Guns and gender: "many say" that "some" don't know what the hell they're talking about

Here’s an update on the status of guns at Baa Ram U. from the Denver Post:  The “Board of Governors on Friday voted 9-0 to implement a policy that will likely lead to a ban on concealed weapons on the university’s campuses.”  (Good news, I suppose, but this sounds like just another example of university policies being written … Continue reading Guns and gender: "many say" that "some" don't know what the hell they're talking about

We U.S. Americans are now beyond parody: guns, race, gender, and parenthood, ca. 2014

Jesus Mary and Joseph. As I’m sure all of you know already, a nine-year old killed the man who was instructing her in the use of an Uzi submachine gun this week at a shooting gallery in Arizona.  The  juxtaposition of this story with a story from earlier this summer, in which a mother spent … Continue reading We U.S. Americans are now beyond parody: guns, race, gender, and parenthood, ca. 2014

Trust, gender queerness, and Hillary Clinton

Elizabeth Kolbert asks, “How can Americans trust Donald Trump?”  After all, as she notes, “As has been amply documented, Trump’s relationship to the truth is on par with his relationships with women—opportunistic and abusive. Daniel Dale, a Washington correspondent for the Toronto Star, who since mid-September has been publishing a more or less daily tally of Trump’s … Continue reading Trust, gender queerness, and Hillary Clinton

Gender, family life, and gun-fueled mass murder

Over the past few days, I’ve been gratified to see and hear some in the news media start talking specifically about how all of these killers are men–most of them young, overwhelmingly white and also overwhelmingly socially isolated.  Inspired by this comment from Susan, I wondered this morning how many mothers and fathers of hypothetical … Continue reading Gender, family life, and gun-fueled mass murder

From the mailbag: Enceinte, and doing everyone else’s job for them

Today, we have yet another irrational reaction to a pregnant faculty body.  A regular reader writes in on behalf of a colleague: Hi Historiann! I’ve got a question I’d like to throw open to your readership.  I have a pregnant colleague who’s due at the very end of the fall semester. We don’t have a … Continue reading From the mailbag: Enceinte, and doing everyone else’s job for them

The limited (and queer?) vision of American historical reenacting

Nick Kowalczk offers us a detailed look at historical re-enacting in “Embedded with the Reenactors,”  in which he ponders the fascination that some Americans have with reliving the bloody, imperialistic wars of the past.  I thought this article was noteworthy too because 1) they’re not Civil War reenactors, they’re  reenactors of the Seven Years’ War (1756-63), and 2) the Seven … Continue reading The limited (and queer?) vision of American historical reenacting

The gendered expressions of mental illness and violence

I’m sure you all heard yesterday or this morning that the Tucson gunman who intended to assassinate U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) and who murdered 6 of her constituents and injured 13 others in January was found incompetent to stand trial for his crimes.  Instead, Jared Loughner “will receive treatment in a secure federal mental health facility for … Continue reading The gendered expressions of mental illness and violence