After Hurricane Katrina, Home Gardeners Saved New Orleans’ Iconic Squash

“WE NORMALLY DON’T HAVE A spring crop,” says Paul D’Anna, a home gardener in Metairie, Louisiana. But this year—maybe it’s the weather or, though he’s loathe to talk himself up, maybe it’s his green thumb—he got lucky: His backyard vines have already produced around 70 fruits. Read more at Atlas Obscura. Photo:  David Monniaux, CC BY-SA … Continue reading After Hurricane Katrina, Home Gardeners Saved New Orleans’ Iconic Squash

Experiencing Imposter Syndrome? That’s Probably Because You’re an Imposter

That we are the captains of our professional destinies is a lie Western capitalism tells us to prevent the poor from burning the entire system to the ground. You are not the captain of your destiny. It’s possible you’re the rare person who took over your destiny through a thrilling yet bloody mutiny. But successful … Continue reading Experiencing Imposter Syndrome? That’s Probably Because You’re an Imposter

Interviewed for Playboy article on “Fifty Shades of Grey”

Check out Adam Howard’s great piece on the Fifty Shades of Grey franchise over at Playboy It’s a great examination of the contradictory appeal of this very contradictory franchise—featuring some commentary from yours truly: I do think it’s an interesting franchise because it’s premised on this whole idea of the forbidden,” Reina Gattuso, a columnist for Feministing who writes about gender, … Continue reading Interviewed for Playboy article on “Fifty Shades of Grey”

How Psychology Stigmatized Female Orgasm (and How We Got It Back)

Read the full article at Talkspace. For most of us, orgasms are, simply, awesome. Yet from the origins of modern psychology in the late nineteenth century, a combination of cultural stereotypes, pseudoscience, and plain old misogyny created an enduring notion that women’s orgasms were a problem to be solved, rather than a normal part of sexual … Continue reading How Psychology Stigmatized Female Orgasm (and How We Got It Back)

How Mental Health Activists Are Fighting Racism

Find the original article on Talkspace. During the Civil Rights Movement, white psychologists invented a so-called mental illness. Dubbing it “protest psychosis,” these psychologists used the racially-motivated “syndrome” to explain away the reasonable rage of black Americans demanding an end to segregation. Sixty years later, racial disparities in the mental health care system remain, including lack of … Continue reading How Mental Health Activists Are Fighting Racism

Begums, Buddies, and Bandits: Imaging Queer Histories and Imagining Queer Futures in Dedh Ishqiya

The full essay is published at Critical Collective, an Indian journal of art and visual culture.  In December 2013, under Delhi’s smoggy winter skies, the queer community gathered in response to bad news: The Supreme Court had just upheld Section 377 of the Indian penal code. Prohibiting all forms of sex besides heterosexual intercourse, the … Continue reading Begums, Buddies, and Bandits: Imaging Queer Histories and Imagining Queer Futures in Dedh Ishqiya

Pink’s Right. Sometimes You Just Want To Clock a Man With a Beer Bottle

Find the original article at The Ladies Finger.  Sometimes, you just want to clock a man on the head with a beer bottle. This, at least, is the lesson I draw from Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury’s Pink. And boy, is it true. The past few weeks have been one of those times. It’s the beginning of cooler … Continue reading Pink’s Right. Sometimes You Just Want To Clock a Man With a Beer Bottle