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Battling Synecdoches and Battling Feminists

America has a synecdoche problem, starting with the fact that America doesn’t know it has a synecdoche problem. For the last two months, America has wrestled with texts and narratives that seemed to shine a light on America’s sexism – or did they? That depended on our interpretations of the symbolic values of the texts. We’ve been fighting over synecdoches – over which part should stand for the whole. Media texts trade in symbolism – a movie, a TV show,
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Autism

Reposting “The One Thing I Need My Child With Autism to Know” by Anne Spence

You regular readers of this space are very patient people. Thank you very much for paying attention to my blatherings. And now, for a change of pace, here’s something I wish I’d written, especially on Dar’s birthday a couple of weeks back. Thanks Kristine for showing me this! You will know today is your birthday because we will tell you “Happy Birthday!” You don’t know how to respond except to echo “Happy Birthday!” and you don’t know what birthdays mean,
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Populism

Boo! (Scary)

Why are Halloween and Election Day always so close to each other? Is it because they both make jokes out of our real fears? My whole life, I’ve heard that the Democrats are the party of hope and the Republicans are the party of fear. Not this election. This time, the only thing I hear from candidates from either party is: “Look at how bad the person from this other party is!!! They stink!” Not I’m good, but They’re bad.
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