Philosophy and Love, Politics and Love

A Guide to Reading Paulo Freire’s Pedagogy of the Oppressed–Chapter One

If you have read my blog for a while or have looked at my author's bio, you may know that the Brazilian philosopher and educator Paulo Freire has a great influence on my thought and writing. I wrote my dissertation on education and justice, and the last chapters focused primarily on Freire and his philosophy… Continue reading A Guide to Reading Paulo Freire’s Pedagogy of the Oppressed–Chapter One

Politics and Love, Relationships and Love

About Oppression, Racism, White Privilege, and Justice: Why Oppression Harms All of Us

In the past few decades, the United States has made excellent strides in promoting civil rights, especially for People of Color and other minority groups. We had our first African-American president, and we increasingly see People of Color in our government. This is cause for celebration. Nevertheless, we still have a long way to go… Continue reading About Oppression, Racism, White Privilege, and Justice: Why Oppression Harms All of Us

Overcoming Self-loathing and Anxiety, Politics and Love

Justice Anxiety: When We Feel Overwhelmed about Working for a Better World

Ever since I was young, I have felt a strong desire to work for a better world. I remember being especially concerned about issues of poverty and homelessness when I was a teenager. Do You have Justice Anxiety? As I grew older, I was still concerned about these issues, but I also became concerned about… Continue reading Justice Anxiety: When We Feel Overwhelmed about Working for a Better World

Healing Difficult Emotions, Self-Love and Self-Directed Kindness, Uncategorized

It’s Okay Not to Fit Into the Broken Parts of the World

We often believe that if we are sad and anxious and troubled by parts of the world that there is something wrong with us. Sometimes, however, we suffer these painful feelings in response to really painful and difficult things in the world. It is important to realize in these situations that is understandable when we… Continue reading It’s Okay Not to Fit Into the Broken Parts of the World

Politics and Love

How I Started Believing in Santa Claus This Year. And I am Mostly Serious

I don’t ever remember believing in Santa Claus growing up. There is a recording of me at Christmas when I was three. I opened a present, and when I discovered the doll I had wanted, I exclaimed to my mom, “Oh Faye!” Of course, I usually called her mommy at age three, and I am… Continue reading How I Started Believing in Santa Claus This Year. And I am Mostly Serious

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The Politics of Force and the Strange Work of Love: On the Power To Be In Trumpland

Donald Trump’s election has troubled me profoundly, and I have not always been able to articulate why. It is not just the troubling language that dominated Trump’s campaign, although this is definitely a significant concern. It is not just that my preferred candidate didn’t win the election. My preferred candidate has lost an election in… Continue reading The Politics of Force and the Strange Work of Love: On the Power To Be In Trumpland