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Iron Cage of Irrationality in Laws Surrounding Life and Death

I’m pretty sure that when Max Weber wrote about the march toward increasing rationalization and disenchantment in modern societies that he didn’t anticipate the kinds of irrational and mysterious situations that advanced bureaucracies would produce. While he certainly understood that the efficiency that specialization and impersonality produce could also produce red tape and iron cages,…

The Beauty of Older Women’s Bodies

The “ideal” woman’s body is lithe, slim, strong without being bulky. It is covered in skin that is smooth, moist, unwrinkled, taut without being tight. That is the woman we are shown when we look for “beautiful women.” And those women are beautiful. Older women’s beauty is generally invisible in the dominant US media culture….

On My Birthday, a Gift For Freedom

As a kid, I would have preferred to hide in my room rather than go out and knock on doors asking neighbors to buy hoagies or candy bars or magazines or whatever else the school had dredged up for us to raise the money needed for school trips. (And my school went on some pretty…

Who are our mothers’ lovers?

I just finished reading Pat MacEnulty and Tamara TItus’s This is the Way We Say Goodbye (2011, Feminist Press). It is a beautiful collection of deeply personal essays by women, each addressing their role as caregiver at the end of someone’s life. Usually this is the author’s mother, but in one instance it is a…

Ambivalence, Realism, and Holiday Cheer

Three interesting things happened this week. At first they seemed unrelated, but this morning they all bubbled up together and suddenly the fact that they are all happening basically at the same time seemed meaningful. First, my sister got interested in researching our family tree. The initial impulse came from my nephew’s 5th grade research…

Buffy

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you know that I’m blogging a project called My Mother’s Cross, which is a mix of memoir and sociological analysis, and which examines her life and her death, her discovery only after turning 60 that she liked sex and that the sex she liked was kinky,…

Patient Dominance

Yesterday marked one year since the day my mother left this world, and I spent much of the morning with my grief and my memories. In the afternoon, my partner and I headed out to Staten Island for an art auction, where one of his photographs was among the featured lots. On the drive, in…

Everything is Sticky

Last week I proposed to write weekly previews of chapters that will make up this new project, My Mother’s Cross. So far, I’ve shared previews of the introductory chapter called “Maternity Leave,” and a chapter called “Hospital Domme“. Today I’m going to give you a peek into “Everything Is Sticky.” Sex is sticky. Parent-child conversations…

Treating the whole person

The encouragement I’ve received as a result of these blog posts and the material I’ve shared over the past two weeks has been truly inspiring. I wish I could work on this full time! I’m applying for a sabbatical so that next academic year I can do exactly that. For the time being, though, I…

Boundaries

Last week I introduced a new project I’m working on, and shared a small excerpt. Today I have a question. I’ve been thinking about this question a lot as I think about my relationship with my mother, and as I think about how our relationship affected the way she explored her sexuality. What I’m wondering…

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