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That time a study about access to parental leave inadvertently showed us that how we define mental health is capitalist as hell, and also wrong

Let me start by saying I support the ever-loving fuck out of paid parental leave. Imma say it again: I'm an old school commie feminist, and I support the ever-loving fuck out of paid parental leave.  Not because it improves outcomes for kids (as claimed by highly questionable science; more about that later). Not because … Continue reading That time a study about access to parental leave inadvertently showed us that how we define mental health is capitalist as hell, and also wrong

Nothing meaningful is ever simple: The danger of dichotomizing variables

Quantitative research looks for mathematical relationships and statistically significant differences between neatly defined concepts, called variables.  It is often described as elegant, simple, and therefore definitive and scientific, and here's where I'm going to start throwing down. Partly because the idea that simpler equates to more scientific, and therefore more correct, strikes me as inherently … Continue reading Nothing meaningful is ever simple: The danger of dichotomizing variables

Infinitesimally small findings, divorced from context: further reflections on teaching research methods as social justice

My mother has her own terrifying brand of religion and ritual, which as an adult I can recognize as her disordered attempt at keeping the family trauma at bay, but wisdom comes with age and my earliest memories are of being lost at sea, swimming through the images she lived by, disjointed scenes of biblical … Continue reading Infinitesimally small findings, divorced from context: further reflections on teaching research methods as social justice

Missing the (desecrated) forest for the twigs: Research’s suspicious neglect of environmental racism as a thing

I returned to my phd program this semester with the intention of keeping my head down and getting the fuck out with a bullshit degree that would allow me to lead more of my own research projects. I think I actually said that out loud to several people, who all tried to stifle their laughter … Continue reading Missing the (desecrated) forest for the twigs: Research’s suspicious neglect of environmental racism as a thing

More feminist beef: Anonymous public observations, parent-shaming and smart phones.

Starting about a month after smart phones became affordable for the non-millionaires among us, people have been wringing their hands and worrying about the children.  What will constant access to the interwebs do to the children?! And what will happen if, god forbid, PARENTS use smartphones in front of their kids?!?! Fueling this hand-wringing is … Continue reading More feminist beef: Anonymous public observations, parent-shaming and smart phones.