...women all over the country, quite possibly outraged by the ascension of the Groper in Chief to the highest office in the country, are coming forward with their stories. Taking down Harvey Weinstein seems to be the catalyst for a national, cultural lesson in patriarchy and male privilege.
Now, with President Trump as the role model, there's no reason to think that his success will be interpreted as anything less than an invitation for the Monstrous Deplorables to act on their hatred.
HOW OBJECTIFYING DISCOURSE LEADS TO SEXUAL ASSAULT If the Locker Room Talk Scandal has done nothing else, it has put a spotlight on the way men talk when they don't believe they are being heard and how what might be private words can translate into public actions. It's also forced men, honest men at least,... Continue Reading →
HOW TO EMBRACE PERSONAL BEAUTY AND REJECT COMMODIFICATION When I teach my class on body image and the media I break up the lecture by asking, "what is beauty?" At first, this question seems to be a common sense notion. After all, everyone knows what beauty is. It's... Well, it's...you know... Sociologists are forever at... Continue Reading →
WHAT IS BEING REVEALED BY THE DEBATE ON TRANSGENDER RIGHTS It's easy to get distracted by the Great Transgender Bathroom debate. However, it's important to understand that the legislation in question goes far beyond public restroom and locker room policy. The North Carolina state law, HB2 not only nullifies Charlotte's ordinance protecting transgender people using... Continue Reading →
AND I'M TAKING A STAND! One of the most sociologically interesting characters created by the Saturday Night Live team is the androgynous Pat. This character is totally bereft fo gendered characteristics, either physically or socially. It is, therefore, impossible to categorize Pat as being a man, or a woman. This causes a great deal of tension for... Continue Reading →
"ANTI-ABORTION" IS ABOUT CONTROLLING FEMALE SEXUALITY It is my thesis that the rampant Trumpaphobia among the right-wing establishment has little to do with the Donald's actual policy positions. For the most part, his policy positions align with those of the conservative movement in general. In other words, Trump is a stalwart defender of the corporatocracy.... Continue Reading →