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MAGA: Sociology is Magic

Okay I want to explain something.

I’m GRATEFUL for #MAGA Hat student in class today. He is the literal embodiment of why I teach.

We are politically socialized by our families and our religion. We don’t even begin to develop a political ideology apart from our parents until we start to develop our lives apart from them.

(Insert #notall)

This is my Every Student™. My student who came in thinking sociology is an offshoot of psychology. My student who is only there because it fulfills Area E.

We discussed Marx Friday and this student probably talked to his parents about his first week of college. College. Not class.

We start with Marx.

“We should all be Marxist in the sense that…”

Their fears come true.

So, this hat.

Yeah, it was distracting. For me it represents so much.

Hate. Fear. Intimidation. Violence.

But this is a child whose world until now has been small. That’s what college is for, a world expanding experience.

This is LITERALLY #whitefolkswork.

It’s also literally my job.

I don’t demand political agreement. Some of my most conservative students have and are my best students and they take all my courses. They are my favorite. They push back against me and keep me always standing on the data and not shifting sand.

What they do have to do, is learn and engage with the material.

I think sociology is fucking magic.

It is the imagination of the object and subject. The special glasses that never again allow us to see the world and be pacified.

I believe in its power to open eyes, hearts, intellect.

It isn’t perfect. Fraught with racism, sexism, queerphobia, classism, ableism…white supremacy.

But my classroom is constantly arching toward inclusivity, toward justice, toward an equitable world, toward a revolutionary pedagogy.

I believe in what I do

I’m grateful for MAGA Hat.

I have this opportunity. I have this small precious chance to open the door to seeing the world a little more compassionately for this student.

I have this chance to show him what it is like when students of color’s voices are centered. When we talk about disability rather than ability. When we queer the neutral and “normal”.

In a world of measuring how “woke” we all are, maybe I can ring the alarm clock and maybe he will stop hitting snooze by December.

Book Comments: Submissive Confessions

Submissive Confessions By: C.K. George, A Sociological Review

This is a little bit different from what I usually write, but my dear friend was kind enough to offer me a Kindle version of her book and I offered to review it in response to the privilege of reading it for free.

A little bit of background and explanation. The author began the journey of writing this book when we were both still writing over at MySpace. I did not read those articles then and in a way, I’m glad. I got a completely unexpected look at the writing, the story and how I felt about the issues being presented.

Of course, I’ll have to be true to myself and in doing so this review will be from a sociological perspective, which for me, is fantastic. I can do something for Mrs. George and do something to stretch my brain at the same time. This will not be a critic of the literary value of this book, not in the traditional sense, but will be an examination of the sociological-specifically feminist-theoretical value of this book, and I think that value is high.

Submissive Confessions is the story of a young woman tricked into a lifestyle of sexual slavery, prostitution, drug addiction and self-loathing. Through her own strength of will, she escapes the man who has become her owner but, of course, it wouldn’t be a good story if that was all there was. Without divulging too much of the story-line, I’ll say this: This book is not for the easily offended.

I think that’s fantastic. What’s more fantastic is that woman can comfortably write very explicit, very violent fiction that in the end, promotes a whole topic of female empowerment. Writing sexually explicit content, with scenes that are at once exciting and stomach turning is a challenge when you are female.

When reading this book, I was considering the work of Bell Hooks and her commentary on the normalization of violent sex and how that normalizes female subjugation. I agree with hooks (failure to capitalize is intentional) on many, many issues, but this one falls flat for me. I think the normalization of violence, period, is bad and it certainly isn’t good for women, I just think hooks finds legitimate what passes for anything related to BDSM as being normalized. It’s not legit BDSM, so we’re just normalizing violence against women, we aren’t normalizing alternate sexual lifestyle.

Added to this, now, as Submissive Confessions exhibits quite beautifully, women are writing about issues of violence against women on their own. I’ll feel comfortable saying that George is about as far from buying into patriarchy as any woman I know.

Bringing me to my point:

I think I just love the post-modern twist that allows a woman to write sexually on violence against women. It’s perfect.

This book is entertaining and important, in my opinion, far beyond just being the goal reached by my friend in publishing a book. It sparked conversations between me and Jim and between me and my mentor.

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Written by thelittlepecan

April 2, 2011 at 12:55 am

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