I am an alcoholic. I could blame growing up a closeted transgender youth in a severely conservative religious environment. I could blame the fact that for much of my life I have suffered from chronic depression. I could blame any number of people or situations that I have found myself placed in over the years. But this wouldn’t solve anything.
Purity culture insists on the enforcement of rigid gender roles; this enforcement bestows on women and men specific responsibilities. This post will focus on three primary areas of responsibility: virginity, relationships, and marriage. Virginity While the concept of virginity is socially constructed and heteronormative, excluding the myriad of ways people have sex, it is still an […]
As I listened to Chimamanda Adichie talk about the danger of the single story, I wondered about the single story of Asian Americans.
Many of the most inspiring environmental movements of the last 50 years started among marginalised communities in developing countries. But despite these, many well-meaning Westerners still view poor people in developing countries primarily as potential threats to the environment.
There’s a girl I keep thinking about. I’ve met her several times out on the track; I’ll call her “Red.” I can’t get Red out of my head because of how defeated she is. And how helpless I feel to assist her in any way, to give her hope or to make a difference in […]
“Colored.” Where did she hear that word? That’s not how we talk in our house.