Nolite te bastardes carborondurum: A Maternal Reading of The Handmaid’s Tale

In anticipation of the forthcoming Hulu dramatization, I reread Margaret Atwood’s iconic dystopian, feminist text, The Handmaid’s Tale.  Well, only sort of. I have a lot less time and a lot more toddler in my life than I did when I first read the book twelve years ago.  This time, I listened to the unabridged audiobook.… Read More Nolite te bastardes carborondurum: A Maternal Reading of The Handmaid’s Tale

The Politics of the Papacy: thoughts on Pope Francis

I am not a fan of the Catholic church. Between their sketchy history of protecting sex offenders who also happen to be priests, and their stubborn insistence on clinging to comically outdated, hardly helpful dogmatic interpretations of god’s thoughts on abortion, gay people, women, birth control, I pretty much ignore whatever comes out of the… Read More The Politics of the Papacy: thoughts on Pope Francis

Steve Biko on Allies: Reflections on Masculinity Work

Two weeks ago, I attended an engaging discussion on gender-based violence and what is involved in the work of stopping it. At this event, one of the panelists raised the issue of masculinity work as a crucial part of this. I was intrigued: whilst this is not my first time at the masculinity rodeo, per… Read More Steve Biko on Allies: Reflections on Masculinity Work

Inventing Your Life’s Meaning: Advice from a cartoonist

Images by Gavin Aung Than, Words by Bill Watterson, borrowed from zenpencils.com  My husband sent me this cartoon by Gavin Aung Than.  It’s been going around for the last few days but I only managed to get round to reading it today.  Than beautifully illustrates a speech given by Bill Watterson, the legend behind Calvin… Read More Inventing Your Life’s Meaning: Advice from a cartoonist