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Taking the world by the lapels

Here at Casa de Karen, I do not have a television.  There are a few shows that I keep up with on my laptop, but this has its limitations and flaws.  One of these limitations is that I am at least a week behind in watching Glee.  So I had not seen last week’s episode […]

Teaching about rape

Rape is one topic that I have a harder time covering than most.  Part of the issue is that I’m never quite sure how the class is going to react.  Here are two extreme examples from my college classes: Last semester one of my college classes on rape was dramatic and emotional.  Every single woman […]

Sexual bullying is not okay, even when it’s your sister

Welcome back from the holidays!  But more on that later, because I’m too worked up on this topic to be able to concentrate on returning-from-holidays-niceties. There is a recent meme floating around in the flotsam of the great wide Internet that seems to be causing much inappropriate hilarity.  Here’s the basic gist: A teenage girl […]

Reporting sexual assualt/abuse/harassment

There is a middle school here in the Austin Independent School District that is making the news because of a report of sexual assault.  While taking the case seriously, the news reporters, at least, are comforted that this is an unusual report. I have had too many AISD graduates crying in my classrooms and my […]

When girls wear tuxes and boys wear heels

The Western world has been divided into male/female for many years.  This division is slowly dissolving, and not surprisingly it is our young people who are pushing this crusade. There’s a recent article in the New York Times called Can a Boy Wear a Skirt to School? It’s not a terrible article, although it does […]

The pain we cause

Gang rape, pulling a train, gang bang, serial sex.  These painful words that hurt, following or preceding or completely apart and separate from the acts they describe. And then that one word that looms so large: SLUT. And the smaller ones words that follow: she wanted it, she asked for it, dresses like a whore, […]

More on hugs and teen culture

A couple of weeks ago I interviewed John Styn about his project Hug Nation.  One of  the points we talked about was how critical physical contact is to us humans – in particular how important hugging is. Then yesterday, the New York Times published an article on teenage hug culture: For Teenagers, Hello Means “How […]

Sexual harassment is bad! (Wait…what is it again…?)

Some weeks ago, I wrote a little post where I outlined three topics I wanted to revisit in longer posts, but didn’t have the time at that exact moment to write about.  This weekend, someone called me on it and demanded that I write about sexual harassment in middle schools.  (Okay, demanded is extremely harsh […]

So much to do, so little time!

I am so sorry to be so far behind on posts!  My presence here has been truly abysmal, but I promise there are good reasons for it – I am currently teaching five regular classes, the occasional one-time class, working on my book, and trying to keep my personal life in some sort of order.  […]