Book Review–“The Rise of the Nones: Understanding and Reaching the Religiously Unaffiliated”

I read James Emery White’s The Rise of the Nones: Understanding and Reaching the Religiously Unaffiliated (2014) this morning in preparation for a new specific topics course I am teaching this spring–Atheists, Other “Heathens,” and 20th C. United States. White writes from the perspective of a long time pastor and a follower of Protestant Christian theology and forContinue reading “Book Review–“The Rise of the Nones: Understanding and Reaching the Religiously Unaffiliated””

Polyamory, Constructionism, and the Queerness of Hollywood

Two thoughts have been stirring around my brain lately, and they require a bit of creative thinking, potentially: 1) Actors and actresses are, effectively, in on-going polyamorous relationships, 2) performers embody the rejection of (dangerous) ideologies of essentialism.  Polyamory and Queer Hollywood  The philosophy of polyamory says that it’s possible, even natural, for a person toContinue reading “Polyamory, Constructionism, and the Queerness of Hollywood”

Biological Determinism and the Trans Debates: Gender, Sex, Race, and Ability

People increasingly attempt to use biological determinism (or essentialism) to lock people into identities, identities that are actually assigned and determined by cultural mores. While people who are transgender or transexual (often abbreviated as just trans) are increasingly accepted by academia and by society–although we absolutely have a long, long way to go–such cannot beContinue reading “Biological Determinism and the Trans Debates: Gender, Sex, Race, and Ability”

Other Strange Rituals of the Nacirema

In almost all cases, this particular ritual occurred at least once every twelve years, once members of the Nacirema reached age 15 or 16 on the Gregorian Calendar. This ritual involved several steps but ultimately permitted them to legally steer large machines on rows of asphalt, concrete, or dirt. These machines went at unprecedented speedsContinue reading “Other Strange Rituals of the Nacirema”

5 Comments about Benedict Anderson’s Notion of the “Imagined Community.”

While Benedict Anderson’s theory is important and interesting, it has limitations. For some limited background information on what we mean by “imagined community,” you can look at past blogs I have written here. Wikipedia also provides a good overview here of the book where he describes his theory.  1. What power does the “imagined community” haveContinue reading “5 Comments about Benedict Anderson’s Notion of the “Imagined Community.””

Representations of the Past and What You Can’t Un-know

As I was watching Beauty and the Beast (2017) this afternoon–the day of its release for at-home viewing–a thought occurred to me….  Beauty and the Beast is, of course, myth. Yet it has a time–roughly mid-18th century–and place–France. Like basically all such texts. The actors and actresses, of course, are all from 2017 and have embodied inContinue reading “Representations of the Past and What You Can’t Un-know”

The Queerness of Christian Theology

Long before I had theoretical or historical knowledge to fully articulate my idea, I always found many aspects of Christian theology to be either contradictory or unusual when recognizing the broader context. Let me explain with a specific example. Lots of thoughts below that some will find uncomfortable but that have been on my mind for years. Continue reading “The Queerness of Christian Theology”

Discussing Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and the Classroom with Dr. Tracy Butler – Interview Series #4

With this blog article, I am happy to bring you the next installment in my Interview Series. (There are many more to come!) In May, I talked with Dr. Tracy Butler about her teaching. Dr. Butler is a professor at the University of Houston and teaches in the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program andContinue reading “Discussing Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and the Classroom with Dr. Tracy Butler – Interview Series #4”