In my two years working as a preschool teacher, I have been affected by many things. I am constantly overwhelmed by the amount of love I receive from the students each day. I am amazed at the ways in which the children take care of each other when someone is sad or hurt. I find […]
There are few four-letter words as nasty as the word “slut.” Few other words elicit such intense disdain, self-righteousness, or indignation. But what it actually means to be a slut in our culture is rife with complexities.
My favorite book, The Great Gatsby, begins like this: “Whenever you feel like criticizing anyone,” he told me, “just remember not everyone has had the same advantages you’ve had.”
Do not tell me you are above the social racial norm. Please. Do not sit there and rattle off the number of Black friends, Latin amigos, Arab habibis. Do not go on and on about how you were raised in the urban area of EthnicCity, USA and at this point you don’t even see color. […]
“The happiest story you’ll ever read,” claims the book jacket, and while I don’t know if I’d go that far, David Brooks’ The Social Animal is definitely an engaging read, particularly when you consider the depth of what Brooks attempts to do.