Hidden Agendas?: STEM, Women, and Sexism

This evening it occurred to me (when I wasn’t trying to have any new ideas!) that it would be worth thinking through the recent specific emphasis on STEM programs (I first heard about this push in 2011) and its cultural, intertextual relationships with people we call women and with sexism and college enrollment patterns. AContinue reading “Hidden Agendas?: STEM, Women, and Sexism”

People fear and ignore science because it’s true.

This thought-provoking meme came in my Facebook feed this evening and provides an opportunity to connect a few different thoughts:  Take the following example: I currently have (and have had) a tumor in my brain around 4 or 5 mm that the doctors are closely watching. I can’t see it. I can’t feel it. AndContinue reading “People fear and ignore science because it’s true.”

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”

If the United States is a “Christian Nation”:

Misinformation abounds in public conversations and in historical memory. People give little regard to what, if any, greater truth or impact their beliefs and statements have. Hopes and fears true for one person are not necessarily true for others or are necessarily backed by evidence. This problem especially manifests itself in problematic, consequential ways when people describeContinue reading “If the United States is a “Christian Nation”:”

The Dangerous Implications of “All men are created equal” – Hidden Power of Words Series, #24

“All men are created equal” is, of course, one of the most essential doctrines of civil religion in the United States – a doctrine equally in sharp contrast with most human societies.  While it is well-established that “men” did in fact initially only mean men, in particular wealthy White men, it is not so well-establishedContinue reading “The Dangerous Implications of “All men are created equal” – Hidden Power of Words Series, #24″

The Moon

Photo taken by Andrew Joseph Pegoda, May 1, 2015, Lake Jackson, Texas After trying and trying to capture my ideas prompted by this photograph in the form of haiku, I opted to write a brief essay. The moon—an evening fireball—is such a unique and mysterious object. Acknowledging that in the 50s and 60s, people thoughtContinue reading “The Moon”