March 4, 2009

Infrequent posting, and where my attention has been

Posted in misc, personal at 1:02 pm by LB

Hi all.  Obviously, I’ve only been posting here once or twice a month.  I have to admit, the economy and other political/sociological issues have been occupying my time.  As a result, I have been posting much more on my other blog, Speak Truth to Power, as well as the group blog I contribute to, The Reaction.  So check it out!  But I do plan to keep on writing about gender and sexuality, as I have been, albeit not as much as I’d like.   And I have plenty in the “to write on” column!  I’ve been saving posts for things I’m really passionate about or that I have the time to provide adequate and unique critique.  Thanks for sticking with me!


November 15, 2008

New Blog!

Posted in misc, personal at 1:50 am by LB

I’ve had several pieces I have wanted to write that don’t really fit on this blog, with its theme of gender and sexuality and cultural production.  A few of them have been my last few posts.  So I started a new blog.  It’s called Speak Truth to Power, and it will have pieces that are more socially and politically minded, with a focus on institutional inequality.  After my Master’s Thesis, which as I’ve written before, was a theory-focused, cross-institutional analysis of marriage in the United States, and now teaching Sociology has reawakened the social theorist and critic in me.  So alas, a new blog for lindabeth.  My goal is for weekly posting on each, although with all the prep work for my classes done after this term is over, hopefully next term I’ll be able to write several times each week.  

Check it out and be sure to subscribe!

August 10, 2008

I’m back to writing…sorta

Posted in personal at 10:08 pm by LB

Well, my week of catching up ended up being filled with other, very exciting, things.  I got a job adjunct teaching, I defend my Master’s thesis on Wednesday, and I’m doing GRE prep for retaking the exam for my PhD applications (the cash-cow that is the GRE is only accepted by grad schools for 5 years…then you gotta shell out the big bucks all over again).  So I didn’t really get to catch up on reading like I wanted, hence very little recommended reading links.

For the rest of the month, my posting will likely be lighter than in previous months as I have lots of course prepping to do, which is so frustrating because there has been so much I’ve wanted to write about.  But for the next week or so, expect a bit of posting on the Olympics.

July 19, 2008

I made a t-shirt

Posted in cool feminist stuff, misc, personal at 3:12 am by LB

I’m totally obsessed with witty t-shirts. And I’ve been so pissed about this recent upskirt thing, and I really liked my post title, so I decided to make a t-shirt out of it. Hence, my new Spreadshirt Shop (a.k.a. time-waster for an evening).

My shop is called “Speak Truth to Power” (one of my favorite phrases!) and the address is:

And my first design is:


Believe me, I have way more slogans in my head, so I’ll add more as I have the chance.  But I wanted to make one and buy one right now, so I thought I’d put together a shop!  All (minor) proceeds go to fund my humble blog.

July 15, 2008

My thesis is finished

Posted in feminism, gender, heteronormative, marriage, personal, queer at 7:38 pm by LB

Well, I finally finished.  Today I submitted my Master’s Thesis.  It is now in the hands of FedEx via the US Postal Service.  I have done several posts that in one way or another relate to my project, so I thought I’d share with you the title, abstract, and Table of Contents to get an idea of what I’ve been working on:

“Engendering Heteronormativity:

A Critical Analysis of Marriage in the United States as a Discursive Site of
Cross-Institutional Practices”


This thesis is a critique of the United States’ adherence to marriage as the primary organizing feature of both social life and civic status, which in turn perpetuates gender inequality and heteronormative structures. This thesis demonstrates how ideal American citizenship requires participating in marriage, which further maintains the gendered public/private divide. The analysis concludes that since marriage is not one institution, but rather is comprised of cross-institutional practices, it persists in producing gender hierarchy in spite of the equalization of marriage laws and economic practices in the latter half of the twentieth century. Further, the cross-institutional nature of marriage means that legalizing same-sex marriage is unlikely to fundamentally change the discursive meaning of marriage and that same-sex marriage will be subject to the same normalizing and marginalizing effect of marriage practice.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: What the Same-Sex Marriage Debate Tells Us About Normative Marriage…1

i.    Same-Sex Marriage Advocacy: “We” are Just Like “You…3
ii.    Marriage is Not a “Path to Liberation”…11
iii.    Queer Theory: Same-Sex Marriage as a Site of Regulation…17

Chapter 2: Citizenship, Marriage, and Gender in the United States…25

i.    American Political Philosophy, Citizenship, and Marriage…27
ii.    Citizenship and Marriage in Public Policy: The Cases of Native Americans and Polygamists…31
iii.    Slavery: Property Cannot Make Contracts…34
iv.    The Importance of Sexual Citizenship…37

Chapter 3: Shaping Normative Families Through Taxation and Social Welfare…45

i.    The Depression and the New Deal: Marriage Norms Through Economic Policy…46

ii.    1990s Social Welfare Reform: Temporary Assistance to Needy Families Program…52

Chapter 4: ‘Home Economics’ as a Means of Producing Gender…62

Conclusion: De-centering Heterosexuality and Normative Gender…82

July 3, 2008

Apologies for less frequent posting

Posted in personal at 7:47 pm by LB

I have really posted much less than I’d like to have these last few week.  On June 6th I turned in a “final rough draft” of my Master’s Thesis to my supervisor for assessment, and when I met with her last week here comments were 100% positive and because of all the work I put into it, it only needs copy editing! My plan is to have it sent to the university by the end of next week(!).

I thought I would be able to get back on blogging track after I submitted it to her in early June, as well as do some fun things and spend time outdoors, but in reality that was not going to happen.  I felt like you feel after running a race: the exhaustion catches up to you.  So needless to say I’ve been very lazy…it was good and needed at first but it’s been too long now.  It’s a new month, I’m putting the final touches on the thesis, and I’m  getting back to blogging!

So I’ll warn ya, this last month that I haven’t been writing much, I’ve been collecting things to write about, so some of my posts may be “old” but never irrelevant!


May 19, 2008

Sorry for fewer posts…

Posted in personal at 1:50 am by LB

…but I am desperately trying to finish up work on the final draft of my thesis, due in just a few weeks.  Therefore, my posting over the next few weeks is likely going to be less frequent than I’d care for.  I have bookmarked lots of items to write about later so bear with me until early June when my brain and time is a bit more free!  In the meantime, don’t go anywhere!