Big Bladder is Being Watched

[The following blog contains mentions of child abuse.] “I was beginning to think Foucault’s writings on the ‘disciplinary society’ were becoming irrelevant …” (Tweet from Josh Seim)‘I think my bladder changed’: Former teacher describes years without bathroom breaks (Yahoo!) At one of my first adjunct teaching jobs after I got my graduate degree, there was another instructor who was often in the teachers’ lounge at the same time I was, and we did not get along with each other at all. I had a number…

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Write This Down

The assignment books they sold at the abattoir of a “school” I went to were about as big as a pack of notebook paper. Given how much homework we were all assigned there, those assignment books were kind of a necessity, and I don’t like remembering how many late nights I had to spend crossing every item out of each daily column in those books one-by-one. I couldn’t find those assignment books when I went off to college, so I bought smaller ones that I…

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Failing to Protect the Most Vulnerable

The word “imprint” is often used by kinksters to describe a scene from popular media depicting some kind of activity that can be fetishised — a criminal being flogged in a movie, or a woman getting bound and gagged while she’s being kidnapped on a television show — that left such a strong impression on someone that it can be seen, in retrospect, as what led someone into exploring kinks and fetishes. This past Friday, one of the television shows that led many people of…

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We Must Catch Them When They Fall

[The following blog contains mentions of bullying, child abuse and spousal abuse.] One of the most formative moments of my young life came when I was on a week-long school trip to a campground in Michigan in sixth grade. At a time when my father’s physical abuse of me and Mom was at its peak, I still really didn’t want to go on this trip because I couldn’t healthily deal with most of my classmates. Making matters worse was that as part of the “fun”…

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The Last Worst-Case Scenario

Historic Hurricane Dorian unleashing ‘catastrophic’ blow in northern Bahamas, hurricane warnings posted for Florida’s east coast (Washington Post)UN Climate Panel: Emissions Must Fall Rapidly by 2030 to Prevent Catastrophic Climate Change (ecowatch.com) A little over a year ago, when I woke up to an email telling me that I’d been offered this full-time teaching position here in Wisconsin, I had to read it through three times to make sure that I was understanding it correctly. To say that I’d cast a wide net in my…

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