“The Thoughts of Six-Hundred Pounders”: Class, Ambition, and the Privilege to Err

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Is it irresponsible to tell young people to follow their bliss? Four weeks into the new semester, my classes are more crowded than ever before, as a changing economy sends more and more people desperate for new skills back to the community colleges for retraining. At the same time, middle-class parents who might once have been able to afford to pay for four years at university for their son or daughter now encourage their kids to spend two years at a far more affordable (if obscenely over-crowded) community college like my own Pasadena City College.

Time is Running Out for Troy Davis

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Earlier today, the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles denied clemency to Troy Davis, a man who has been imprisoned on death row since 1991, and has faced multiple execution dates. The death penalty has been in the news a lot in the United States recently, as it came up rather memorably and dramatically at the Republican debate, when the audience actively cheered at the number of executions in Texas. Rick Perry may sleep at night just fine after executing people who were in all probability innocent, but some of us are not as sanguine about the death penalty, and what is done in our names.

Geordie Tait’s open letter to his future daughter: the story of Alyssa Bereznak and the misogyny of the gaming community.

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I am a self-described geek and use to be a gamer. My brother and I use to have Warcraft inside jokes using character's phrases and inserting them appropriately in our lives. "Ready to work" from the Warcraft's peasants still sends me into fits of giggles. I admit as a geek I enjoyed being part of a community where gaming was a common bond.

am I an angry atheist?

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I read an entry on Godless Girl and it got me thinking. Am I pissed off at religion? Probably not to a very high degree, but I think I’m more annoyed than pissed. Pissed is a such a loaded word. A long time ago, my boyfriend asked me if I wanted to go to church only because his grandfather, who is now über religious wanted to get his grandson on it, too. I had the worst time in my whole life just from sitting there for a few hours. From then on I knew I was not up to following an organized religion and waste my Sundays in a building.

Studying Down: Thoughts on Sex Work, Steinem, and Self-representation

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I did not read Gloria Steinem’s article “I was a Playboy Bunny” in Women’s Studies 101, and as much as I would like to say that her ethnographic research inspired my own, this isn’t true. My research began the second semester of my second year at Antioch College. Prior to calling it “research,” it was just plain work.

A Pastor’s Daughter

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Emily’s nightmare began in February 2011 when her father, who was at the time undertaking a forty day fast, told her that he had seen in a vision, a revelation that his daughter had been fornicating and that she had fallen pregnant.

Men’s egos so fragile, the wrong friendships will lead to erectile dysfunction

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I know I have done something right in my life because I get to write headlines like the one above. I know there is something wrong with the world, because that headline is based on an actual study that suggests that when women are too buddy buddy with their beau’s bros, he can’t get it up. Her plutonic transgressions ruin their sex life!

More anti-Choice billboards targeting black men

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Anti-choice groups have not stopped at simply declaring abortion black genocide or the mass murder of Latino children, now we’ve moved on to shaming black men. New billboards have popped up in California with the words, “Fatherhood begins in the womb” with a black man and what appears to be his pregnant partner.

CFP: “Gender and the Legal Profession’s Pipeline to Power,” April 12-13, 2012

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From our colleagues at Michigan State, this CFP:

A Day in the Life of a Web Cam Model

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Camera ready. Lights on. Pink mesh top and matching thong loosely tied. I smile and sweetly greet my morning customers with bright eyes. I'm a web cam model four days a week.

Beauty and its discontents at Good Men Project

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It’s beauty week at the Good Men Project. Founder Tom Matlack has a piece asking Are Women Addicted to Beauty? Editor Lisa Hickey answers at least partly in the affirmative with her powerful Chasing Beauty: An Addict’s Memoir. My take is almost predictable, I suppose: Her Looks, Your Status: Why Men’s Claims Not to Care About Beauty Ring Hollow. Excerpt:

DOJ says Governor Rick Perry’s redistricting violates Voting Rights Act

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Yesterday, the Department of Justice wrote in a filing Texas’ redistricting map violates Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act. The redistricting maps were approved by 2012 presidential candidate Texas Governor Rick Perry. Because of the burgeoning Hispanic population in the state Texas will gain as many as four new House seats. The fear is that even though the number of Hispanics has increased significantly between the 2000 census and the 2010 census, when it comes to voting they are at a disadvantage. Between 2000 and 2010 the state of Texas added approximately 4.3 million residents, 65% of which came from Hispanics.

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