pressing giles corey to death

More weight

“Institutions are straightening devices: when things are in line they recede. Think of tracing paper: when everything is lined up, you can only see one set of lines. By virtue of her appointment, a diversity worker begins to witness the mechanisms that generate one set of lines, or an institutional line. No wonder things then appear wonky. She appears wonky.” (Living a Feminist Life, 107)

Advice for People with Bodies Seeking to Garner or Maintain Academic Employment

First and easiest: be a straight white able-bodied cis dude.

Bodies should dress themselves in a professional manner.

Bodies should not have attachments to place, preference for geographic region, resistance to climates (weather or political).

DO ignore your own body and the lived realities of others’ embodiment.

Don’t, for the love of god and all that is holy, use your body to make more bodies.

Bodies should not raise a ruckus when they remain (unfathomably, inscrutably, infuriatingly, except wait, white supremacist capitalist heteropatriarchy, never mind, I see it) unrepresented and thus invisible in professional spaces.

You know what, bodies should probably just not mention whiteness at all.

If you use your not-straight/not-white/not-male body to say something in public, expect bodily attacks.

fuck you bitch for real (in rainbow letters)
2021 photo interlude: remember that time I got this in the mail for having an opinion in public about the role of white supremacy in the 2020 presidential election

If you do, against all odds, manage to attain or retain employment in the academy, remember that survivorship bias is real and powerful.

drunk history: I’m crushing you, you’re a witch. I’m not a witch!



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Megan Goodwin

Megan Goodwin

author of _Abusing Religion_, co-host of “Keeping It 101: A Killjoy’s Introduction to Religion Podcast,” and wikipedia-certified expert on (ugh) cults