In light of the racist responses to Nina Davuluri's crowning as Miss America, I decided to say a little bit about the hang ups people have surrounding questions of nationality. Most of the time when people ask, "What's your nationality?" they probably don't know what they're asking, and they really want to know about someone's … Continue reading Miss America, President Obama, and Me
I'm currently writing my first book under the working title, Thinking the Unknown, which exposes how an epistemology of ignorance shapes what we think we know about sex, gender, and sexuality. The concept of an epistemology of ignorance is obviously very important to my philosophy (I mean, I did one of my most popular videos on it … Continue reading Thinking the Unknown
Thanks to social media I heard about Zimmerman's acquittal within minutes of it happening, and just a few minutes later, after sharing the news with a friend, I told him, "I'm not going to write about this." On one hand, I hadn't been following the trial closely enough to thoughtfully comment on the verdict alone. … Continue reading Confessions of a White Feminist: The All-Lady Jury Was Right (and That Totally Sucks)
One of my favorite things about studying philosophy is that the practice of critical thinking and argumentative analysis develops one's skills in thinking outside of the box. It helps one see how one idea connects to another, how one assumption leads to a certain conclusion, and in life, it helps us better understand how and … Continue reading Why Truth?:Thinking Outside of the Box
I've been in Atlanta for the Advancing Public Philosophy Conference over the past few days, which led to many rich conversations, even more introductions to interesting people, and a whole storm of ideas that are pulsing through my head and filling the pages in my journal. It also led to the first Think for a … Continue reading Want Transformation? Think for a Change.
“One has to learn to trust one’s own cognitive powers, to develop one’s own concepts, insights, modes of explanation, overarching theories, and to oppose the epistemic hegemony of conceptual frameworks designed in part to thwart and suppress the exploration of such matters; one has to think against the grain.” -Charles Mills, The Racial Contract According … Continue reading “You’re Not a Rapist if it’s Not Rape”