5 Reasons Skits Belong In Your Classroom, too

Almost every semester, I have students do skits–over a reading, theme, or something else. You need to use these, too! Here are five reasons why:  Skits are quick. Students only need 10-15 minutes to prepare and their skits are usually 2-3 minutes at most but can, of course, easily be adjusted. Groups of 2-5 work great.Continue reading “5 Reasons Skits Belong In Your Classroom, too”

Representations Matter!: Gender, Race, and the Normative

Just a quick thought, and I need to vent! This afternoon I had a doctor’s appointment, and while in the second waiting room (because: capitalism and bureaucracy?) , I noticed this White man staring at me. Exhibit A: I looked around me and noticed a group of White men and women were also staring atContinue reading “Representations Matter!: Gender, Race, and the Normative”

The “Trolley Problem” is Fundamentally Flawed

The so-named Trolley Problem first originated in 1905, and since its full development as a thought experiment in 1967 by Philippa Foot, it has captivated the on-going attention of philosophers and psychologists for decades. More recently, as indicated on the Facebook page “Trolley problem memes,” developing various iterations of the Trolley Problem is a popularContinue reading “The “Trolley Problem” is Fundamentally Flawed”

Key Facts About Trans People

Cis (i.e., cisgender) refers to people who identify with their assigned sex and gender at birth. If you’re not trans, you are usually cis and have cis privilege. A trans man, for example, is usually best seen as someone who was always a man, but we must be cautious of strategic essentialism and remember sex/genderContinue reading “Key Facts About Trans People”

Blue and Pink Affect Our Perception of Others

As part of a guest lecture/workshop I gave today on the power of words, I did an experiment. (If I remember correctly, I read about this experiment in Delusions of Gender that I have often talked about on this blog.)  There were 18 students. I sent nine students out in the hall where they could not seeContinue reading “Blue and Pink Affect Our Perception of Others”

An Open Letter to Employers (Please respect our students.)

Dear Employers in the United States, Many of your employees are students of mine. I have been teaching for ten years now, and I see it every single semester: Students, my students, have to miss class or even have to dropout sometimes because you will not accommodate their classes, because ultimately, you don’t respect theirContinue reading “An Open Letter to Employers (Please respect our students.)”

Learning That I Don’t Have to Tolerate Pain

One of the words that could summarize my life is pain: lots and lots of really bad pain. There have been many periods–years long–during my life where I hurt essentially all of the time. Given my body’s reaction to Neurofibromatosis, I can pretty much hurt anywhere. I have dealt with all kinds of nerve painContinue reading “Learning That I Don’t Have to Tolerate Pain”

The Power of Names

As I have written about before, no one is born voluntarily. Additionally, as soon as we open our eyes and see light and the doctor arbitrarily announces “it’s a boy” or “it’s a girl,” we are involuntarily assigned a series of names that we are forever associated with. Changing one’s name is an extremely difficultContinue reading “The Power of Names”