Tuesday, August 17, 2010


I have a lot of stuff to post about. But right now I'm really busy and emotionally absorbed elsewhere and not in the mood to post. But just to keep you from giving up on me altogether, here are some of the things cookin' in my head:
  1. My grandpa (the molester) just died (not unexpectedly) and I've been quietly exploring the complex range of emotions that go along with that. It's something we rarely talk about or acknowledge, but when your abuser is a member of your family, there are all these implications stretched over the course of years. I've got something to say about that. Soon.
  2. I'm thinking about the cultural mythology surrounding obesity in our medical/health related pop culture. This seems to me like an instance of misinformation become unquestionable dogma, and that dynamic is always interesting.
  3. I'm thinking about food production and gender norms and how these are shaped by economic systems and what the implications are on family/community cohesion and personal freedom. This one might take awhile.
In the meantime, ponder the Halloween baby/toddler t-shirts offered by a certain large retailer this year. Note how the female-gendered ones involve manipulative social relations ("Mommy's wrapped around my finger" and "Daddy's under my spell") while the male-gendered ones feature space explorers and monsters and demands for candy. Business as usual...


  1. Anonymous8/17/2010

    My thoughts are with you as you sort all this out. Peace.

  2. Shanigan8/18/2010

    That is a lot to ponder. And the shirts are soooo predictable. Halloween makes me cringe.

  3. I totally understand you. I have recently created a blog to talk about humor and jokes and how offensive they can be, specially to women. Sometimes I have so many things to talk about, and such things really get me. It can be really painful. Lots of emotions can get invoved when we think about our condition.

  4. Anonymous8/22/2010

    And on the topic of Halloween and gender: http://www.amazon.com/Kids-Mac-Daddy-Pimp-Costume/dp/B000H8KVHC