The recent episodes of now routine American gun
violence have sparked discussions of the role of
white male anger in it all. This is hardly a brand
new strand of analysis.
Michael Kimmel, director of
the Center for the Study of Men and Masculinities
at Stony Brook and author of Angry White Men:
American Masculinity at the End of an Era,
wrote last November:
Angry White Men look backward, nostalgically at the
world they have lost. Some organize politically to
restore 'their' country; some descend into madness;
others lash out violently at a host of scapegoats.
Theirs is a fight to restore, to reclaim more than
just what they feel entitled to socially or economically
-- it's also to restore their sense of manhood, to
reclaim that sense of dominance and power to which
they also feel entitled. They don't get mad, they
want to get even -- but with whom?”
admits that: “There are plenty of
angry men of color and plenty of angry white women.” But
anyone who's paid attention to the reactions
of people around them has found that many Americans
today need very little aggravation to send them
over some edge...
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Minor on July 13, 2014, again responds to
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"Arguing About Families
- Gay, Straight or Neither"
Dr. Minor's keynote address,
"Arguing About Families - Gay, Straight
given at the Symposium "Legally Gay" at
the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona
State University on March 9, 2012, is now available
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"A lot of very
bad arguments take place using the word 'family.'
By that, I mean they are based in falsehoods
about the history and psychology of families.
They are steeped in very creative, and current-position-affirming
mythology, and void of what we historians call
data. And they are found in every sphere, from
religion to politics to law...."
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Most Helpful One for My Work Would Be —
Zoe Williams: "George
Lakoff: 'Conservatives don't follow the polls,
they want to change them..Liberals do everything
(February 1, 2014)
"The left, Lakoff argues, is losing the political
argument – every year, it cedes more ground
to the right, under the mistaken impression that
this will bring everything closer to the centre....This
is what he believes it would take
to refashion the progressive mindset: the abandonment
of argument by evidence in favour of argument by
moral cause; the unswerving and unembarrassed articulation
of what those morals are; the acceptance that there
is no "middle" or third way, no such
thing as a moderate (people can hold divergent
views, conservative on some things, progressive
on others – but they are not moderates,
they are "biconceptual"); and the understanding
that conservatives are not evil, unintelligent,
cynical or grasping..."
Wlliams: "George Lakoff: 'Liberals Do
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