playing straight: the haunting of the heteropatriarchy

I was nine years old when a babysitter I loved bought me a Good Charlotte CD with that song that goes like, Girls don’t like boys, girls like cars and money / Boys will laugh at girls when they’re not funny. At the time, my queerness was still just an otherness I hid from myself, and i hadn’t even bristled yet at how there were no … Continue reading playing straight: the haunting of the heteropatriarchy

dorothy allison & what she taught me about queer oral history

I’m a storyteller. I’ll work to make you believe me. Throw in some real stuff, change a few details, add the certainty of outrage. I know the use of fiction in a world of hard truth, the way fiction can be a harder piece of truth. The story of what happened, or what did not happen but should have – that story can become a curtain drawn shut, a piece of insulation, a disguise, a razor, a tool that changes every time it is used and sometimes becomes something other than we intended. The story becomes the thing needed. Continue reading dorothy allison & what she taught me about queer oral history

she’s an american studies major

I learned about how this country never stopped being a place where the very people responsible for America’s economic prosperity are called unwanted and blamed for its woes. I learned that here, inclusion means being incorporated into a racial hierarchy of otherness that maintains white supremacy above all else. However, I also learned that when “citizenship” is not enough, not a category of identity that … Continue reading she’s an american studies major

where i’m from

There are rich folk, there are poor folk, who imagine they are wise, And they’re very quick to shatter all the little family ties. But it’s bitterness they harvest, and it’s empty joy they find, For the children that are wisest are the stick-together kind. -Edgar Guest, 1917 Joel was driving through the downpour fast, his warm four-wheel drive confidently flying through sheets of water … Continue reading where i’m from