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Gaza Is Not Ferguson

August 14, 2014

 

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."

You can subscribe to read the entire piece. 

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. 

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