Sunday door-knocking in Greeley: a report from the ground on election 2016

This Tuesday, I’m taking a break from my Teaser Tuesday feature to urge you first to GET OUT AND VOTE if you haven’t already!  VAMOS A VOTAR, mi amigas y amigos. OK then:  now for my report from the ground in my no-longer-so-swingy swing state.  I spent all day Sunday knocking on at least 80 doors in … Continue reading Sunday door-knocking in Greeley: a report from the ground on election 2016

American biography in the age of the Human Stain

As you while away the hours today waiting to vote tomorrow, and/or obsessively clicking on political news stories and the latest, last polls–click on over to my refreshing, totally non-political chat with Sara Damiano at the Junto about The Many Captivities of Esther Wheelwright.  Sara asked what I’d like people to take away from my … Continue reading American biography in the age of the Human Stain

“An Election All About Sex & Gender.” Who ever would have predicted this?

What a surprise! Who among us ever would have forseen this?  I’m not mocking Rebecca Traister; I truly appreciate her analysis this year and am glad she’s finally getting the teevee time she and her–well, our–ideas deserve.  Men’s marital infidelity and sexual adventurism, even sexual abuse, is fundamentally knitted into the spoils successful male pols … Continue reading “An Election All About Sex & Gender.” Who ever would have predicted this?

Sexual humiliation in American women’s political history: the longue durée

On my way to and from work lately, I’ve been listening to the original cast album of Hamilton, which is of course as catchy and terrific as everyone says it is.  (Trust me:  it’s worth even more than the hype, and I bow to no one in trashing the so-called Founding Fathers, although I do … Continue reading Sexual humiliation in American women’s political history: the longue durée

OMG. LOLz! WTF? “Shrill tyranny of the left” to blame for the Human Stain, everything wrong in the nation.

The New York Times apparently has an inexhaustible supply of so-called liberals who are baffled and enraged by any criticism of their views by the so-called “left.”  Desperately worried that Yale’s 2015 Halloween memo has faded into distant memory, they publish Lionel Shriver’s complaint that young people criticized her opinions on social media!  As the kids … Continue reading OMG. LOLz! WTF? “Shrill tyranny of the left” to blame for the Human Stain, everything wrong in the nation.

The prince’s body and the body politic, 2016

(Deep background:  This post recalls some of my earlier arguments about the dynastic nature of American politics, about which Americans are mostly in denial, at least when the dynasties involve male pols only.  American politics became even more royalist in the first half of the twentieth century, when the U.S. emerged as a major international … Continue reading The prince’s body and the body politic, 2016

Three lessons on women’s leadership from inside an Ursuline convent

Modern and mostly secular folks probably wouldn’t think that religious people might teach us something about politics and leadership.  But there are important lessons about leadership found in my study of a seventeenth- and eighteenth-century religious order over the course of 150 years or so.  After all, Catholic women religious have been electing their leadership … Continue reading Three lessons on women’s leadership from inside an Ursuline convent

Women and leadership: more fresh entries in “Run Like a Girl” series at Nursing Clio

I’ve fallen behind! Remember a few weeks back when I directed your attention to Nursing Clio’s important new series on women who have run for president of the United States, Run Like a Girl? There are two more entries I haven’t posted about! If you recall, the first in the series featured (naturally!) the first … Continue reading Women and leadership: more fresh entries in “Run Like a Girl” series at Nursing Clio

History Made

Hillary Clinton accepted the Democratic Party’s nomination for president last night.  To quote Joe Biden from 2010, “this is a big f^cking deal.” All through this campaign–and as some of you may recall, throughout the 2008 campaign season too–I’ve been disgusted by the irrational hatred that people direct towards Clinton and her supporters in the … Continue reading History Made