Bill Maher’s Infantile Citizenship

This is the ethos of Maher’s show. It exploits the ahistorical fantasies of freedom for its effects at cohering together the fantasy of “real” America. It treats audiences as infantile citizens by using the iconicity of otherwise important aspects of American constitutional life to reroute audience’s memories and attention away from everyday suffering.

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Feminism and Dying: Reading Sedgwick Part One

Part One: Finding A Voice My writing is difficult. “B,” I’ve heard people say. “If only you wrote what you just said, exactly how you said it, instead of the way it was written--I would have understood you.” Really? I meant the same fucking thing in the same fucking grammatical ways, just with different symbols … Continue reading Feminism and Dying: Reading Sedgwick Part One

Commodifying Epistemic Practices: Race, Gender, and Dialogue

I will try to keep this entry brief, since so much of it can come across as mansplaining (which is really just cis-splaining—but I’ll save that for another day). It’s in reaction to several blog posts concerning appropriation and expropriation of black femininity by cis gay men (I’m assuming the Time piece was referring to … Continue reading Commodifying Epistemic Practices: Race, Gender, and Dialogue