Gamergate and the Inadequacy of Twitter


(Originally posted on Tumblr)

I wasn’t sure which blog to use for this. Typically I use my WordPress version of HoA but somehow tumblr seemed more appropriate. I had a little fun this morning trolling gamergaters. The brouhaha over Chris Evans and Jeremy Rennner’s untoward comments about Black Widow, comments they have apologized for (Renner’s problematic one not withstanding) was met with the expected outrage from these guys. Continue reading

None of Us


I was just scrolling through my Facebook (I really need to get out more) when I came across a headline about Hillary Clinton’s net worth. Full disclosure: I did not read the article. The headline itself implied something untoward about her income, as if making money was suddenly taboo to the opposing party, a party that has branded itself as friendly to the wealthy. Do not mistake me, I am not defending Mrs. Clinton. I have taken issue, and will continue to take issue, with her coronation by the media as the presumptive Democratic candidate a year and a half before the conventions. I just find the focus on her finances puzzling. Continue reading

New Poem: Because I Would


I have given up on calling these Poetry Month posts. I have obviously dropped the ball this year. Hopefully I will do better next year. Regardless I have to do better about just sitting down and writing, no matter how I feel. If I am feeling angry, I should just let the writing take care of it for me.
Speaking of feeling angry, I could spill syllable after syllable, paragraph after paragraph and incalculable bandwidth explaining why black men and women are killed by the rest of us. I could but I will boil it down to the simple psychological theory of transference. If you don’t already get what I mean, I will let the poem explain it for you. Continue reading

And it Begins

Former U.S. Secretary of State Clinton speaks during the unveiling of "No Ceilings" and the "Not There Yet: A Data Driven Analysis of Gender Equality study" in New York

We knew it was coming. It was as inevitable as entropy and half as comforting. Hillary Clinton has thrown her hat into the ring again, and of course all the familiar voices are chiming in. On the so called Right you have the apoplectic pundits retching their disapproval in comical theatrics (seriously, I don’t think I ever laughed as hard at a New York Post front page.) Among “liberal” Democrats you have those already getting fitted for their Hillary Clinton cheerleader costumes well before any other Democrat has declared their run for the nomination. The media has, without coming out and actually saying so, already declared her the winner, so why should anyone else run? Continue reading

Poetry Month Part 5: My Ghillie Suit


Not to be too self deprecating but I often feel I am what some of the crueler trans women who pass very well call a “brick.” I know my appearance is very masculine no matter how much I try. Overweight, broad shoulders and a variety of other complaints make passing hard. Still I try because that is what I am supposed to do. It is what I want to do too, but it would be nice if I did not feel so awful for not doing it as well as I would like. Continue reading

Poetry Month Part 4: Burying Mom Alive


I have a sort of innate disdain for trendy “environmentalism:” the million little things we tell the powerless they have to do to save the world rather than really examine the systems in place keeping us on the road to environmental disaster. That said a little reflection on what we do, how we do it, and how we can contribute to both the solution and the problem would be nice. Also, not a Gaea hypotheses type, but damn it makes for a nice title. Continue reading