May 11, 2017 There’s a scene in the 2016 film La La Land (Yes, I’ve seen it twice. Wanna make it three times?) where Seb (played by Feminist Ryan Gosling) is trying to explain jazz to Mia (played by Superbad Emma Stone). Mia, like many folks, thinks of jazz as the boring background music you … Continue reading A Dad Love Supreme
January 30, 2022 There’s a classic experiment in the 1940s that unmasked the true depth of racism in America. Two psychologists, Kenneth and Mamie Clark, gave black children in New York City four baby dolls, two with dark skin and two with light skin. Then the researchers asked the kids to pick the “good” dolls … Continue reading Represent! Why We Need a Black Woman on the Supreme Court
February 14, 2017 A Little Valentines Jazz for My Wife When love walks in the room It sounds like chaos Boplicity Sheets of sound Bibbity bop badang dang The first time I saw you I heard trumpets Louis Armstrong Heralding the arrival of a saint Dizzy Gillespie’s cheeks filled the room Bap bap bap … Continue reading The Bebop of Love
December 29, 2017 How is it possible to sum up a year like the 2017, the first year of the unimaginable Trump presidency, when alternative facts became accepted reality and actual facts were branded “fake news”? It’s been hard to believe any of it has been real. Americans seem to either embrace this pathological liar … Continue reading 2017, the Year America Fell Into the Upside Down
June 25, 2022 I got a text yesterday morning to turn on the TV. I was worried that someone famous I loved had died or there was another 9/11 unfolding. It was much worse than that. The health and safety of girls and women of child-bearing age was being thrown under the bus by five … Continue reading Talking to My 7-year-old Daughter About Abortion
November 19, 2020 If there was ever a time America needed a leader, it’s now as COVID deaths surge past a quarter million. But sad Donald Trump is in his bunker, tweeting madly that he won the election “by a lot.” No stimulus program for Americans falling into homelessness. No national mask mandate to save … Continue reading President Snowflake: How Trump’s fragile masculinity made me a better man.
May 19, 2019 In Texas last month, male lawmakers introduced a bill that would give women the death penalty for having abortions, even if they were the victims of rape or incest. The news coming out of Ohio, Georgia, Alabama, Missouri and other “red” states is even more frightening as laws restricting a women’s control … Continue reading This War on Women and a Strategy to Defend Choice
June 28, 2018 I’m sick to my stomach. It doesn’t seem like a survivable idiocracy at this point. It feels like the drift into authoritarianism. Both my undergraduate and doctoral work focused on how fascist movements emerge. My professional work as a researcher has centered on the threat of right-wing extremism. I have to slap … Continue reading America is Becoming a Dystopian Nightmare: What Do We Do Now???
April 26, 2018 When Donald Trump told CNN that the “again” in his “Make America great again” was the early 1950s at lot of white men rejoiced. Not only was that before the Brown vs. the Board of Education (1954) and the pesky civil rights movement, it was before the modern feminist movement and all … Continue reading Incels: Just the latest chapter in the war on women
October 5, 2017 The slaughter in Las Vegas on Sunday was the largest since the 300 slaughtered at Wounded Knee, South Dakota in 1890 or the 250 slaughtered in the 1921 attacks in Tulsa, Oklahoma (or any of the other slaughters in which non-white Americans were the victims). The carnage has America in a brief … Continue reading How to talk rationally about gun control