World History: What if fair pay was normative?

Tonight a thought occurred to me: How very, very different would World History be if people had always been paid and always been paid fairly for their labor? How very different would present-day income distribution be in the United States–and across the globe? Of course, we must recognize that notions of capitalism, pay, labor, andContinue reading “World History: What if fair pay was normative?”

Being Disabled And Unconditionally Rejected in Higher Education

At some institutions of higher education, faculty who are not perfectly able-bodied are effectively barred from even stepping on campus. Such practices—on top of the already-difficult job market and added to the ubiquity of microaggressions directed toward us crip people—automatically move some of society’s most educated people into the stack of unconditionally rejected applicants.        Continue reading “Being Disabled And Unconditionally Rejected in Higher Education”

Power in Everyday life, Religion, and Politics – Things On My Mind Series, #7

Minimum Wage I’m often interested in what people ignore or don’t see that is right before them. Although it has been disproven with data again and again, people persist in believing that most minimum wage workers are teenagers looking for extra spending money. In reality, the vast majority of minimum wage workers are adults, theContinue reading “Power in Everyday life, Religion, and Politics – Things On My Mind Series, #7”

Ableism and the Music Industry – A Few Thoughts

Here lately I am more and more interested in ableism and able-bodied privilege due to my own personal interests, the growing body of literature in Disability Studies, and in preparation for a solicited article I will be writing here soon on the History of Neurofibromatosis. For some time, I have noticed that music videos (orContinue reading “Ableism and the Music Industry – A Few Thoughts”

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”

“Real Men”: The Voice, Adam Levine, and #LifeIsAGenderStudiesCourse

This evening on The Voice after the Battle round performance of Peter Gabriel’s Sledgehammer by Johnny Rez vs. Nolan Neal, Coach Adam Levine used Twitter to release the following sexist comment:  Only real men can take on Peter Gabriel. You guys handled it masterfully #VoiceBattles — Adam Levine (@adamlevine) October 18, 2016 Of course, the diction and violence ofContinue reading ““Real Men”: The Voice, Adam Levine, and #LifeIsAGenderStudiesCourse”

Ava DuVernay’s “13th” (2016) and Reel Black History

Ava DuVernay’s 13th (2016) is an excellent Netflix’s documentary. It explores the long history of the many disastrous consequences for Black people that have resulted from the loophole in the 13th Amendment and examines the desire by many White people to perpetually exploit Whiteness and White privilege.  Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment forContinue reading “Ava DuVernay’s “13th” (2016) and Reel Black History”

The People Deemed Too Expensive To Live – the Crisis of Health Care in 2016

Sometimes the United States is a disgusting thing. As another enrollment season begins, yet again, more health insurance companies are deciding who has the right to live and who doesn’t. I am again one of the millions of people deemed too expensive to be worthy of life.  The United States is such a backward country withContinue reading “The People Deemed Too Expensive To Live – the Crisis of Health Care in 2016”