Finding An Audience?

I have been trying to write this particular post for a few months now and finally reached the conclusion that I should just go ahead and write some thoughts.  One of the roots of this article–“Finding An Audience?”–was planted while listening to one of bell hooks’s lectures on YouTube. (I’ve listened to so many, IContinue reading “Finding An Audience?”

For Once and For All: All Music is Always Political!

Following Lady Gaga’s performance at the Super Bowl several weeks ago now, people were sending comments and tweets across the Internet praising her for leaving politics out of her performance. This interpretation of her song selections unknowingly or perhaps even willing erases the extremely political nature of her Super Bowl Halftime Show. Lady Gaga performed partsContinue reading “For Once and For All: All Music is Always Political!”

Comments about the Rhetoric of Dining in Restaurants in the United States

In the social institution we call the restaurant, there is a disjuncture between eating and eating being possible. In other words, the process of eating is not a collaborative process with those who make eating possible. Countless people are involved in the consumption of said food being possible, all of whom are invisibilized. Such erasure includesContinue reading “Comments about the Rhetoric of Dining in Restaurants in the United States”

Longing for a Queered ACLU

This is the type of article I am always hesitant to write and publish because the American Civil Liberties Union, or the ACLU, has done incredible work for decades. I am a proud member of the ACLU. But, someone has to write about such…. The ACLU is one of the main organizations that is consistently workingContinue reading “Longing for a Queered ACLU”

“What if we reject the social construction of the tickets?” – Adventures Reviewing for the Midterm Exam

Today my students and I in Introduction to Queer Studies spent the class period reviewing for the Midterm Exam. We’ve covered a ton of material the past eight weeks! I tried a new method of reviewing today, and it worked beautifully, overall! It was exhausting for me! Each student who was there on time gotContinue reading ““What if we reject the social construction of the tickets?” – Adventures Reviewing for the Midterm Exam”

Philosophy of History and A Partial Analysis of Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless The USA”

If tomorrow all the things were gone I’d worked for all my life Think of the tragedy that would have to happen for everything to disappear (?) tomorrow. This also takes for granted the social construction of laboring for an employer. The use of “I’d” also connotes individuality alone and ignores the collective role society and governmentContinue reading “Philosophy of History and A Partial Analysis of Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless The USA””

11 reasons why I go by “Dr. Pegoda” in the classroom (and professionally, depending on the circumstances):

1. “Dr. Pegoda” is fully gender neutral. Decolonizing my gender is apparently a life-long process.  2. For a number of reasons, I have never liked “Mr. Pegoda.” (Following conventions, I used “Professor Pegoda” before finishing my doctorate, never “Mr. Pegoda.”) 3. In an age where experts are disrespected, it helps remind students and others thatContinue reading “11 reasons why I go by “Dr. Pegoda” in the classroom (and professionally, depending on the circumstances):”

Our Intolerance of Written Thinking and of Contrary Opinions and Comments Regarding the Best Picture, “Moonlight” (2016)

I first saw Moonlight (2016) the day it was released for home viewing. My first impression was that it was not nearly as good or as new as many had suggested, and I shared a few thoughts related to this on my personal, private Facebook page: My thoughts were generally meet with hostility, which puzzled me sinceContinue reading “Our Intolerance of Written Thinking and of Contrary Opinions and Comments Regarding the Best Picture, “Moonlight” (2016)”