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These images are supposed to hearken back to Blackamoor images as decorative, but let’s look at what the term Blackamoor means: blackamoor (plural blackamoors) (degrading) A person with dark skin, especially (but not necessarily) one from northern Africa ?[quotations ?] a blackamoor slave, a blackamoor servant; and hence any slave, servant, inferior, or child ?[quotations […]


I’m a graduate of Chicago public schools. So is my husband. We’re old enough to remember the last time there was a strike. Here’s the thing about all the “Kids won’t learn as much” rhetoric. It’s only the second week of school. They aren’t missing a year at this point. It’s one day. And even […]


Check your BC, peeps!

Several brands of birth control pills are being recalled because they, uh, don’t work right. The brands included are: Cyclafem 7/7/7 Cyclafem 1/35 Emoquette Gildess FE 1.5/30 Gildess FE 1/20 Orsythia Previfem Tri-Previfem Basically, they’re labelled wrong, so you can still get pregnant even if you are taking them correctly. Jesus. I’m a little WTF […]


The UN declared September 8 International Literacy Day back in ’96 in order to celebrate the achievements of activists and new readers across the world. Because literacy is a broad concept mostly centered around critical thinking, literacy is positively linked to community health, maternal health, and family health. It’s also difficult to teach in an […]


My Osama bin Laden-free life appears no different than before. Except today I was a little more worried about coming into work. I live in NYC, my office is two blocks below Times Square, and I have to take the subway. The only bright side is that the city is on high alert today for […]


I don’t feel like putting on my diplomatic hat for this one. Unfiltered language ahoy. It’s come to my attention that British pols are upset that our president is saying nasty things about BP. In case you weren’t aware, BP stands for British Petroleum, and it’s one of the country’s biggest companies. Apparently a lot […]


So apparently this month is LGBT Pride Month. I therefore snagged this from ontd political which gives the info that it was first put together by students of Earlham College and then link-enhanced by the current poster. Do I need to mention the part where ‘phobic assholes of any kind will be summarily deleted and […]


(And feminist, and anti-classist, and pro-GLBTQI, and anti-ablist, and so on. It’s a human right.) Apologies for being so quiet lately, ya’ll. I’m up to my ears in writing books and writing grants to help me keep writing books and writing resumes to help me get the grants to help me keep writing books. But […]


Before we head on the the subject of Trans women athletes, lets go back for an update on Caster Semanya. At the beginning of this controversy, Tami asked the question What do women look like? You magazine answered Dressed Up. Madeup. Heels. Wearing stereotypically feminine clothes. Softened. Muscles carefully hidden under stereotypically feminine clothes. And […]


Personal disclosure: this guy is my first cousin. Which in no way invalidates what I’m saying below. OK, so like many of you I’ve done my share of “diversity workshops”. Which were mostly, I have to admit, pretty good — generally because they were long enough (several days) to dig deep; hands-on and interactive; integrated […]