These are some of the things I write, observe, and believe. I write mostly about issues of gender, race, poverty, sexuality, and faith but also other extremely important things, like good documentaries and hilarious memes. I live in Chicago.
I am interested in the truth.
Previous blogs about faith, justice, and living in under-resourced neighborhoods can be found here.
Just a quick note to tell you I won’t be updating this blog anymore. Thanks so much for reading and responding over the past few years. This has been an incredibly helpful project to me and I hope you’ve enjoyed it as well. I look forward to dialoging with you in the future.
But, good news!
The project I created to complete my Master’s degree is a website to promote intersectionality and Feminist and queer theology within Evangelical Christian communities. It is a direct extension of the Your Very Own Gender Studies Degree section of this blog. My hope is that it can be used by anyone who is interested in doing so, not just religious folks. I hope you’ll check it out, use it, and/or pass it around. It’s also, of course, on Facebook. I will be writing a blog for that project.
We try to impose a narrative on everything where it doesn’t exist, because we like narrative,” she says, after I ask a general question about the arc of her career. “We love story—I particularly love story—and so we think, That was the beginning, and this is the middle, and then there’s going to be the conclusion. We even talk about it! Like, in magazines, they’ll say, ‘This next chapter of her life…’ Chapter? Like something ended, and you’re beginning something new, when really there’s just a continuum. The fact of the matter is, you can’t impose a narrative until someone’s dead, because you don’t know what’s going to happen.
There’s not an arc,” she goes on, “just a line that moves forward, without being able to see past the horizon. That’s my philosophy these days: I don’t try to go ahead of that, because there’s no sense in it. Ahead of that, you don’t know what’s going to happen. It’s not true. It’s not real. It’s imagined.
It’s Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month which, I guess, really means Shame Teenagers Into Thinking If They Get Pregnant They Can’t Do Anything With Their Lives and They’re All Stupid Month, and The Candies Foundation has just jumped right on board.
This is conflicting as most of the time, we’re being sold the narrative that motherhood is not only the most important job in the world, but that it’s a world-changing career. But I guess that’s not true if you’re young and in need of empowerment and support.
Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health has compiled a list of tips for supporting teenagers who do become pregnant. Check it out. It’s a far better alternative.
Documentary Recommendation 28. The Imposter. I’m sure people who know things about film get super annoyed when people like me who just watch a lot of films say things like, “and the cinematography was ssooo beautiful.” But that’s what I have to say about The Imposter so I will – the cinematography was beautiful as was the editing. The story, about a child who is abducted and them seemingly returns several years after the fact, is haunting and captivating. Watch it.