…if I really reflect on how I, a Latina from Las Vegas, was able to become a scientist at an elite university, it wasn’t my own curiosity. It was the influence of a blackjack dealer who also happens to be my mother.
May 10 is Mother’s Day in Mexico and Guatemala. I don’t have children, but I have had the opportunity to support some truly amazing young people. I was surprised and grateful that they made a point of recognizing me, on campus and on skype.
I am blessed. Not only do I have the best job in the world, but I get to see what these amazing souls do with the rest of their lives.
My history professor asked who we wanted to have as the next pope and I chimed in Oprah and my prof just stands there laughing for a solid minute before he whispers
Happy May Day — see you on the streets!
Oregonians: Let’s celebrate SB833’s passage and urge Kitzhaber to sign the bill into law that will restore driver’s licenses
When Someone Says, “You only teach [three] classes? What do you do all day?”
I speak out of direct and particular anger at an academic conference, and a white woman says, “Tell me how you feel but don’t say it too harshly or I cannot hear you.” But is it my manner that keeps her from hearing, or the threat of a message that her life may change?
Here Megan Ybarra, Assistant Professor of Politics, Latin American Studies, and American Ethnic Studies at Willamette University, talks about her paper “You Cannot Measure a Tzuultaq’a”: Cultural Politics at the Limits of Liberal Legibility, which was published this week in Antipode 45(3).
I have not yet unlearned the esoteric bullshit and pseudo intellectualizing that school brainwashed into my writing
I had the pleasure of seeing Mona Eltahawy through the World Affairs Council in PDX this week. She covered such a wide range of topics that I did get lost a little bit. There were two great things she accomplished:
She posited a “double revolution,” one that not only seeks democracy (instead of totalitarianism, Islamic extremism, or both) but also seeks a true democracy — in other words, feminist democracy. Patiently but unapologetically, she explained that she is drawing on a history of feminism that begins with Khadijah, the first Muslim.
When the Q&A period asked her about how the US’s first female president might be inspirational for the Arab Spring, she carefully corrected ethnocentrism. First, she noted that having a female US president does not matter if she continues to support misogynistic regimes in the Middle East. Instead, she pointed to other countries that already have female heads of state (I can’t believe they didn’t wait for us!!) who are feminist. For example, Angela Merkel already made European funding dependent on rescinding misogynistic policies. Eltahawy praised this policy, without claiming that women in the Arab Spring need look elsewhere for inspiration.