Updates: teaching, reality TV, relationships, sex…you know the usual.

Hello to my new followers! I’m so happy all of you are here for the fun 🙂

UPDATES:

 

  • Teaching Bio 101 is going well. My students are taking their first exam this Monday. They will be asked about the organization of living things (community, population, biosphere etc.) as well as the nature of scientific inquiry and biology itself. They’ll also be tested on basic chemistry related to biology as well as basic biochemistry (two different things but both very important) and the general characteristics of eukaryotic cells. I’ll include a couple of my slides in a separate post. They’re also developing their own experiments related to osmosis and a calcified egg in the lab.
  • I’m currently reading a book called “Reality Bites Back: The Troubling Truth About Guilty Pleasure TV” by Jennifer Pozner. She basically tears apart reality tv and how terrible it is for intersectional feminism and any ground we have gained in the past 20 years. Her central thesis is that, while we know on some level that most reality tv is sexist and terrible and regressive, as well as staged, there is still some level in which we believe that this is the “truth” the reality. Especially since a whole generation has grown up watching this kind of programming. the whole book is fantastic so far. And enraging. I’m going to power through it (unlike when I attempted to read “The Panic Virus” by Seth Mnookin,which I haven’t finished btw) because it’s a subject that is v. important to me, and may help me in my analysis of {strange} sex
  • Speaking of, I am currently in the process of applying to be on Sexperteam, a peer sex education group at my school in the fall! I’m pretty pumped about it. They are really really inclusive and are going to be giving me a lot of my own education and time to work on my abilities as a peer educator, so I reeeeeally hope I get in! Cross your fingers for me! Here are a few of the questions they’re asking me on the application- “Why would you like to be a sexual health peer educator? *””Describe an experience in which you’ve worked with or educated your peers.” Describe a time when you gave a presentation or spoke in front of a group. “How do you think participating in Sexperteam would align with, or would help you advance, your career or academic goals? “”What wellness or sexual health topics are you most passionate about? “They also asked me a series of questions related to my knowledge and comfort level discussing consent, fetishes, contraception, body image, self esteem, relationships, sexual health, lgbtqa+ (including trans* knowledge) subjects and abstinence.
  • So at some point on this blog I wrote about feminist relationship advice, and I’m gonna lay some new amazing advice on yah! I have talked about this relationship book so much with people I’m close to that they’re probably all rolling their eyes right now as they’re reading this BUT I HAVE TO SPEAK ON IT. It’s called “It’s Not You: 27 (Wrong) Reasons You’re Single” by Sara Eckel. Her book is like a long hug from a close friend, it’s that good. She calls out all the bullshit us single ladies are fed in advice columns and from our well meaning (or not so well meaning) friends and family.  She also points towards self acceptance (a tenant of Buddhism but Buddhism is not a requirement for believing in it) as the possible solution we’re looking for. It has been said very well by many people and in many ways, but I think her book does a nice job systematically laying every argument to rest. And a review for everyone (not just the singletons)! Go read Oh Joy Sex Toy by Erika Moen right now! GO ON DO IT. It’s incredibly informative, intersectional, body and fetish positive, humorous, caring and gentle and SO SO SEXY discussion of sex toys, lube, contraception, porn, relationships, consent and personal stories related to said topics. It’s genius. Also she just reached her kickstarter fund to turn it in to a book SO YOU COULD BUY THAT TOO!

Those are my reviews/updates/chit chatty nonsenses. Love you all and blog yah later!

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