The Risky Business of Silence #NaBloPoMo.

30 Day Blog Challenge, Feminist Thought, Personal Narrative, Sexual Violence
I have come to believe over and over again that what is most important to me must be spoken, made verbal and shared, even at the risk of having it bruised or misunderstood. That speaking profits me, beyond any other effect. ~Audre Lorde For years I’ve carried a story untold. Two decades. Thank goddess I finally realized the untelling was its own telling; my silence its own story. Like an ill-trained architect, my silence designed a life that might not have been. And I suppose it had my permission – my silence was consent. But as of late I have been telling the story, rereading it and writing a new ending…building a brand new life. Silence wasn’t a strategy. Not a conscious one, in any event. I didn’t know I…
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A Request

Feminist Thought, Personal Narrative
You are not an impostor and you are not alone. This, despite any feelings or supposed evidence you may have to the contrary. I wish someone had shared this with me before I started graduate school. I wish it had been the hook of a song I was required to sing each morning upon waking. I wish I had repeated it, hand over heart, at the beginning of each class period; a pledge and a reminder. As it was, I didn't figure these things out until quite near the end of it all, after many days (years) of wondering what the hell I was doing there. Really. A former student of mine solicited advice on finishing up away from peers and profs. It's a good question. There's enough isolation during…
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Today in Women…

Feminist Thought, Politics, News & Notable
Today, two articles about women captured my attention for a good portion of the day. I share them here with little commentary, as in both cases, the content speaks for itself. The first piece is Ashley Judd's blistering critique of patriarchy and women's and men's complicity in upholding it. In it, she thoughtfully problematizes the media's portrayal of women. It is fierce and awesome and bookmarked in my Diigo account  for future reference. The Conversation about women’s bodies exists largely outside of us, while it is also directed at (and marketed to) us, and used to define and control us. The Conversation about women happens everywhere, publicly and privately. We are described and detailed, our faces and bodies analyzed and picked apart, our worth ascertained and ascribed based on the…
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A New Conceptual Framework

Feminist Thought, Personal Narrative
[caption id="attachment_112" align="alignleft" width="300"] SGI young women's study group bon voyage gathering.[/caption] It's time for me to go back to the literature again. It's not for a class paper (yay) or my dissertation (done); rather, it's for me. I have many ideas swirling around for research and teaching, and (no surprise) most of them are not directly connected to what I've spent the past three years reading/writing/thinking about. I've never taken a women's studies class, but I'm feeling as though it may be time to audit one. I'd like to read, write and teach at the intersection of women (18-35), literacy, narrative/story, and human revolution. I wonder how good UGA's digital library collection is...
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