting to get at. Continue reading

Women’s Rights, OSU Police Issue Useless University-wide Racial Profiling Warning, and Global Activism: a post of randomness

So, having not posted in a bit, I have decided to post on several small events that have caught my eye in the past few days. Below I ask serious questions of modern leftist politics in relations to feminism and the world, highlight police racial profiling, and examine the recent global activism started by the Occupy Wall Street protestors. Continue reading

Where’s labor?

Some of you may be acquainted with my tendency to highlight when scholarship places too much emphasis on class or class-based analysis in their works as an explanatory factor. “The Civil War was mostly about labor,” has been a popular example, as if whites could just as easily be enslaved as people of African descent. But, I’ve begun to recently notice that there is a whole other set of works that do something else. These are often works that fall in line with the tendency of being intersectional or at least owe some debt to being intersectional. These works, however, seem to leave class and economics behind, focusing instead more exclusively on gender, sexuality, nationality, race/ethnicity, or the body. Analysis of the workings of class are often implied, but rarely does it get sustained attention itself. This is, to say the least, a problem. Continue reading