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“The lake looked like a poem today.” –Allison Gruber (pic Gruber)

There was a time when I wrote poetry pretty much  daily, those days have gone away. I think the last sustained real writing that I did was back in 2010 or 2011, when I did a poem-a-day during April. Since then, my writing has been almost entirely soccer related…or these ridiculously unreadable blog posts.

However, an actually talented poet–Dena Rash Guzman–invited me to InkNode, a platform for writers to share work. Sometimes it only takes a push to get things going. Today I dug out an old poem, re-titled it, and threw it up. A small move that hopefully leads to more substantial content.

http://www.inknode.com/piece/2554-daniel-casey-unawake

Altering Vegan Food for Normal People

Once again, I present you with recipes. The food I’ve been making lately has been more than a little bit vegetarian and, more often than I would like, vegan. Here’s the thing though, I tend to take the vegetarian/vegan recipes and make them for normal people. Simple fact is, I’ve lived my whole life eating garbage. Typically, it’s expensive garbage (at least, over the long term). As a piece-of-shit nearly 40 year-old, I can’t keep eating like a 20 year-old. Fortunately, as a house spouse I have nothing but time to make something that doesn’t taste like paste and is easy to throw together.

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“I’m Not a Feminist, But . . .”: Marxist and Socialist Feminism

Originally posted on The Bookshelf of Emily J.:

We hear people say this all of the time, and yet they often go on to express “feminist” ideas and could identify as a feminist. There are many reasons why people distance themselves from the feminist movement. I can’t possibly explain or guess them all. But I can explain the different types of feminism according to Rosemarie Tong’s book Feminist Thought: A More Comprehensive Introduction (2009). There are many types of feminism, and we know that “all feminists do not think alike” (p. 1). However, labeling different schools of thought help us to “mark the range of different approaches, perspectives, and frameworks a variety of feminists have used to shape both their explanations for women’s oppression and their proposed solutions for its elimination” (p. 1).

This series will outline and define the many feminisms. Maybe you’ll be able to identify where you agree and disagree with feminist thought.

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Today’s focus…

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“I’m Not a Feminist, But . . .”: Radical Feminism

Originally posted on The Bookshelf of Emily J.:

We hear people say this all of the time, and yet they often go on to express “feminist” ideas and could identify as a feminist. There are many reasons why people distance themselves from the feminist movement. I can’t possibly explain or guess them all. But I can explain the different types of feminism according to Rosemarie Tong’s book Feminist Thought: A More Comprehensive Introduction (2009). There are many types of feminism, and we know that “all feminists do not think alike” (p. 1). However, labeling different schools of thought help us to “mark the range of different approaches, perspectives, and frameworks a variety of feminists have used to shape both their explanations for women’s oppression and their proposed solutions for its elimination” (p. 1).

This series will outline and define the many feminisms. Maybe you’ll be able to identify where you agree and disagree with feminist thought.

feminist thought cover

Today’s focus…

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Feminist Frequency is just truth-telling, says Joss Whedon

Originally posted on The Stake:

The work of Anita Sarkeesian and her project, Feminist Frequency, has always been controversial. To some at least. Sarkeesian has been on the receiving end of the worst venom the internet can produce. Everything from mockery to rape and death threats have been directed at her, on and off-line, because of her feminist critiquing of cultural properties (she discussed this treatment in a TED Talk).

Yet Sarkeesian has continued. Her current video series, called Tropes vs. Women in Video Games is funded by a highly successful Kickstarter Campaign. Her videos are strong pieces of criticism. She states throughout her work that critiquing one part of video games (misogyny) is not an indictment of every aspect of gaming. Her videos follow a simple formula, laying out the basis of her criticism early, and spending a lot of time with examples of misogyny to strengthen her argument.

After viewing her work, it’s difficult to see a…

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