porn in the #metoo era

One of the more brilliant parts of the MeToo moment has been its emphasis on the fact that not all “consent” is freely given. A person can “consent” to a sexual advance on the basis of a disparity in power between themselves and the advancer — the...

Offerings Review Part One

I wanted to review Typhoon’s new record, Offerings, when it came out last year. I wanted the review to be hip and short. But Offerings predicts the apocalypse. Hip and short reviews of apocalypse-predictions only work if the reviewer is being dismissive — and I...

identity is not a fortress

It is fashionable to argue that no one may argue for or against a proposition unless one has had experience of its contents. Men are to make no arguments concerning abortion; cisgendered types ought not speculate on transgender experience; white people should stop...

prayer against the machine

When I was young, prayers seemed to scatter from my lips like pigeons startled from the pavement. Now I drag them out of my interior like a man dragging his Labrador to the vet. It’s not that I believe any less in their efficacy; answered prayers and Masses have...