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How Do You Gender?

Operational Definitions: Sex is biological. This is your DNA, your genitalia, and any physiological marker of male and female. Gender is socially constructed (Berger 1967). This is a fluid construct that can change over time and context. It is your behavior at any given moment. A century ago, it was proper for a “man” to… Continue reading How Do You Gender?

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The Trouble with Labels

Have you ever had a hard time explaining yourself to other people? How about when the options you have to describe yourself become limited? Any job application or survey which asks your race or gender becomes quickly confusing when you do not see your identity listed. Try telling someone your political party or religious affiliation… Continue reading The Trouble with Labels

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The Obesity Offense

I'm tired of suffering under the oppression of being fat. Obesity is socially constructed, and sometimes a person can carry around some extra weight and still be healthy. I used to watch the World’s Strongest Man competitions. While most of those guys lack washboard abs, they are strong enough to dead lift two young women… Continue reading The Obesity Offense

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What is “Bad” Language?

Let us start with the idea of what vulgar language is. It is a social construction which I have never quite been able to comprehend. What makes a word like bitch, which means “female dog” less appropriate than calling someone a harlot, which is an actual human being who sells their sexual power for money?… Continue reading What is “Bad” Language?

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The “Race” is Over.

Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder’s now infamous statement on race relations in America is now more true and relevant than ever. “In things racial, we have always been and we, I believe, continue to be, in too many ways, essentially, a nation of cowards.” The recent string of police shootings has sparked national outrage… Continue reading The “Race” is Over.

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If I was President (Education Policy)

Our education system here in America has become atrocious. Our children are growing into ignorant adults. Not only do they lack basic math, science, and English skills, but they are falling short on social skills and critical thinking. Classrooms have abandoned learning for test taking. There are many reasons for this, and I would like… Continue reading If I was President (Education Policy)