Public Speaking Karma Rawks!

After a challenging semester of public speaking in the fall, I have learned that faith sometimes gets rewarded. This semester my public speaking class is simply awsum! There is no other way to describe it. EVERY SINGLE STUDENT was ready to give speeches today. I noticed early on that our discussions are great, the students are responsive in class, things…

Link-o-mania – More to Read

1. Our avatars, our projected selves — A Jezebel bit about how men respond to female avatars and a discussion of racism and sexism in Second Life. Rather predictable, but still something to talk about. I do find humorous the mistake made regarding the percentage of sexual content in SL. A blogger inaccurately cites another writer’s claim that 40 percent…

Pornification

Recently on WMST-L, the Women’s Studies discussion list, someone posted a call for papers about porn culture. The call was clearly anti-porn and the posting provoked a brief but rapid  pro-/anti-porn debate before the moderator shut it down for being inappropriate to the mission of the list. Those old issues from the feminist sex wars still prickle at us feminists…

A Splendora Tale

I spent my high school years in a small Texas town named Splendora. Splendora, Texas. You have to say it that way when you refer to a small town in Texas. The whole thing, town and state. Humble, Texas. Conroe, Texas. I don’t know why, you just have to. Moving to Texas from New York City was a traumatic thing…

Link-o-mania – Post-Superbowl Wrapup

1. Women’s Last Stand: Dodge Charger Commercial Spoof – The superbowl commercial was offensive and I’m glad someone made this spoof. As a spoof it’s rather humorless with one or two exceptions, but the point is well made. 2. Blaise Aguera y Arcas demos augmented-reality maps at TED — Augmented reality is the main reason I got my Droid. I…