The author of this blog lives, loves, and teaches in San Diego. She believes the questions this blog poses do not have easy answers. However, she knows war is not the answer, corporatism is not the answer, militarized globalization is not the answer. She knows the sexual objectification of women is not the answer, that heteronormativity is not the answer, white privilege is not the answer, and patriarchy is not the answer.
As a professor, she highly values education and believes a populace that learns about the true history of our world (Howard Zinn style) and the true reality of our present (non-corporate owned media style) could go a long ways towards making the world a better place. As one of her favorite bumper stickers asks, she wonders why there is always money for war, but not for education.
She is interested in all the ‘isms’ that govern our world and how they intersect. She is against most (racism, sexism, militarism, classism, ageism, ableism) and for others (feminism, pacifisim, and certain strands of humanitarianism/humanism).
She has many faults (she can’t seem to cure herself of consumerism and has a particular weakness for shoes), and some strengths (she is great with the comma and is dedicated to doing her small part to make this a peace-lovin, woman-lovin, all colors, and genders, and sexualities, and bodies lovin planet). She loves theory (especially Judith Butler, Susan Bordo, and Jane Caputi) and literature (especially Toni Morrison, Margaret Atwood, Sarah Waters, and George Orwell).
She loves teaching and feels extremely privileged that she makes her living as a professor. She is happy to live in an internet age where she can blog to her heart’s delight but wishes people could get off their damn cell phones once in awhile.
She has two feminist children, one female dog, one female cat, and way too many clothes in her closet.
She is a film and television junkie and thinks DVR and Netflix are both fantabulous inventions. She refuses to text message and is not very MP3 savvy (or tech savvy in general).
If she knew she was going to be stuck on a desert island and could only pick one person from the Lost cast to join her, she would choose Kate. The one food she cannot live without is chocolate.