Language of Patriarchy, Part 1

The language of patriarchy is distinct, unmistakable, and thus, most importantly, recognizable. Patriarchal language reveres and enshrines double-talk, spin, lies, vitriol, deceit, and deception. Patriarchal language shows itself by being itself: demeaning, debasing, hateful, angry, vulgar, ugly, racist, violent, taunting, controlling, bullying, objectifying, tyrannical, vile, … continue reading »

Stitching Together My Own Female History

o continue our mutual celebration of Women’s History month, in today’s post I’m sharing a particular portion of my own family’s female history. One pair of my great-grandparents through my mother’s line were Finnish. Another pair of great-grandparents through my father’s line were Hungarian.

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The Hunger Games, Myth & the Minotaur

ecause The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2—the last movie installment of Suzanne Collins’ popular trilogy—is now in theaters, I want remind readers and watchers that Collins states that the basis of her novels comes from the combination of a particular ancient Greek (or Mycenaean) myth, … continue reading »

Public Storytelling Awards: the Oscars

he New Year is gliding right along, building up days like snowflakes on a drift, (or around here, like raindrops building up rivers).  For our American entertainment industry, the New Year always brings the Great Celebrations of the Male: football play-offs and Oscar nominations/awards ceremony. … continue reading »