What Makes a “Tradition?”

Let me begin this by telling you a story. A story that will bring some of my personal frustrations as well as the abhorrent power dynamics around this issue to light. I sat excited for the new semester in the incredibly cold and overconditioned classroom. The people around me were chattering incessantly but I was … Continue reading What Makes a “Tradition?”

Listen to the People: “Female” Circumcision

Many people do not understand the difference between listening to someone's perspective and obeying.  When people cease to feel remotely heard they usually cry out "listen" and those who are already ignoring them think it means "obey me, submit, everything I say is right." That is not what listen means. In fact, I just looked it up to … Continue reading Listen to the People: “Female” Circumcision