Orly

I know I’m not the only one who has noticed Orly Taitz’s humorous resemblance to the Orly Owl. Still I couldn’t resist pointing it out again since it definitely bears repeating. In honor of my astounding powers of perception, I have made my very first “Orly Taitz Orly Owl” which you can see below!

Another Reason to Like Hillary

Nonverbal communication expresses power and dominance. In public, professional settings, who gets to touch whom and the nature of that touch plays out and defines gender relations. Because it’s typically subtle, people are often unaware of this dynamic. When it’s more obvious, those who are in the “one down” position see it clearly and those in the position of power…

Cultural Identity Activity

Since teaching at my current institution I have struggled with introducing issues of racism and other identity categories into the classroom. Given the diversity of the campus population, I’m not sure why. As I posted previously, the responses to racial topics are completely unpredictable. Last semester, for instance,  my students claimed that black people really do like fried chicken. Although…

Black Doll, White Doll

Today in class I showed a clip from A Girl Like Me, a documentary made by a 17 year old young woman who revisits the Black Doll, White Doll test. The test asks black children to choose between a white doll and a black doll, asking questions such as “which doll is the prettiest” (they pick the white doll),  “which…

Things I miss about Tampa

We’re driving home to Baton Rouge from our vacation in Tampa. I’m blogging from a wi-fi hotspot generated by my husband’s Palm Pre. Awesome.  We waited in a traffic jam outside of Gainsville for almost an hour. An 18-wheeler jack-knifed across two lanes. So, I’m sitting here in the car thinking about what I miss about Tampa, a place I…