class, economics, Marxian theory 

I find "middle class" to be the most obfuscating, useless, mealy-mouthed euphemism in all of the American English idiom (perhaps in British English, too).

*Everyone,* apparently, is middle class. They might be upper-middle class, or lower, or even "middle-middle" -- but they are always middle class.

It tells us nothing about their actual economic situation. Nothing about their relation to capital. It just flattens differences.

Trans Studies Quarterly is doing a CFP for a T4T issue.
A few subjects:

t4t attraction, eroticism, sex, and desire
trans/gender-variant BIPOC strategies for resistance, survival, and worldmaking
Trans communal practices of mutual aid, i.e. crowdfunding; medical advocacy; surgical aftercare; direct providence of housing, food, health care, and transportation; and any other form of non-transactional, non-extractive care.

American English idiom question 

What's wrong with getting your clock cleaned? I have a clock in my home that is particularly dusty. I'd welcome someone to come and clean my clock.

voting, uspol 

I get that we don't get "I voted" stickers because we hate masks, but I like stickers so I was wearing my mask. I am sad I did not get my sticker.

academic publishing + 

I have a print date for my first book!



My new university job really, really values giving talks and lectures.

So, I'm going to offer my services as a speaker or lecturer.

I've given talks at universities like Oregon, Texas, Calgary, and Alberta.

I'd be happy to talk about my research about the , , or (including Mastodon), among other topics.

Obviously, I'm happy to do these via videoconference. DM me or email (robertwgehl at protonmail)

academic book press question 

@mplouffe @bookandswordblog @jaranta

Thanks, all! I accepted the invitation to contribute a chapter to a collection to be published by Edwin Elgar.

There are so many presses pursuing edited collections, some of which are dubious quality. I'll admit I have trouble figuring out the good from exploitative.

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academic book press question 

Does anyone know anything about this press?

Any good at all?

People they didn't tell you were communists in school: Martin Luther King Jr., Albert Einstein, Helen Keller, Malcolm X, Malala Yousafzi, Nelson Mandela, WEB Du Bois, Tupac Shakur, Langston Hughes, Charlie Chaplin, Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Carl Sagan, Mark Twain, Oscar Wilde, Bertrand Russell, Pablo Picasso, Jack London, John Steinbeck, Upton Sinclair, Woody Guthrie, Paul Robeson, Kurt Vonnegut, Leo Tolstoy...

covid19, Trump 

so this clown gets to have his servants drive him around, while grandparents aren't allowed to see their grandkids and dying people say goodbye via Facetime?

covid19, trump, masks 

"Well, maybe this diagnosis will prompt some of those non-masking white guys to put them on when they go to Wal-Mart," I thinks to myself.

I go to Wal-Mart.

"Guess not."

covid19, uspol, Trump 

Looks like he finally got his crown.

pi-hole, ad blocking, phones 

Has anyone had trouble using the ad blocker with Android phones? Are sites able to detect that you're using it? If so... how do they do that?

I'm literally asking for a friend, for whom I'm providing tech support.


oh yeah

It's a song. Just popped into my head. Happy to share

Just got done teaching a class in rural Louisiana. The students insisted that I am from Canada. I'm not, but I found it to be flattering

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