Back in the 80s, I was in a Women’s Studies class when I had a revelation. The professor announced that a well-known feminist had uttered treacherous words, asserting women could “get over” rape. Pandemonium, complete with shrieking and wailing, made its way around the lecture hall like a stadium wave. I remember sitting quietly and … Continue reading The Spectacles of #MeToo
When I was a less experienced teacher, I made a big mistake. Students were composing essays in a computer lab, and one young man thought he would be clever. Instead of writing, he spent his time shopping for an online essay. A flash of his parents’ gold card near the end of the class is … Continue reading The Dishonesty of #MeToo and the #Canlit Scene
This updated article was originally published in December of 2016. Shortly afterward, I was contacted by a verified and reluctant participant in the scandal. That contact revealed MC's name, which I have removed for reasons I am not at liberty to state here. On a frigid night a few years ago, a friend dragged me to … Continue reading The Curious Case of Steven Galloway
Years ago, in a four-plex owned by my mother, I heard a baby's cries coming from a ground-floor unit. I was doing maintenance nearby, patching walls and taping baseboards in preparation for painting. When the cries became worrisome, I knocked on the door, twice. No answer, but the cries worsened. I got out my keys … Continue reading Does the Academy Devalue Children?
When it comes to the infamous Google memo, I don’t have much data to add; I’m not a scientist. How I do qualify to comment is that I'm a woman who's been in the workforce for over 40 years. Although I initially believed workplace sexism was an unpleasant norm--one whose burden fell squarely on women--that … Continue reading Women, the Google Memo and Me