The Tenacity of Hate

Thanks to the University Press of Kansas for inviting me to contribute to their blog series. I appreciated the opportunity to think more deeply about a question that continues to draw me in: How do we love and hate at the same time? This kind of thinking never gets done alone, and so I want... Continue Reading →

Quick Ideas for “Work-Life Balance”

Mostly, I think efforts on "Work-Life Balance" are stupid. Or, rather, deflective. They tend to be pitched to women (because men, in general, are doing less in terms of their "life"--less housework, less childrearing, less emotional labor, and less work at maintaining their appearance), and they are blamed for finding the arbitrary demand to work a... Continue Reading →

Things Donald Trump Has Ruined for Me

Donald Trump can be rightly blamed for ruining or attempting to ruin a lot of important things: trust in the Electoral College, public education, the environment, health care, free speech, women's lives. They are all far more important than my personal complaints, but, on this Presidents Day (a holiday that I once loved out of... Continue Reading →

Follow-Up to Weber State Brown Bag

Content alert: religiously-justified violence against and neglect of children Thanks to the Weber State University Sociology and Anthropology Department for inviting me to speak at a brown bag event recently, focusing on family life and children and youth in Westboro Baptist Church. The students were eager listeners who asked great questions. At the time of... Continue Reading →

UPK Meet-the-Author

University Press of Kansas has been great to work throughout the process of bringing God Hates: Westboro Baptist Church, American Nationalism, and the Religious Right to publication. Today, they've featured me in a meet-the-author profile. Thanks to Derek Helms for a great conversation about how my undergraduate years in central Pennsylvania helped prepare me to work with right... Continue Reading →

Oxford’s new Introduction to WGSS is out!

I'm so happy to have an essay appear alongside work by my KU friends Hannah Britton, DaMaris Hill, and Liam Lair--plus contributions by  Audre Lorde, Angela Davis, bell hooks, Marilyn Frye, CJ Pascoe, Sojourner Truth, Ida B. Wells, Gloria Anzaldúa, Gloria Steinem, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Gorilla Girl, Bikini Kill, Rosamarie Garland-Thomson, and dozens of other fantastic authors... Continue Reading →

Franklin Graham, Stop Being a Coward

Franklin Graham, son of evangelist Billy Graham and founder of Samaritan's Purse, an evangelical relief agency serving children worldwide, was an early Trump fan and a proponent of the Muslim ban. When asked this past weekend how he could square the mission of Samaritan's Purse with a refusal to allow Syrian refugees to come to the US,... Continue Reading →

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