Let’s Talk About Sex Work

Conner Habib thread on Maggie Jones’ New York Times Magazine article and other recent threats to erotica (twitter.com) Do Trump’s alleged affairs even matter? (Washington Post) For all that I understand the appeal of this whole Stormy Daniels thing to a lot of people — salacious “sex scandals” will always attract eyes and ears, even more so when they can be juxtaposed against a political group that still ties itself so closely to what it calls “family values” — I’m not comfortable with how much attention…

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If They Won’t, We Will

DeVos’s Education Dept. Officially Abandons Trans Students (The Advocate) When Americans venerate the founding of our country, the story of how we got our three branches of federal government tends to be pretty high up on the list. Instead of agreeing to become the first monarch of post-revolutionary America, George Washington instead pushed for a system of governance with co-equal branches — the executive, the legislative and the judicial — that would hold checks over one another, in order to prevent the kinds of tyranny…

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Hypothetical Potato

Read the Nunes Memo (New York Times via msn.com) For all the hype, Nunes memo delivers sad trombone for Trump (The Rachel Maddow Show) GOP Memo Escalates Clash Over Russia Probe (The Wall Street Journal) Nunes: Fine, the FBI Didn’t Lie, But Its Font Was Too Small (New York Magazine) I often wonder just how influential Stephen Colbert giving a name to the concept of “truthiness” on the first episode of The Colbert Report was, both at the time it aired and all these years later.…

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The Sweet Spot of (Intellectual) Stimulation

‘We’re sex workers and we vote’: Women’s March event shines light on a marginalized group (yahoo.com) I released my second book of classroom exercises, 50 Critical Thinking Exercises for Humanities Classes 2, a few days ago. As with the first book in the series, it’s an extension of my efforts to find ways to reach modern students, to stimulate their minds and get them to think about a variety of issues from various perspectives, to help them develop the critical thinking skills that will help…

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Holding On to Dreams

Dolores O’Riordan, the Cranberries Singer, Dead at 46 (Rolling Stone) Kurt Cobain’s body was discovered on the final Friday of my last spring break in high school. I can still remember waking up late that afternoon (it was spring break, after all), and turning on MTV when they were supposed to be airing their daily top ten video countdown. They were in the middle of Nirvana’s Unplugged performance of David Bowie’s “The Man Who Sold the World,” which was certainly a great song and video, but…

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