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I have some exciting news!  For years, you have enjoyed my articles and commentary on a wide variety of subjects.  An exclusive content portal on my website has been developed to deliver to you, my friends and supporters, an array of revolutionary materials.

I’ve been immensely productive this past year, producing nearly a dozen pieces in one month alone, and I’ve been interviewed and/or referenced by many others, including Nico Lang, Freddie deBoer, and Corey Robin.

A number of my pieces have gone viral, reframed public discourse, and recast conversations outside the conventional paradigm of the left-right divide.  These include “In Defense of Sluts", "White Chicks Behind Bars," “Gay Marriage IS A Conservative Cause,” and “‘Undocumented’: How an Identity Ended a Movement,” and "Scabs: Academics and Others Who Write for Free,"
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Somaly Mam, Nicholas Kristof, and the Real Sex Trafficking Story

June 2, 2014

Excerpt: 

Kristof’s smarmy, know-it-all, white saviour persona has gained him an audience eager to do good for nameless women and children domestically and internationally. Nicholas Kristof’s collected work on sex trafficking constitutes a masturbatory text, allowing do-gooders everywhere to stroke and erect their unspoken desires about rescuing sad, tormented women.  There’s a pornographic impulse at its heart, a sexual fantasy about dark-skinned women and children being raped by sexual predators on the dirt floors of basements, until the white saviour smashes the door down to save them.  

 

Is Your Reading Material Ethically Sourced?

May 29, 2014

Excerpt:

If you wouldn’t buy chocolate because it was made by underpaid labour or if you prefer to buy clothes made in factories where workers are paid more than a bare, minimum wage, why wouldn’t you ask the same questions of the websites where you click on articles?

If people made the same choices about their reading material that they make about their shoes, clothes, and quinoa, they would have to stop clicking on and linking to places like The Rumpus, HuffPo, Open Democracy.net, Guernica, and so many more.  

NEW Subscriber Content, on "Paul Krugman, CUNY, and the Fallacy of the 99%."

May 13, 2014

I just posted a piece on the controversy regarding Paul Krugman and his salary at CUNY.  It's only available to subscribers, and my conclusion is, to say the least, provocative.  

An excerpt:

"But while there’s a longer conversation to be had about all of this in relation to Paul Krugman, it hasn’t really happened yet.  Instead, so far, critiques of Krugman’s salary have failed to rise above petty carping disguised as systemic critique.  

...Which brings us, then, to the issue of what, exactly, would benefit CUNY’s students. I don’t dismiss the question of Krugman’s salary out of hand; I think it’s worth asking, as many do, why an institution that won’t pay its adjuncts and graduate students well or even on time finds it worthwhile to pay relatively high salaries to some...if we are to actually push for greater equity amongst faculty, we arrive at a conclusion that’s not likely to make anyone happy."

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My Review of Jo Becker's Controversial New Book on Gay Marriage

May 6, 2014

I'm delighted to see my latest in Alternet, a review of the controversial new Jo Becker book,  Forcing the Spring, about the Proposition 8 battle and the history of gay marriage. 

Subscription Plan Offerings, Week of May 1, 2014

If you've signed up for my subscription plan (and you should, really!), there are now three new pieces up: "On Cravings, Illness, and Chana Masala," "Why Now? Introducing the Allen-Farrow Series," and today's "Adopting Difference: Race, Sex, and the Archaeology of Power in the Farrow-Allen Case." Next: My interview with the fabulous and amazing Liza Featherstone!  Read more below...

 

"Scabs" Is Mentioned in The Nation's Julia Wong Column

Thanks to Julia Wong, for mentioning and discussing my earlier "Scabs: Academics and Others Who Write for Free," in her April 7, The Nation column.  Her piece is titled,

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